Located at 230 E. 14th Street, the studios were developed for artists and creative people. Using alternative materials such as corrugated metal, raw concrete flooring, rough stone countertops, translucent bathroom ceilings, and storefront window walls, the refurbished look fits in with the historic logger-railroad area. Spinning off the Soho art district in New York City, the new inhabitants have dubbed Fish Studios the little Coho district.
Breaking new ground with the vision of a live/work studio, architect Ken Richmond was ecstatic to find support from the city planning board which favored the idea of mixed-use cohabitation.
Zoned by the city especially for this type of use, the benefits of reusing an existing building along with environmental-friendly planning made good sense to city officials. The parking lot, made of green pervious material, allows storm water to filter back to the soil instead of stagnating. The studio use also curtails traffic and gasoline consumption, and helps build a collaborative community. Given the historic appeal of the renovated building and its central location, the tenants are excited to be part of the project.
To celebrate the buildings completion and opening to the public, Fish Studios will host an Open House on Saturday, March 12 from 4-8 p.m. for a bite of hors douvres, a splash of drinks, and a four-studio tour.
STUDIO A -- Sound / Design
David Elmgren, the force behind Sound/ Design, grew up loving music and electronics as much as his father did. Seemingly always either building something or tearing something apart, he got his rudimentary education in electronic circuits when he was 16, helping his father build a Heathkit stereo system. Listening to Steppenwolf and Ten Years After on that stereo sowed the seeds of what was to become a life-long passion for music.
After a 20-year career as an artist and part-time architects draftsman and designer, Elmgren found an unlikely opening to fulfill his love of music and electronics. An architect he was working with needed a whole-house sound system for one of his clients and asked if it was something Elmgren would be interested in putting together. It opened the door for him to start what is now Sound / Design.
Elmgren offers audio/video products, design and installation and can be reached at (231) 947-4755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDIO B -- Priceless Photography
Born and raised in Traverse City, Elizabeth Price attended Michigan State University for three years before heading west to the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. There, she obtained a bachelors degree in photography and honed her skills as a photographer.
An adventurous spirit led Price to go on a BIP sponsored trip to the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. She, along with 20 other students and a professor, spread out and spent three and a half months documenting the people and life along the Mekong. Each student had a focus, and Price chose to explore the human impact on a river shared by seven countries.
Relocating back to Michigan from California in 2003, Price brings a fresh style and professional, photographic experience to northern Michigan with Priceless Photography, Inc. She also works freelance for Grand Traverse Woman magazine and was published in the spring 2005 edition of Modern Bride Michigan. She plans to continue her environmental photography on a freelance basis. She can be contacted at 231-883-9384 or Elizabeth@pricelessphotography.com.
STUDIO C -- Amy Yee Design
With 23 years in advertising and 10 years as an entrepreneurial graphic designer, Amy Yee realizes the value in enjoying what she does for a living. Her new studio space at Fish Studios allows her to work -- and live -- creatively, efficiently, and doing what she loves. Yee produces designs for corporate identity packages, marketing and promotional material, publications, packaging, and signage. Local clients include the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, the Grand Traverse Pavilions, the City Opera House, Ravenwood Aromatherapy Products, and the Healing Garden Journal.
Starting in the trenches as a mailclerk at the corporate advertising agency, DArcy McManus Masius, Yee got a closeup look at the creativity that goes into great advertising design. Her creative endeavors fueled, she worked in typesetting and art production for agencies and studios in metro Detroit. After moving to Traverse City in 1990, she completed the Visual Communications program at Northwestern Michigan College.
For inquiries about Amy Yee Design, call 231-933-5366 or email email@example.com.
STUDIO D -- Glenn Wolff Studio
Glenn Wolff grew up in Traverse City, studied printmaking at Northwestern Michigan College, and received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1975. His career path as an illustrator led him to New York City in the 1980s where his clients included the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, The Village Voice, The Central Park Conservancy, The New York Zoological Society and numerous book publishers.
In the 17 years since he returned to Northern Michigan he has been a much sought-after illustrator, collaborating with author Jerry Dennis and others including Robert Sullivan, John Gierach, and Stephanie Mills. His career has also grown to include fine art represented by the Tamarack Gallery, artist-in-residencies for the North American Prairie Conference, The Great Lakes Bioneers Conference, the Watershed Suite Project, Wings of Wonder, and music -- as upright bassist for the Neptune Quartet.
Open by appointment, the Glenn Wolff Studio will serve as a show room, and working studio for his private commission work, limited edition prints, and illustration studio. Call 231-941-0077, visit www.glennwolff.com or email GlennWolff@sbcglobal.net