Getting to know our co-host Holly Bechiri

Holly Bechiri, our co-host talks about what it’s like working as a full time writer, editor, and artist.

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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, Matthew Provoast sits down to interview fellow co-host Holly Bechiri, owner of Handwritten Studio, where she works as a writer, editor, art critic, and artist.

Holly Bechiri works out of her studio/office in Downtown Grand Rapids. Photo by Erika Townsley Photography.

Holly Bechiri works out of her studio/office in Downtown Grand Rapids. Photo by Erika Townsley Photography.

Holly Bechiri works out of her studio/office in Downtown Grand Rapids. Photo by Erika Townsley Photography.

Holly Bechiri works out of her studio/office in Downtown Grand Rapids. Photo by Erika Townsley Photography.

Bechiri talks about how her education in art lead her to working as a writer focusing on arts writing and criticism. Though always keeping an art journal on hand to create small personal works, (she was on journal #75 at the time this podcast was recorded), Bechiri finally started making artwork for others to see and exhibit in shows for the first time in over a decade in the past year.

One of Holly’s pieces from her most recent body of work, at Light Gallery + Studio.

One of Holly’s pieces from her most recent body of work, at Light Gallery + Studio.

After closing her own arts and culture publication culturedGR after two great years, Holly dove back into freelance writing and editing. Finding balance between freelance work and art making has been the name of the game for Bechiri, who now has an office/studio in downtown Grand Rapids where she makes artwork and works on freelance projects.

A close up of Holly’s pieces from her most recent body of work.

A close up of Holly’s pieces from her most recent body of work.

To learn more about Holly Bechiri, visit her website, and follow along on her instagram account.