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John Monteiro

Sub-Creator, Whirlpool Corporation in St. Joseph, MI

You might be wondering what "Sub-Creator" means. Well, many people, like John Monteiro, believe that our Creator created all, so his humble title of Sub-Creator is to keep himself in check that we are all only creating from what was already created in this world. And John does a lot of creating! John's PK is about the value in Creating, whether skilled or not, the process alone has great value. John is a Senior Engineer at Whirlpool Corporation and despite his knack for lean process and measurable metrics, he experiments endlessly in his creative adventures.

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What is Self-Defense?

BY BRIAN ULSH
@ VOL 9 ON AUG 16, 2014

If you think self-defense is only about fending off attackers, Brian Ulsh, who just opened WOLF Martial Arts Academy, is here to enlighten you. Brian takes the concept of self-defense to a new holistic level that encompases our history, community, environment, relationships, health, and our future, not just ourselves.

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Hobby Lobby

BY MARTIN MATHES
@ VOL 11 ON MAR 07, 2015

Martin Mathes is lobbying you to find your hobby, whatever it might be. After retirement, he tried a of hobbies and settled on stained glass. Our venue was perfect for his presentation as it featured some of his stained glass in the windows.

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Creating a Memory

BY MAT DUNK
@ VOL 4 ON APR 22, 2015

Mat Dunk uses his eye for compostion and commitment to his art to capture the natural beauty of the Great lakes area of New South Wales in Australia.

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Sculpting Community: Placemaking with Krasl Art Center

BY BILL LADITKA
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 12, 2015

What happens when you pair up the brains of Bill LaDitka, a Principal Architect and Julia Gourley, an Art Gallery Director?  You get a creative team from two agencies focused on PlaceMaking in St. Joseph, MI.

Bill is a Principal Architect at Wightman & Associates, Inc. in Benton Harbor, MI. He also is an Urban Designer, Place Designer, Strategist, Creative Visionary as well as one of our PKN City Organizers.

Julia is the Executive Director at the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, MI. She holds a BFA, Fine Art Photography and a MSEd in Art Education. She is a member of various local crop-shares, cycle groups, and most obviously, many creative networks.

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The Craftsmanship of the Kufiya

BY BRIAN MEGENS
@ VOL 29 ON FEB 29, 2016

"Too many times, we make judgements on people and situations without knowing anything about them... I decided to do a photography project, which is focusing on people, not the conflict, not the violence."

In The Craftsmanship of the Kufiya from PechaKucha Night Maastricht  Vol. 29, photographer Brian Megens tells the story about his photography project ‘The Other Side of Palestine’. In this project he focuses on life and the people of the West Bank. He made several stories throughout the country. During his stay in Palestine, Brian got intrigued with the kufiya, known in the West as the ‘Arafat scarf’. In his presentation, ‘The Craftsmanship of the Kufiya’ Brian will tell us more about this traditional Arabic product that won his admiration.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, May 31st, 2016. 

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Creating Paradise

BY KIM JENUWINE
@ VOL 9 ON MAY 19, 2017

"Maybe the paradise that I thought I was trying to create is in the act of creating..."

In "Creating Paradise" from PechaKucha Night St. Joseph Vol. 9, Kim Jenuwine shares her 20-year long journey to create a little slice of heaven in her own backyard. Kim's personal vision of paradise has shifted and changed shape along the way so her enchanting abode is in constant reconstruction. From bowling balls to flowers, Kim never stops redesigning her paradise.

Kim is a Color Engineer for Whirlpool Corp, an artist, and has an obvious obsession of gardening. 

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Photography as Art

BY NICOLINA HOLT
@ VOL 16 ON MAR 28, 2019

Nicolina Holt, an award winning photographer, earned her B.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in photography and graphic design. She has worked as a photojournalist, art teacher and photography instructor. She continues her fine art photography and is the Volunteer Coordinator at Krasl Art Center and the Community Relations Director at Holt Bosse. She works and resides in St. Joseph, Mich. with her family.

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From Hastings With Love, Portraiture as a process of self-discovery, creating identities and telling our stories

BY ROSSANA LEAL
@ VOL 13 ON JUN 18, 2019

Rossana Leal is the Director of the Hastings and Rother Refugee Buddying Project and WOMA Women of The Year 2019. She explores the role of portraiture and photography in creating our own stories, remembering the people we encountered and the places that saw us grow and evolve. 

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A Restless and Compulsive Creator

BY ANDREA COTE
@ VOL 22 ON DEC 08, 2017

Andrea Cote is a multi-media artist and educator based in Hampton Bays. Her work takes the form of photography, printmaking, video, sculpture, performance, and installation ­– often working in the spaces between hybrid mediums. She has performed and presented her work in North and South America at venues including Abrons Art Center, The Print Center, The Dumbo Arts Festival, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Islip Art Museum, Photo Buenos Aires, and the Jackson Pollock Centennial Celebration. She teaches and coordinates the Education Programs at The Watermill Center. She has created collaborative and community-based public projects for Riverhead and Greenport, and has an upcoming project for Southampton in 2018, “The Radiance Project.”