At BHDP, the desire to create extends long past the five o’clock bell. We go home to doodle and design; compose and capture. It’s these hobbies, interests and small businesses that prove our collective passion to think creatively and be bold.
As part of our February campaign for ArtsWave and all things art-related in the Cincinnati tri-state region, we asked employees to share the creative pursuits that keep them interested and inspired. Some of the crafted goods and services are available for purchase and hire; others are simply projects of passion. Whatever the case, we are proud to share how we invest in the arts with our time, talent and treasure!
Odds + Ends by William Dodge, Client Leader
William is a multi-faceted maker and enjoys experimenting with metal, wood, and even 3D printing. His eclectic assortment of goods is on display in his online portfolio.
Custom Furniture by Nicole Geis, Intern Architect
Prompted by a studio course she took while studying at the University of Kentucky, Nicole tinkers with projects like this bench: a contoured model that creates a fluid form out of static planar members. She is always experimenting with different ideas as she crafts pieces by request.
Wedding Invitations by Grania Frueh, Graphic Designer
Grania offers unique, custom-designed wedding invitations focused on each client’s personal vision, wedding colors and inspiration. Well-versed in the nuances of fonts, paper and printing, she provides individual attention to each and every project. Visit Grania’s website to view additional samples and to book her services.
Crochet by JoAnn Kennedy, Administrative Assistant
JoAnn first learned to crochet while visiting with a widow at the young age of five. Since then, she has made several items from yarns, including a baby cowboy outfit, complete with boots and hat.
Pottery by Megan Kiddon, Interior Designer
Megan, along with her husband, makes wheel-thrown pottery at Queen City Clay in Oakley, Cincinnati. Her hubby makes beer steins, and Megan crafts serving-ware. Their work is available for purchase at local art shows.
Paintings by Quentin Koopman, Intern Architect
Inspired by the movement and sounds of a musician’s performance, Quentin’s explorations with paint have won him places in New York City’s prestigious HVG Art Show. Also an avid sketcher and drawer, Quentin’s work has appeared by way of Muralworks on the southern facade of the historic Barlow Motors Building in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati.
Custom Books by Rachael Kroth, Intern Architect
Covered in wood and filled with drawing or printmaking paper, these books are pieces of art all by themselves. Available for purchase on an individual basis by local friends and family.
Photography by Eric Kuhn, Design Leader
In addition to his day job, Eric enjoys photography, specializing in architectural and texture pieces. Some of his work can be viewed at his Flickr page.
Jewelry by Alex Lohmann, Graphic Design Co-Op
Alex loves exploring the different uses for wire and beads as she creates beautiful jewelry to wear and share. Currently a hobby, she enjoys gifting her special creations.
Etched Water Glasses by Brenda Lycans, Billing Coordinator
Brenda is a certified Hado instructor and studied under Dr. Masaru Emoto to create etched glassware out of water crystals. Visit Brenda’s website to learn more about the water crystals, her process and how to purchase.
Wedding and Portrait Photography by Sarah Parisi Dowlin, Marketing Communications Coordinator
For nearly ten years, Sarah has offered portrait and wedding photography for clients nationwide through her business Parisi Images. Her style can be described as “clean, crisp, and colorful” and clients love her for the thoughtful, authentic, and reverent images she creates. Learn more on her website.
Hand-Lettering by Amanda Philpot, Marketing Coordinator
Amanda creates hand-lettered graphics, using calligraphy to make beautiful pieces of art. Working for a variety of clients, she provides custom wedding invitations, logos, stationary and frame-able artwork for your home. Amanda also re-purposes old windows (collected by her grandparents) into useful pieces for the home. Her favorite way to give old windows new life? Making jewelry holders to organize necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Amanda’s creations are available for friends, family and on a request basis
Photography by Mark Rebholz, Intern Architect.
As a hobby, Mark enjoys capturing images of his environment; throughout his travels, he has captured breathtaking images of the city, countryside, and everything in-between. Additionally, Mark enjoys custom wood-working, crafting items large and small for the home and office. To see Mark’s photography portfolio, visit his Facebook photo gallery; to view and purchase his wood crafts, visit his Etsy shop.
Musical Recordings by John Willis, Senior Architect
A long-time guitarist, John has recently begun to learn about digital recording and composition. He writes and records his own original music; take a listen at his SoundCloud link.