PRESS and ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Best of Show 2012 - Thumb Artists Guild - Art in the Park
Honorable Mention 2012 - Thumb Artists Guild - Art in the Park
Honorable Mention 2009 - Thumb Artists Guild - Art in the Park
Through participation in the Artisan Group, I have gifted the following celebrities:
Feature Artist Highlight - Copper in the Arts - November 2012
Port Austin artist could gain star attention - Huron Tribune 2012
2012 GBK Oscars Gift Lounge Event Guide
WHIM Originals Heads To the Oscars 2012 WGRT NEWS
Sculpture Design 2011 Port Austin, MI - Huron Tribune
Trendhunter ECO Trend Top 20 2010
Beading Gem Journal - Industrial Chic: Hardware Store Jewelry (2010)
I have gone through a few major changes and career moves in my life. I started out as a Graphic Designer, then became an Art/Computer Graphics/Computer Applications teacher at Birney Middle School in Southfield, Michigan. I did that for 11 years. Then, I had the opportunity to become a Project Manager with an educational software company. I worked as a Project Manger for software companies for approximately another 11 years.
What came next was a major change. When both of my parents became ill at the same time, I moved to Port Austin, a very small town in the Thumb of Michigan . I needed something to keep me busy and started making jewelry out of the gorgeous lampwork beads my sister, Leslie Videki, made. People liked what I did and asked if I sold them. I decided to give it a try. I have been in Port Austin 10 years now and love what I do. Whim Originals showcases my work.