Artist Spotlight: Kim Fonder

Mar 16, 17

Kim Fonder, a talented artist we are proud to represent at Anne Neilson Fine Art, talks to us below about her artistic process and inspirations. Known for using a wide range of organic materials, her artwork reflects a deep infatuation with texture and touch. She describes her aesthetic in three words, “modern, primitive, and luxe.” Inspired by nature and a love for the outdoors, her paintings provide, “an opportunity to ground and create a calm and tranquil environment.” Keep reading the interview below to learn more about Kim and her fascinating artwork!

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Name
: Kim Fonder

Hometown: Corvallis, Oregon

Currently Living: Tulsa, Oklahoma

How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?

I can’t really remember a time in my life when this wasn’t the case, from a very small age.

When did you start your career as an artist?

Formally, I began with photography in the early 90’s. I worked with a collaborative group that had a mutual darkroom and we curated and produced small exhibitions. We also met as a salon and critiqued each other’s work. Out of these critiques and some of the remarks that my fellow artists provided, I began to experiment with paintings. The experimentation was familiar, but sharing the paintings, that was very unfamiliar. This group of artists that I respected provided inspiration and feedback that ultimately gave me the confidence to show my work in regional shows and eventually exhibit my own work.

Favorite piece you’ve painted?

I love the Tilt series paintings. They are about perception and altering perception. The Tilt paintings are always a mental game. The very small shift of a work of art being just the right amount of perceptual shift to cause the viewer to question it. That is a dance with the painting that I have learned to enjoy as a puzzle to solve. The Tilt paintings are a physical representation of opening your mind to a perceptual shift.

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Kim Fonder, Mare Blue Della Sardegna, 80 x 60, part of the Tilt Series

Who inspires you personally?

I KNOW this is a bit cliché perhaps but there has never been one time that I have ever mentioned Elizabeth Gilbert’s TED talk to someone that my eyes have not filled with tears. That talk, especially the part where she talks about the bull fighter, and how people in the audience say Ole, Ole, Ole, which means there it is a glimpse of GOD… Woah, wow, I honestly have tears in my eyes.

Link to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ted Talk, “Your Elusive Creative Genius”

Describe your artistic process

Very physical. I love to work large so there is lots of physical movement to creating the work.

How much preparation goes into a painting?

The idea is the birth of the painting. If you think about that part of it, the idea is really it. It can take years. The idea is cognition and practice married. Sometimes it feels instantaneous; sometimes it’s a birth. 

What challenges do you think exist in the world of fine art?

Lack of passion and overthinking.

Random fact about you?

I love to bake bread. I especially love making cinnamon brioche. The only reason I can sort of tease out from my obsession to make bread is this, bread is a miracle and so is art. When you begin to knead the dough it is a mass of uncontrollable ingredients, a cacophony of butter, flour, yeast. Only my hands, working in a rhythm, relentless, but relaxed change the dough. What begins as a mess, with time, attention, and a relaxed confidence creates this amazingly wonderful creation.

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Link to Kim’s favorite cinnamon bread!

Favorite location to paint?

I paint outdoors, in my living room, in a garage, in cold weather, in hot weather. It has not mattered where, the painting takes over and I don’t notice the surroundings.

What do you want your audience to know about your work?

I want the work to be the backdrop for their life. I want my paintings to highlight THEIR space and THEIR activities. I want the paintings to create MORE of what their life is.

Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years?

I want to keep expanding and growing. I want to continue to create paintings that compel and are engaging to me and then consequentially to all of the people who are the audience for the work.

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Introducing Anna Belk

Mar 8, 17

Our team is expanding! ANFA is proud to introduce Anna Belk as Assistant Gallery Manager.  Anna comes from a strong art background and has a keen eye for collecting. As Assistant Gallery Manager, Anna will play a key role in client acquisition, exhibition planning, and working closely with our corporate clients; furthering our goal of expanding our reach so that we may be able to do exceedingly more through our mission to give back. To learn more about Anna, continue reading below!

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My passion for art first developed freshman year at the University of Virginia when I fortunately found myself seated in Art History 101. Four years and many art history classes later, I was determined to move to New York City and prove to my parents a degree in art history was a good thing! I began working at XL Catlin as a fine art underwriter where I learned the complicated and extensive measures it takes to ensure the utmost protection and care of an art collection.

During my time as an underwriter, I saw firsthand the devastating effects Hurricane Sandy had on the gallery district in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. The highlight of my job was spent at Lloyd’s of London where I explored fine art insurance on a more global level and analyzed accounts that generally involved higher values and risks.

After four years of insurance, I applied to the Sotheby’s Institute of Art and entered into a master’s program focused on American and European Fine and Decorative Art. The immersive study led me up and down the East coast and finally to London where I recently completed my degree. With an emphasis on connoisseurship and contact based learning, I gained a comprehensive education that has shaped my perspective on the world of art and design.

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Anna outside Sotheby’s Institute in London

Born and raised in Charlotte, I am happy to be back in my hometown after a fourteen-year hiatus. Anne Neilson Fine Art was the perfect fit to further my career in the arts as it represents more than forty artists from around the world providing countless opportunities for insight and inspiration.

Get to know Anna more personally:

Favorite Museum in NYC?

The Frick Collection

Last Concert You Went To:

Van Morrison in London. The night my fiancé proposed!

Favorite artist and why?

John Singer Sargent. What I love most about art are the stories that surround and influence the outcome. Sargent’s society portraits of the late 19th century transcend the traditional conventions of portraiture and embody a deeper psychological understanding of each subject. His quick brushstrokes and vibrant colors portray a timeless glamour without sacrificing individuality. I’m always drawn in and what to know more about each sitter in his portraits. DT2962

John Singer Sargent’s The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882

Favorite city?

London! After working and studying at separate times in the English capital, I feel right at home despite my Southern accent and American habits. I love walking down the street passing by 16th century medieval architecture followed by modern skyscrapers all in one block. The fact that Prince Harry lives there too doesn’t hurt.

Favorite restaurant in Charlotte?

Beef N’ Bottle. I feel like I stepped back in time whenever I go to dinner there. The restaurant first opened in 1958 and not much has changed since. They serve delicious food although I still haven’t tried the fried frog legs…

Random Fact:

I have two dogs, a lab and a pug.  My pug, Winnie, is (Instagram) famous!  Follow along to see her adventures and for your daily pick-me-up @winniedapug.

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Poised Taupe – Color of the Year

Oct 19, 16

Did you see? Sherwin-Williams released their 2017 Color of the Year a few weeks back and it’s bound to make all my fellow neutral-loving friends giddy! Below is a bit more about their selection, Poised Taupe, and curated works from our artists that would pair perfectly with the timeless trend.

Sherwin-Williams described the color as “modern, classic and a beautiful balance of warm and cool.” As trends continue to evolve and shift, it is apparent grey is taking a backseat in 2017 to the traditional tones of taupe and brown. Personally, I didn’t quite see this happening so quickly, but I am excited to see how this classic color will be given a modern and fresh feel to the world of design.

A favorite piece in the gallery that couldn’t be a more perfect match is “September in Paris” by gallery artist, Jeff Erickson. His modern and contemporary abstracts are strong, yet easy enough for any space. His mix of oil and wax give each painting a soft texture, soothing to the eyes. This particular piece was inspired by a trip to Europe with his wife. While two weeks were spent in Italy, their 9 hour layover in Paris’s charming streets was all he needed for inspiration. Croissant, anyone?

Jeff Erickson • September in Paris with Poised Taupe interior

Jeff Erickson • September in Paris with Poised Taupe interior

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Jeff Erickson • September in Paris

This Holly Addi piece is modern and edgy, with a vintage flair. I originally imagined this piece perfectly hung in an airy loft or dynamic mid-century modern home. Yet, now against Poised Taupe, I see this piece bringing a freshness to any traditional style.

Holly Addi • Nordik Study 1 with Poised Taupe interior

Holly Addi • Nordik Study 1 with Poised Taupe interior

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Holly Addi • Nordik Study 1

If a traditional aesthetic is more your style, Deb Kaylor’s work will be the perfect winning combination for you! Her picturesque scenes are comforting and peaceful, warm and inviting – perhaps just what Poised Taupe is meant to accomplish. See below my picks of her work for your future Poised Taupe design.

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Deb Kaylor • Strength

Deb Kaylor • Strength

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Deb Kaylor • Welcome

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Behind the Designer: Cheryl Luckett

Oct 14, 16

Getting to know interior design master Cheryl Luckett of Dwell by Cheryl Interiors.
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Quick Hits:
Name: Cheryl Luckett
Design Firm: Dwell by Cheryl Interiors
Website: www.dwellbycheryl.com
Contact info: Cheryl@dwellbycheryl.com
Schooling/Credentials:
B.S. –Family and Consumer Sciences-Tennessee State University
Residential Design Degree-Central Piedmont Community College
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Cheryl Luckett got her start in the interior design space in 2011. Describing her aesthetic as inviting, energetic and classic (words we would use to describe the designer herself!), Cheryl approaches her designs with the belief that everyone deserves to dwell in a space they can’t wait to come home to. She has worked hard to bring interior design within reach, offering her distinctive look and beautiful designs to clients across a broad range of budgets and achieving them through savvy finds, vintage pieces and carefully curated finishing touches.

“I grew up in a family full of women who had immense pride in their homes,” Cheryl recalls. “I remember my grandmother moving furniture around nearly every weekend, and I looked forward to seeing what new floor plan she’d come up with next.” It’s easy to see her grandmother’s knack for creative spaces has made its way into Cheryl’s own DNA.
20131221_14_55_20aShe draws inspiration from fellow designers in the industry as well as from design books, magazines and social media. Particularly loving House Beautiful magazine, she admits to getting lost in its pages every month. She also counts local blogger Myquillyn Smith’s The Nesting Place among her favorite design books.
img_3286Cheryl’s own philosophy on interiors speaks to the personal touches she puts in her spaces. “As much as I love well-decorated interiors, I believe that a beautiful home is much more about the ability to create a welcoming and inviting space for those who live in and visit it, than what material possessions fill it.”

A thrifted abstract floral original watercolor painting is a piece of pride among Cheryl’s personal art collection. She describes it as “ a beautiful painting with variations of pink and green floral petals (my favorite colors) that flow effortlessly across the canvas. I was so happy the day I scored it for next to nothing. I could hardly get it home fast enough. It now has a prominent place in my living room.”
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Cheryl advises clients to find art pieces that resonate with their own personal sensibilities. She wants clients to choose work that they will love coming home to for years rather than something that feels on-trend. We love that Cheryl considers art to be the “heartbeat of the design,” elaborating that it “adds depth, interest and soul to a space.”img_3285Bedrooms are among her favorite space to design, and her most recent project is counted among her favorites to date: a bedroom for an aspiring 14-year old fashion illustrator. “It was like creating a space for my teenage self,” Cheryl says. “She had a clear vision for the colors and vibe of her bedroom and bathroom, and it was a pleasure bringing it to life for her (pictured above).”

When she isn’t bringing beauty to homes around Charlotte, Cheryl is dreaming of a vacation in Italy or traveling to Davidson to dine at her favorite spot, Kindred. Additionally she considers herself a “busy body,” and seems to always be hunting the next great deal, vintage piece or find. When she’s at home, she’s taking after her grandmother and mixing things up or playing in the garden. But undoubtedly, she’s leaving a bit of design magic in her trail.
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Harvest: Part III

Oct 7, 16

This week, we’re exploring “Harvest.” Below is part III, our final post. If you missed part I, catch up HERE. If you missed part II, catch up HERE.
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Below is a look at the final component of Harvest’s definition and what it means to our Gallery and artists.

4: an accumulated store or productive result.
This means we put our planting to work. We didn’t just plant one seed – but many. We put in the extra hours at the gym more than once. We created more than just one piece in the studio. We smiled and said hello and invested into someone else’s life every time we saw them. And now we are strong and healthy, now we have a collection of works that keep getting better and better, and now we have life-long friends or loyal customers. A farmer doesn’t plant one seed and plan to feed both his AND your family with it. He plants many. And through the trials, the seeds that survived become his plenty to fulfill your few. His result is productive. It is out of our overflow we can help others, but it started with planting our own seeds.screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-1-25-40-pm
Harvest is not just an act, but a mindset and state of being – of actively doing and pursuing the things we need and want in order to give what others need and want. To bring it all back around to art and the gallery, I believe artists live in the mindset and state of harvest. They pursue their passions to create something that will ultimately speak life into someone else. Anne paints angels. She uses her talents and passions in order to give hope and help the less fortunate. My abstract artists create deep, meaningful, cognitive pieces that help others find meaning in their own life. My impressionistic and realism artists share the beauty they see, so that you, the consumer, can forever behold that beauty.

My artists are sowers of seeds they may never see reaped, which can be difficult for an artist. They don’t always see the install or meet the person who proudly displays their work, but I hope that they know through Anne Neilson Fine Art, they have helped plant the seed of a harvest someone else will forever reap. Not just in the art, but in the way we’re able to financially give back through it. ANFA is committed to giving back 10% of all gallery sales to our exhibition partners – organizations and charities within the Charlotte community. We are blessed to give out of our overflow so that others have the opportunity to plant their own seeds, that perhaps were not available to plant before.

So while Harvest is still only seasonally appropriate to the majority of our society, I charge you to make Harvest the banner over your life. To dig deep, sow seeds, cultivate a mature crop, take hold of the blessings, and give out of your overflow. Harvest your relationships, harvest your work, harvest your passions, harvest yourself. Let’s continue to till the ground and bring forth a harvest of change – you can count on us to be doing that. Can we count on you to do it with us?

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Harvest: Part II

Oct 5, 16

This week, we’re exploring “Harvest.” Below is part II. If you missed part I, catch up HERE.
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Breaking down the definition of Harvest further:

2: the act or process of gathering in a crop.
This would imply a seed has been planted; that labor was involved and the undertakings of planting, pruning, and provision for that crop have been completed. Now that it’s produced, action/labor is again needed in order to gather the end result. Merriam and Webster, are you saying that harvest is not just the result but an action too? Major “ugh.” So often, I want the crop without the seed (see point #1), and even when I do plant the seed, and the crop has arrived, I don’t feel like I should have to get it – certainly not myself! Shouldn’t it just be given to me, already picked, cleaned, and ready to consume? Yet, I see the beauty in engaging in the gathering process. I see the self-esteem we all want, for ourselves and for others, being developed during the harvest. I see the independence and work ethic we desire for our children being cultivated during the gathering. How many harvests have I let slip by me because I wasn’t willing to gather? We must harvest the harvest in order to have gained anything.
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This means the harvest cannot be considered a harvest until it is mature. Planting the seed is good. A sprout is the start of the harvest to be enjoyed and should be celebrated. But the sprout has not yet dug roots deep enough and produced fruit ripe enough for us to consume for our highest benefit. Sure, we could collect on the small investment, and say “see, my planting has produced,” but its fulfillment is shallow and quickly fades. I see my generation doing a lot of planting – getting a good education, creating technology, diving headfirst into their passions and exploring entrepreneurism. Those are all good things. Yet, just because we’ve planted the seed, doesn’t mean the harvest is immediate or without uncertainty. There are droughts, floods, and pests in life that threaten a crop’s ability to reach maturity, but each of those threats also help to produce resilience. The crop needs sun, the crop rain, and even need the animals. When we allow these trials to feed us instead of defeat us, we can produce a mature crop, a harvest. How often do we sabotage our own harvest by trying to collect or give up too soon?
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Harvest: Part I

Oct 5, 16

This week, we’ll be exploring “Harvest.” Below is part I, and we’ll see you Wednesday for part II.yellowandgreenpeppers

Harvest… the name of our current exhibition. It’s simple and fitting for the season. I think most people associate the word and its accompanying action with the Fall equinox – along with apple picking, all things cozy, and those three little letters in the order of P, S, and L. I like apple picking and being cozy (confession, I’m not a coffee drinker so I cannot comment on the PSL), but I typically like them just during the Fall. I appreciate them for that time of the year, then am able to move on to the other traditions and typical trends of the next season.

But, harvest, when I really think about it, is something I want to do year-round. I’m not talking about harvesting wheat or apples or spaghetti squash (although I do love a good spaghetti squash). I’m talking about harvesting the seeds we have planted in our life and seeing the investments we have made come to a fruitful, abundant Harvest.countryscene

Harvest, according to Merriam-Webster, means the following:

Full Definition of harvest

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:  the season for gathering in agricultural crops
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:  the act or process of gathering in a crop
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a :  a mature crop (as of grain or fruit) :  yield
b :  the quantity of a natural product gathered in a single season <deer harvest> <ice harvest>
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:  an accumulated store or productive result <a harvest of revenue>

Below is my breakdown of the definition of this mighty word.

1: the season for gathering in agricultural crops.
Nowhere does Merriam or Webster say “the fall equinox season for gathering.” Which means harvesting does happen and is meant to happen all year round with different crops. For whatever reason though, it just doesn’t sound very “Springy” or “Summery” and I think we like to just reserve the term for the Fall. So often I find myself and hearing others say, “Next exhibition we’ll do that,” “I’ll get to the gym once this or that,” “I’ll do it when the kids start school,” or “I’ll paint that when…,” and those things we want for our lives never happen because we are “reserving” them for another season. We want the harvest, but planting can be difficult, tedious, and doesn’t always fit into our ideal calendar. The more we postpone to “other seasons,” the less we can harvest in the one we’re in or about to step into. You can’t gather now what you didn’t plant before.

 

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Behind the Artist: Nancy Marshburn

Sep 26, 16

We’re excited to introduce you to one of Anne Neilson Fine Art’s newest artists, Nancy Marshburn. Get to know this dynamic new addition below!
0041-marshburn_nancy-1Quick Hits:
Name: Nancy Marshburn
Currently Living: North Carolina
See Her Work: http://anneneilsonfineart.com/artists/nancy-marshburn/

A Closer Look
Nancy Marshburn is an award-winning artist working in pastel and oil in a style described as contemporary realism. Her pastel paintings show the clarity, intensity and luminosity allowed with this medium. Her oils continue the exploration of still life and landscape in a refreshingly different media.Artichoke Heart-beat - 9x12 - Nancy Marshburn

Nancy’s signature work combines her intriguing loves of art and the medical field. Nancy earned a Bachelor of Arts in art and biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, followed by a year in Wales on a Rotary International Scholarship studying medical photography. She attended the Medical College of Georgia, completing a Master of Science in Medical Art in 1984. After working as a freelance medical illustrator for over 20 years, she happily returned to her fine art roots.Transplant - 11x14 - Nancy Marshburn

The effects of light intrigue Nancy. Her paintings pull the viewer towards them with strong dark/light contrasts. A Sally Strand workshop reintroduced Nancy to the still life genre, a natural progression from her medical art. Nancy’s continuing interest in landscape painting is evolving towards more plein air work. The need to work quickly leads to fresh, decisive strokes and the southeast offers a plethora of scenes to paint. Outdoor painting provides balance to her more detailed still life work.

Inspired by the ordinary, Marshburn’s art focuses on a moment of beauty in a complex world.
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Calendar of Events Fall 2016

Sep 7, 16

Fall 2016 Calendar of Events

Our Summer exhibition, Peaceful Places, has concluded. Harvest our new exhibition is up and we are thrilled to be partnering with The Learning Collaborative.  Join us Thursday, September 15 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm for the opening reception. Receive 5% off your art purchase, the evening of September 15 when you bring in a donation of school supplies benefiting The Learning CollaborativeClick here to view the school supplies wish list.

More upcoming special events and exhibitions…

 

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Behind the Designer: Summer Tubridy

Aug 26, 16

Getting to know interior design master Summer Tubridy of Onyx Interiors.
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Quick Hits:
Name: Summer Tubridy
Design Firm: Onyx Interiors
Website: www.onyx-interiors.com
Contact info: summer@onyx-interiors.com
Schooling/Credentials: Art Institute of Charleston, BFA in Interior Design
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A Closer Look:
It’s hard to believe that Summer Tubridy has only been professionally designing spaces for six years. She admits, though, that the beginning stages of design started as a child, when at age 10, her father built their family home. Summer was influenced at that young age to design and build her own outdoor playhouse from remnants of stained wood planks, concrete block and pale rose carpeting.

In addition to that early experience and her father’s construction skills, Summer finds her passion from her grandmother’s love for interiors and gardening. The combined familial connections have allowed her to gain a deep understanding and broad sense of interior design from the beginning, opening the door for her to find a cohesive balance between aesthetics, form and function.
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When describing her design approach, Summer says, “First, Concept. Then, Design. Guided by each client’s aspirations, I provide a strong conceptual design to reach an intended goal – a personalized story that reflects the values, lifestyles and individual characteristics of the client for whom it is designed. It is important to me that the background palette has a classic elegant feel, and then layer with a dramatic, modern edge.” Fittingly, then, Summer self-describes her design aesthetic as classic, modern and dramatic.
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As she designs her spaces, she draws inspiration from her deep-rooted passion for science and art, drawing influence from natural materials. As she says, “I look for patterns, textures and colors that can be showcased into a fresh and modern design.” Summer’s favorite room to design in a home is a kitchen, believing it the perfect setting to allow you to play with different compositions, finishes and materials.

Summer also believes in the power of art within a space. “Art provides a story from the artist that captures the hearts and minds of the viewer,” she says. “Art needs to evoke emotion, draw you in, and make you think. If you have all these elements, then it’s a success.”
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Summer’s favorite project to date has been a local, Charlotte space: the penthouse suites at the VUE in Uptown. “I was fortunate enough to work with luxury apartment developer, Northwood Ravin, and select the interior finishes of the penthouses. This led to the opportunity to work with former NASCAR driver, Angela Cope and her husband Michael Ruch to design and furnish their 3,000sf high-rise penthouse.”

When she isn’t busy adding her knack for color and texture to spaces, Summer can be found on the lake with her husband Michael and their goldendoodle, Oscar, or diving into the duck breast and pan-fried corn at her favorite restaurant, Rooster’s Uptown.
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