On the Creative Path
Who can say, in this life, which passions will grasp us and when? Some wait decades before a fortuitous seed is planted. Others find it germinating from birth, with the fervent pursuit of mastery underway when life has barely begun.
Hope Grunert is one such artist, whose dreams have been fostered from a young age by the Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts (CEPA) Gallery. With no photographic opportunities through school, this aspect of her education was undertaken during summers with the Buffalo, NY-based non-profit – and any time that could be made in-between. Over time, talents flourished. Today, Hope is at college, beginning to forge her own path.
“One week I’d be learning the basics of a DSLR, the next I’d be in the darkroom,” she recalls, looking back to years gone by. “I got my first camera when I graduated eighth grade, which CEPA helped me learn how to use. I really owe them a lot – especially Lauren.
“This past summer, she emailed and said, ‘There’s an opportunity I can’t tell you anything about, but just know it’s once in a lifetime. Let me know if you’re interested.’ When you hear that, you can’t say no,” Hope continues. “All I knew was that it was a mentorship. I thought I’d stay right here in New York City.”