LINDA & SCOTT LAFONTSEE
30 years of art, framing, & gallery experience
As a noted art consultant, Linda's extensive knowledge of art and framing benefit all who come to her for assistance and advice. She guides people through the process of choosing art with an experienced touch and gentle humor. If we consider Scott LaFontsee to be the "head" of LaFontsee Galleries, then Linda LaFontsee is, unquestionably, the heart. Linda's devotion to customers, artists and staff comes from a place usually reserved for family, but that, indeed, is what we all are to her — family.
Linda's involvement in the community reflects her dedication to spreading the message that art enhances and changes lives. Her keen awareness of what is current and popular is combined with a firm respect and appreciation for history to produce the tasteful results that her corporate and residential clients have come to depend on. As a visual artist on the local, regional and national level, Linda has a developed eye for detail, color, movement, line, and order that addresses every design problem and informs every design solution. It is no wonder that Linda LaFontsee has become the go-to person in the community for art and design consultation.
Linda attended Kendall College of Art and Design and has participated in numerous independent studies, residency programs, and workshops. She received the YWCA Tribute Award for Business, Grand Rapids, Michigan — 2005; Business Honor Roll Award, Michigan Governor's Awards for Arts and Culture. Linda has served as Co-Chair of UICA's annual Live Coverage event, as a committee member for Gilda’s Club, and has exhibited in numerous local and regional solo and group shows.
For over half his life, Scott LaFontsee has developed LaFontsee Galleries into a premier gallery and picture framing business. From winning the Art Serve Governor's Award for arts and culture in 2004, to being chosen as the People's Choice for “Best Art Gallery” 17 times, the business continues to grow. Employing creative programming and a willingness to change and adapt, the gallery has grown to encompass 18,000 square feet, employ 12 staff members and carry over a million dollars worth of art inventory. The framing department handles small to large volume orders with diligent attention to detail.
As a professional educator, Scott is highly sought after for speaking engagements and seminars. Just returned from speaking at the national Professional Picture Framers Association, he is the expert the professionals call to teach others how to succeed in the business of art and framing. Maintaining a thriving business is not easy, but Scott’s outlook on how to achieve success is quite simple. He calls these the "Three P’s": "Be passionate about what you do, be prepared to take risks, and be persistent in doing the work."
Scott is a founding member of Grand Rapids Gallery Association where he served as Board President for five years and is currently the Vice President. He served on The Kendall College of Art and Design Foundation Board for four years and the ArtServe Michigan selection committee for art and artist grants. He is a founding board member of the Monroe North Business Association and has served on the board for Very Special Arts. He manages several large local corporate art collections and continues to consult with various corporations, galleries and individuals about all aspects of the industry. Scott has had numerous articles published about art and framing, including "Artful Living" in Cosmopolitan Home Magazine.