Inspired by her love of art and motivated by her desire to encourage others to make art a part of their everyday life, Cyndi Casemier opened her warm, welcoming gallery in downtown Grand Haven in 2011. Previously, her ceramic studio was located at The Piano Factory in Grand Haven.
C2C features unique handmade artisanal work, much of it crafted in Michigan, including ceramics, handblown glass, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, and textiles. Artists are selected for their excellence in a specific medium and often introduced to the community through a special event showcasing their original work and the artist behind it. Casemeir takes great pride in being, as she describes, “an outlet for some terrific talent that is not available elsewhere.”
Casemier says, “C2C is proud to be a part of such a great commmunity and are involved in giving back every chance we have. For example, we joined the community-wide fundraising effort for the Grand Haven Lighthouse and the Coal Tipple. The gallery raised several thousand dollars to support these important landmarks.”
Every year in May, Casemier and Sheri Greene, Grand Haven High School’s ceramics instructor, select the best student ceramic art for a special exhibit at the gallery. Casemier says, “The students work very hard throughout the school year to be chosen to participate in this show.” During the evening event, visitors can view the students’ work while enjoying live music by Grand Haven High School musicians.
Casemier’s early career as an accountant and stockbroker gives her an edge now on the business operations, while her creative side fuels her passion for offering unique art and crafts to the community. She says, “I love bringing both sides together with C2C.”
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