Getting to know our co-host Matthew Provoast

Matthew Provoast, our co-host talks about his own fine art practices, a body or work “Dear Grandpaw”, and owning Light Gallery + Studio.

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To kick off our new podcast, Light Conversations, where we talk about the arts and sit down for conversations with creative leaders in Grand Rapids, we thought we’d first let you get to know each of our co-hosts. In this episode, Holly Bechiri sits down to interview fellow co-host Matthew Provoast, co-owner of Light Gallery + Studio and commercial photographer specializing in weddings.

Ashley & Afton’s Fall wedding at Green Garden Farms in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Ashley & Afton’s Fall wedding at Green Garden Farms in Battle Creek, Michigan.

“12,000 Miles From The World” Encaustic Image Transfer Collage 24’’ x 42’’ 2016.

“12,000 Miles From The World” Encaustic Image Transfer Collage 24’’ x 42’’ 2016.

We get a chance to get to know another side of Matthew, his fine art photography, including the “Dear Grampaw” series, built off of found photos and ephemera Matthew discovered that his grandfather had saved from his time serving in the Vietnam War.

“Dear Grandpaw” On display at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan 2017.

“Dear Grandpaw” On display at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan 2017.

He talks about the power of making connections to his grandfather and learning more about the realities of the Vietnam War through finding these photos and letters, and working with them in creating his artwork. We learn his philosophies on storytelling in art, especially in photography, and uncover the reason he’s been able to start a freelance photography business, and now Light Gallery + Studio, with such success.

Julie & John’s Wedding in Holland, Michigan Fall 2018.

Julie & John’s Wedding in Holland, Michigan Fall 2018.

To learn more about Matthew’s wedding photography, visit his website. To see his artwork and the work of 70 other local artists, or find out about taking an encaustic painting workshop from Matthew, visit the Light Gallery + Studio website.