Do you have an amazing coffee table that needs a little life? Architect’s Wife asked her go to girl, Hillary , to add some energy to our new, substantial, mahogany coffee table (so substantial was this piece of furniture, it took four grown men to move it in to the shop). Here are Hill’s fail-proof suggestions for styling your table.
1) Stack Books. Stack your favorite books as an anchor. Books are a great conversation starter and they create an additional surface for you to layer accessories.
2) Add Height. I added a cloche to create height and add interest — this helps lead your guest’s eye through “the scene”.
3) Add Life! Instead of flowers, add a low maintenance plant to the mix for color and life!
4) Personalize the Space. Personalize the look with some of your favorite objects. Here I added some petrified wood and a gorgeous handmade wood bowl by local maker, Lui Ferreira.
And, there you have it — Hillary’s super-simple steps for creating a dazzling scape for your coffee table. To shop the look, click links in the copy or visit our Bozeman shop and have our expert staff guide you to the perfect pieces that will set your coffee table apart.
Whether you’re hanging with your BAE or having a night out with your best gal pal, Architect’s Wife has rounded up our go-to spots for date night around town. From our favorite eateries or goings on about town, to THE most romantic way to start your evening, AW has you covered.
Let’s begin at the beginning, shall we?
5pm Sunset Sleigh ride with Bridger Mountain view. Saddle up with Shane of Sunrise Pack Station and take your boo for an hour long sleigh ride through the woods. You’ll pause midway for hot chocolate and watch the sun descend the sky and finish up with time to spare so you can move on to your next destination: dinner.
6:15 Dinner. Valentine’s Day just isn’t Valentine’s without a delicious meal in your belly. AW has a few favorites in town. Bisl. Bozeman’s newest culinary hot spot (conveniently located parallel to AW). Saffron Table. South Asian goodness. We’ve had friends from far and wide visit and declare Saffron has the best South Asian cuisine they’ve ever eaten. Feast. AW has a serious soft spot for this place. Not only is the food delicious, but our sister biz, Abby Hetherington Interiors, designed the interior space.
3. Show. For those of you who celebrate V-Day in advance, check out Barefoot Movement at The Ellen. The show starts at 7:30, February 11th, so you’ll have to celebrate V-Day in advance, but it’s a small price to pay to see this Nashville folk band in person.
Don’t forget that all important giftie for your special someone. We have an excellent selection of gifts big and small for your bestie or your S.O.
When the doors of Tart closed in the Emerson last Spring, a collective gasp could be heard throughout the Gallatin Valley. Since 2007 Tart was our go-to place for fun, quirky handmade in Montana gifts. When the doors closed it left a huge hole in our local world of retail therapy and more importantly, our hearts. Its proprietor, Anna Visscher, was a familiar face and our tour guide for the tartist landscape of Montana.
But, after 9 years of business Anna was ready to take a break from retail life. Enter Serena Rundberg, proprietor of Nova and Feed Cafes. Thanks to Tart, Serena and Anna had a great working relationship. Not only did Anna run Tart, for many years she also curated the gallery space at Nova adorning their walls with original art from artists represented at her shop. Based on what happened in the months following Tart’s closure, it’s safe to say, Serena gasped the loudest when Tart closed.
Serena was busy operating her latest culinary venture, Feed Cafe, when her light-bulb moment came to her. Rundberg was wandering the aisles of Costco, searching for her next bulk bargain and talking to her general contractor when the moment came to her. Her contractor mentioned his wife was lost since Tart closed. The shop had long been her go-to place to buy gifts for friends and family and there was a huge void left with its closing. That’s when it hit her, there was some vacant space next to Feed which, for a variety of reasons, couldn’t be converted to extra seating for the restaurant, why not relocate Bozeman’s beloved boutique to this space?
Serena has a reputation for being a dynamo, so it didn’t take long for her plan to re-open Tart to come together. She immediately reached out to Anna, negotiated the purchase of Tart, and her ambitious plan to open by Black Friday 2016 was realized.
For long time Tart loyalists, the new space will feel familiar. It is light and bright with touches of yellow and the iconic button closure gift boxes are stacked neatly behind the counter. The store continues to carry exclusively handmade art and gifties with at least a dozen carry over Tartists, but they’ve made a commitment to cast a wider net and are now working with artists from around the United States to bring Bozeman unique, one-of-a-kind finds.
You may have noticed this post has nothing to do with furniture or a maker that we work with. It has everything to do with why we love our community — because it supports local talent and handmade goodness and holds on to businesses that are worth keeping around. In this age of encroaching box stores, Architect’s Wife couldn’t be happier to see this darling of Bozeman back in business. If you haven’t visited the new space, get yourself over there! Better yet, stop by Feed for breakfast and browse Tart’s offerings while you’re waiting for your grub.
Wait. You didn’t think I forgot about the scoop I teased you with on Le Social Media, did you? Never. You heard it here first folks: Nova and Feed will be joined by a sister restaurant which will take up residence in The Cannery district! Stay tuned folks, more deets to come!
Stepping on to the property of The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts is like stepping on hallowed ground for a ceramic artist. The sprawling compound is a former brick factory and the dream of Archie Bray to “make available for all who are seriously interested in the ceramic arts, a fine place to work.” Located just three miles outside Helena, Archie inherited the brick factory from his father, Charles, when he passed away and in 1951 he joined together with Peter Meloy and Branson Stevenson to build the Pottery. Rudy Autio and Peter Voulkos both talented ceramicists in their own right were brought in to manage the pottery and quickly established the foundation as a significant center for the creation and study of ceramics.
Since its humble beginnings 65 years ago, The Bray has hosted over 675 resident artists from all over the world from as far as Taiwan, China, Serbia, and Israel to name a few. Ceramic masters like Akio Takamori, Sarah Jaeger and Steven Young Lee (The Bray’s current director) have all attended The Archie Bray making it a world class facility.
True to Archie’s vision, the Bray encourages and celebrates the work of the artists by hosting gallery space and providing studio space to the resident artists as well as a shop for the makers to sell their pieces. The result is that the artists are given the freedom to study, test, and create work at their own pace as well as learn from each other.
Architect’s Wife had the opportunity to visit the Archie Bray Foundation last Spring and wander its grounds. One of the things that stood out for AW during her visit is the accessibility the public has to this space. Everyone is free to experience the facility by visiting the gallery and touring the studio space to see the artists in action. There is even an artist’s shrine which ceramicists have been contributing to over the years. This place is special and well worth the drive to soak in the wonder of watching people study their craft and view their original works in clay.
AW couldn’t let a trip to the gallery pass without making a few acquisitions for the shop, so if you don’t have time to visit Helena (although we HIGHLY recommend the trip), stop by our furniture shop to gaze at the works of some of the current resident artists.
Are you a New Year’s resolution keeper? I love the idea, but I’ve tried them with high hopes and great expectations for many years and then life seems to take hold and those goals fall off the radar within at least a month. In my younger years this was frustrating, now I take comfort in knowing myself well and sparing myself the stress. Instead, I’ve taken to keeping the resolutions simple, like recharging my main living space each Winter with new accessories and pillows. The psychology for me is that creating an inspired space supercharges my creative impulses, something I use every day and something which is essential to my design process.
With that in mind and to jump-start your creative juices, I’ve styled one couch (The Radley, by Cisco Brothers) two ways. My hope with this post is that it will be a great jumping off point for you to get inspired to create an inviting place to come home to which drives your motivation through out the year.
LOOK ONE: Casual comfort. We styled The Radley, one of our most popular sofas, with piles of Kilim pillows and two complimentary Cisco Brothers arm chairs. There is a lot of pattern in this vignette, but it works because there is a common color and fabric texture theme throughout. Art by Cherlyn Wilcox, Havoc Hendricks, Stephanie Ho and Ben Pease tie all these colors together. Don’t be afraid to add lots of layers to your space with mementos from far flung travel and your favorite books. Surplus pillows can always be tossed on the floor for extra seating.
LOOK TWO: Sultry & Seductive. We added some Winter whites and flirtatious furs to set the mood for this second look. Deep wine colored fur pillows along with Mongolian fur set the stage for The Radley here. This is the quintessential look for cooler climes and the perfect place to cool your heals after a long day at work or on the slopes.
Stop by Architect’s Wife downtown to get great ideas for sprucing up your existing furniture with pillows and accessories or indulgence in an entirely new look. We have incredibly talented women ready to help you put together an entirely new look or just refresh the space you call home.
When you visit Shaw Thompson at Misco Mill, it’s easy to see where his inspiration comes from. I had the opportunity to visit him in November as afternoon light bathed his work shop with a late autumn glow. His space was magnificent and the stuff every artist dreams of for their studio. Shaw is both a visual artist and furniture maker and the visit to his studio and gallery was a little like coming home because it’s where our sister business, Abby Hetherington Interiors, began and where the idea for Architect’s Wife was born.
Even more impressive than the light-filled studio space is the fact that Shaw along with his brother and father renovated the 80 plus year old building starting in 2000. The grain mill was functional until the 1980’s, but fell in to disrepair after it closed, so much so that Shaw says it resembled a pigeon coop when his family took possession of the building. Their hard work over the last 16 years stands now as one of Bozeman’s most iconic landmarks and home to a family that worked really hard to keep the space alive.
It’s hard to believe 300 square feet of this inspiring space was occupied by Abby Hetherington Interiors just a little over two years ago. Our little design firm began here in a tangle of fabric swatches and tile samples and quickly grew to three employees who, in turn, outgrew our modest one room office. Not only do I have great respect for Shaw’s work I also have really great memories of dreaming big and toiling away until I made those dreams a reality. So, take a minute to learn more about this great guy who breathed new life in to a great space.
I have been building furniture since 1992. I was going to San Francisco State for a painting and drawing degree and someone asked me to build a desk for them. I obliged and loved everything about it. I realized it would be something I would love to do for a living. So from that point on, I have always divided my time between furniture making and painting. Furniture gets more of my time these days, but painting is really how I want to leave my mark on this world.
Tell me about your process.
What’s my process? Well it varies a lot. Sometimes I have a beautiful piece of wood, which I want to be the main focus. So then I might make a simple steel platform or base that showcases the wood. Other times I might find a piece of farming equipment which dictates the overall design of the object. For example, for years I have looked at and loved the shape of this old plow which I found. So, I thought really hard about a way to compliment that shape. (I get a lot of inspiration from shapes of objects.) I decided the plow would lend itself well to a floor lamp and the rest is history. A lot of the objects I incorporate in to my furniture are antique, but then I like to give it a simple modern context in which it can live. I find it very exciting to try to find a balance between old and new.
You renovated the Misco Mill. When and how did this project come about?
My dad, brother and I have renovated this grain elevator from a pigeon coop to a home, workshop and gallery over the course of several years. We bought the building back in 2000 and it seems like the work is never done. It is a lot to keep going, but we feel very fortunate to be able to call it home. It was built in 1933, which highlights how agriculturally rich the Gallatin valley was even during the Great Depression.
Anyone who is a furniture maker or artist knows how important your creative space is. This building spoke to me immediately. And maybe it was the shape of it… There is something special for me about the roof lines of this grain elevator. Initially, I was looking for a live/ work space, which this is, but just a lot bigger than I was thinking in the beginning. But when you put all the family members in it- then it makes sense.
Tell me a little about the gallery and the artists whose work inhabits the space.
We are a little selfish with our gallery space :). Most of the work in the gallery is either mine or [belongs to] my brother, Nate. But we do have some amazing walnut tables by Lance Hossack and some incredible veneer work by Phil Howard in the form of walnut burl side tables. We also have some beautiful textiles by Abby Foster which she’s made into pillows. Her fabric is also available for purchase and can be made in to wallpaper as well. All of these artists call Montana home.
How long have you lived in Bozeman? What brought you here?
I have lived in Montana for about 16 years now. I was passing through this beautiful state when I was 15 and it struck a very powerful chord inside me. It took me awhile to get back here, but I made it. After a life of moving a lot [I was raised in a military family], I feel very lucky to call Montana home.
What do you love about Montana?
I was initially drawn to the rivers and mountains, and just the empty space. This continues to fuel my spirit. This part of the country never disappoints.
What’s your favorite place to go out in Bozeman?
It is becoming harder to leave my little northeast neighborhood these days. I’m still trying to figure out my favorite place — it’s between Wild Crumb, Treeline and Rendezvous food truck. It changes every day :).
What are the last three things you Googled? 1. How to cook potatoes au gratin (substituting sweet potatoes). 2. An old car on Craigslist 3. What time is it in Morocco?
What’s on your shop playlist?
The Black Keys ( older stuff), for getting the blood moving and just spark some gritty motivation. Built to Spill, for cerebral thoughts and more driving motivation. First Aid Kit, for a truly lovely sound and inspiration… “Keep on keeping on…”
If you’re in Bozeman make sure you stop by Misco Mill and check out Shaw’s gorgeous original furniture and art. He’s around most days, but it’s worth it to give the gallery a call and announce your arrival, because he might just be grabbing a pastry at Wild Crumb when you decide to come a’calling.
What’s The Architect’s Wife’s favorite thing on Christmas morn? The stocking hung by the chimney with care, of course! Because who doesn’t love tearing through a sockful of tiny presents in rapid succession. Plus, it really is true what they say: BIG things come in small packages.
So, without further adieu, here’s our carefully edited list of small treasures for Santa to stuff in your stocking this year.
Shop all these great gifts on our website or stop by our downtown furniture store to get your fill of stocking stuffers and don’t forget to try out our carefully curated collection of furniture while you’re here!
Heading to the house of the hostess with the mostess this holiday season? Show up with more than a bottle of wine for your next dinner party with the help of Architect’s Wife. We have some creative ideas to get you on the good guest list this holiday season.
1. Spotted Low Bowl, $34. In charge of the side dish? Show it off in style with this spotted bowl. Bring a dish, leave a dish. 2. Copper Standing Bowl, $165. Fill this beauty with some roasted nuts or fresh fruit and leave it behind. 3. Wood Grain Montana Love Blanket, $175. Because who doesn’t love Montana and who doesn’t want to spend the entire Winter curled up in front of the fire with this buttery soft blanket. 4. Stovetop Espresso Maker, $29. Because espresso is a must with dessert. Gift this to the coffee connoisseur and be sure to bring along a bag of your favorite local beans. We love Treeline’s Rock Me Mama Espresso Blend. 5. Brass Enamel Vase in Mint, $65 (also available in cream & black and larger sizes). Bring a centerpiece for the table and leave this stylish vase behind. Looking for some flowers in a pinch? Stop by Labellum for a quick bouquet. 6. Black Iris & Tonka Diffuser, $30. Help your hostess set the mood with this aromatic diffuser by Alassis. 7. Frosted Fig and Cranberry candle, $39.95. Help your host conjure the scents of the season with this gorgeous candle. Also available in Noble Fir. But hurry, these are only available while supplies last! 8. Ridley Pop Music Quiz, $10. Avoid those awkward silences and figure out who has pipes like Prince with a fun music quiz. 9. Craft Cocktails Book, $50. Because who doesn’t love a good cocktail? The only party faux-pas would be to forget the fixings for one of the amazing recipes you’ll find in this book. 10. Games Compendium, $25. Because games at a party = F.U.N. 11. Rasttro Cutting Board, $100. In charge of the cheese board? Great! fill this carefully crafted walnut slab with charcuterie and your favorite selection of cheeses and leave it behind for the host to dazzle her guests at her next party. 12.Hand Carved Walnut Spoons, $36. Tie these up with a pretty red bow and hand them over for your bestie to serve up salad or a side dish. 13. Officer Napkin Ring Set, $50. Be the Officer and the Gentle(wo)man with the ultimate classy gift: silver napkin rings. Want to take this gift to the next level? Slide some linen napkins in to these beauties and tie them in to a bundle with a shiny plaid ribbon.
If this doesn’t help you break that mental gift giving block, stop by Architect’s Wife for more hostess present ideas. We have even more games and gifts to choose from (and furniture too)!
Thanksgiving is just a week away (The Architect’s Wife may or may not be in denial about this) which has The AW thinking about setting a beautiful table for her guests. When I was a kid it meant my mom pulled out our best china and the silver she and my dad were gifted on their wedding day. I would help her set the table, unfurling the linens that only made their appearance on holidays, placing my homemade place cards by each plate, and busting with excitement at the prospect of drinking juice from crystal glasses.
With that in mind, we partnered up with Kait Constanti of Bash, one half of a local wedding and event coordinating duo, to help us create a swoon-worthy Thanksgiving table for your holiday guests using our line of plates and glasses. Read on to check out her gorgeous take on a modern table and get her tips for creating an inviting place for your guests to enjoy their turkey dinner.
Fall’s bounty is so plentiful and colorful. Use those natural elements to add depth to your table. Here Kait placed pomegranates along side our spotted plate collection to add a pop of color to the tablescape.
What are your top 3 tips for hosting Thanksgiving at your home? 1. Don’t try to be MARTHA STEWART at the 11th hour. I hosted Thanksgiving a couple years back and decided I was going to cook EVERYTHING from scratch and, while it was a super good meal, I didn’t enjoy the process as much. I love to design and decorate but cooking for 12+ hours, not so much.
2. PLAN AHEAD [especially when it comes to] shopping. Don’t go to the store on the day of thinking you’ll get those last minute herbs. They’ll be out and you’ll be bummed. Make a list and get er’ done way ahead of time and beat the last minute shopping anxieties surrounding the day.
3. Have FUN with it! Try to come up with a unique table scape and interesting cocktails or mocktails for the night to create some fun talking points for guests. Make it an experience that is remembered versus the same old Thanksgiving dinner that we’ve all seen/been a part of.
What are you top 3 tips for setting a gorgeous table? 1. Start with your color story and make sure to create depth and dimension by choosing a palate that is unique. Find images that inspire you and use that as a jumping off point. 2. Color outside the lines. Just because thanksgiving traditionally incorporates pumpkins on the table doesn’t mean you have to. Create a look that is interesting and artful that feels unique to you and your family. 3. Always use fabric napkins. End of story.
Left: Kait reached out to Remy Greco-Brault of Labellum to create a beautiful centerpiece for her Thanksgiving tablescape. Right: One of Kait’s top tips for completing you Thanksgiving look — cloth napkins.
What are your tips on being a gracious host? I love hosting and I ask our guests to do nothing but eat, drink and enjoy themselves while at our house. They aren’t allowed to do dishes/clean up as I think of it as a gift to our guests. We all have to do dishes/clean on the daily for ourselves so why not treat others while at your house to relax and have the night off? That’s my personal opinion.
What’s your favorite host/hostess gift? LOVE giving anything from Remy at Labellum— she always puts together a unique last minute gift such as an air plant in a concrete vessel, fun vases with blooms, etc! Easy, quick, go to.
What is your top tip for a guest? Relax! Enjoy! Drink! Eat!
Who is your hostess icon? This won’t mean much to any of you but my Grandma Barbara was the consummate host. She loved herself some dinner parties and was constantly hosting people at she and my Grandpa’s house in Southern California. She was organized, poised, gracious, all about the details and always with such style. She was never frantic even while hosting a 50 person Christmas dinner at her house. She is #goals for sure and I learned a ton from her entertaining style. Our family joke is ‘She’s going full Grandma Barbara mode’ when my mom and I host dinner parties.
Best Thanksgiving ever? Hard question! They’re all special and unique in their own ways. My husband and I ditched out on Thanksgiving a couple years ago with his brother, sister in law and new baby to Sayulita, Mexico, and did it well down there. However, I do love myself a traditional Thanksgiving with all family and friends around.
What are you thankful for? Another tough question– SO much! My husband and I are fortunate to travel quite a bit and generally choose to go to developing countries. Travel offers a ton of perspective; we’re all so lucky. Health, family, friends, shelter, jobs, safety, our dog, Hillshire! [There is ] so much to be thankful for year round. Favorite Thanksgiving dish? I’m boring. Probably brussels sprouts or pumpkin pie.
No cheating. What are the last 3 things you Googled? Answers are so random but true! 1. What is traditional Kazakstan food? 2. How far is Albuquerque to Santa Fe? 3. Any rescue dachshunds available in Montana?
To get this look stop by The Architect’s Wife’s downtown furniture store and shop our collection of spotted tableware and recycled glassware.
The Architect’s Wife is certain that Havoc Hendricks was predestined to be an artist. Not only does his name vibrate the abstract art concept, his inspiration for becoming an artist came at a very young age when he noticed an abstract painting in a neighbor’s living room and he was determined to make beautiful paintings just like it.
Ours is a modern day love-affair with Havoc. We discovered his conceptual take on mountains, geodes and moonscapes on Instagram and quickly asked him to send several pieces for the shop. Read on to learn more about why we’re so smitten with this guy and discover his hidden talent (hint: it involves the color blue and it is spectacular). Without further ado, meet Mr. Hendricks.
All images by Laura Hendricks unless otherwise noted.
How long have you been working as an artist?
Almost 8 years.
How did you get started working with paint?
My neighbor had an abstract painting in their living room that I really loved as a kid and I remember thinking that I wanted to learn how to make beautiful paintings like that. I’m a self taught artist. While art students learn a lot of valuable things pertaining to the craft, I feel like I was able to discover a lot of informal techniques that helped shaped my creative expressions in ways that might have been stifled by academia.
Tell me about your process.
Each series employs different techniques, tools, etc. My Mountain Lines series uses a technique where I build up different layers of paint on a canvas and then I strategically remove certain parts of the various layers to expose what’s underneath whereas others in the same series require me to hand paint each line individually. My Geode Collection uses a type of marble technique that involves making the oil paint as thin as possible to help it take on the natural fluid shapes that I’m looking [to illustrate]. My Moon series involves a process where I mix different colored sand (sourced from places all over the United States) in order to give the paintings a three dimensional texture that really gives the illusion that’s realistic and abstract at the same time.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Anything that combines “MINIMAL – ABSTRACT – POSH – ORGANIC”. I am on a journey to make organized chaos in the most beautiful way possible. I’m also inspired [a great deal] by “future me”. Future me is a person that has his dream house and he tells me if something I’m making is of a high enough visual quality to belong in his perfect home and [whether] it’s something that he’ll want to stare at for the next twenty years.
Name a living artist that you admire.
I have so many, but Ran Ortner drops my jaw without any thinking required. What do you like about his work? Ran has the ability to capture one of the most complicated patterns that nature can produce.
Mike Nesbit is an architect in L.A. who creates amazing abstract art using his architectural expertise. What do you like about his work? I Love how Mike uses his extensive architecture training & profession as a platform from which to express his abstract art. There’s a touch of perfect, mathematical undercurrents throughout his pieces that I’m always drawn to.
Sol Lewitt explored lines and shapes in a way that I find myself referencing quite often. What do you like about his work? Sol Lewitt did all the hard work for me. He explored and pushed to the for-front of the art world the many patterns and relationships that lines share with each other- both two & three dimensionally.
Your pieces have a strong tie to the natural world, but your pieces have an abstract quality to them. How did you decide to blend those two very different worlds?
I am obsessed with the fact that the same line patterns can be found in all of nature’s elements: rock, water, cloud patterns, wood, fire, etc. I also found through many years of making art that my true talent lies in abstract expression. It was a simple marriage of the two for me.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
I think a hard thing for aspiring artists is to come up with a style that is unique to them and them only. I’d say you’ll only be as good as the amount of time you put into developing your skills & through years of practice you’ll naturally gravitate toward some aspects [of your technique] and discard others. Eventually what you have left will be unique and have a quality others will respond to. Before I was making organized chaos I was just making . . . chaos.
Your wife is also an artist, a photographer to be exact, do you draw inspiration from one another? Do you do old-fashioned critiques like you experienced in college?
More than you could ever imagine. We literally run everything by each other to have that second tier of visual approval before we [reveal anything to our audience]. Being brutally honest about each others art is indispensable and I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today without her input. Often times we leave the house and realize we’re dressed almost exactly the same!
How did you two meet?
We were both in college at a rollerskating party. I thought she was the hottest girl I’d ever seen. I almost messed everything up when I squirted her with a squirt gun to get her attention. Lucky for me it was dark and when I introduced myself to her a month later she had no idea that I was the same annoying guy from the skating rink. How did she express her annoyance? The second time I skated by her I was met with a soul-penetrating stare of pure dissatisfaction. She later told me that she was “just kidding”.
How long have you lived in Utah? What brought you to Utah (please disregard if you are a native)?
We’ve lived in Utah for a total of 5 years now. We originally moved to Utah because of the outdoor opportunities and it happens to be a central location between both of our families.
Where are you from originally?
I grew up in a small neighborhood in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The neighborhood was literally called “McDonald’s Farm”. On one side of our house was an open canal and acres of potato fields on the other. I attribute my creativity and attention to detail to many long childhood years wandering the countryside with nothing but nature and my own mind to keep me company.
What do you love about Utah?
We live in a narrow valley that has a lake on one side, a mountain range on the other side, and only three miles between at it’s shortest point. The inspiration and recreation is endless! Provo, Utah is one of the best kept small city secrets in America.
What’s your favorite place to go out in Utah?
There’s a pretty amazing burger house called Cubby’s that isn’t predictable, boring food.
What book are you reading right now?
Catch Me If You Can, by Frank W. Abagnale
Favorite TV show?
What music are you listening to these days?
Only the best from the genre of Chillstep.
No cheating. What are the last three things you’ve Googled?
Ha, ha! This is such a good question! 1. Timberland winter extreme 9″ super boot. 2. Who & what issues will be on the 2016 ballot Utah county. 3. Build your own Adidas Superstars.
Anything else you’d like me to know about you?
A lot of people don’t know that I had a short stint as a Blue Man in The Blue Man group. ?
Do tell more! How and where did this come about?
I was attending Grad School at James Madison University (in Virginia) when I saw an ad for open call auditions for The Blue Man Group. I went out of pure curiosity and only to get a free “behind the scenes” experience. Only, when I auditioned, they got really excited and kept telling me that I was a “real” Blue Man in real life & that they didn’t think they’d have to train me very much. After a couple more days of call-backs and auditions they hired & spirited me away to live in Manhattan where I trained with four other recruits from around the country. Because I was the only one who didn’t have a degree in acting, I had no idea what language the trainers were speaking every day. After a couple months they finally admitted that I should take a hiatus to get an acting degree & then promptly return to join their ranks. However, instead of going to acting school- I realized the world of professional creativity was at my fingertips and I chose a route that has been much more suited to my long-term artistic goals. And that’s how I became a Blue Man on accident 🙂
Stop by The Architect’s Wife downtown furniture store to take a closer look at Havoc’s work and to understand why we love his work so much.
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