Director: Stephen Mottram
Steve Mottram has lived a varied and fascinating life. A native of England, Steve has also lived in such cities as Washington D.C., New York, and Los Angeles.
In Los Angeles, Steve was the Director of West Coast Creative Services for HBO. He worked on a variety of projects for HBO Films including their mini-series specials such as “From the Earth to the Moon” and “Band of Brothers”. Steve also worked on the network’s acclaimed series “The Sopranos”. Since moving to West Michigan, he has pursued his own artistic endeavors in the little known art of vinegar painting where he has appeared on Carol Duvall’s TV show on HGTV demonstrating the technique.
As the director at Water Street Gallery, his management knowledge and artistic background are definite assets to the team.
Assistant Director | Artist: Krista Reuter
Originally from Iowa and now residing in West Michigan since 2000, Krista comes to Water Street Gallery with a well rounded knowledge of art and gallery curation. She has worked in fine art and fine craft galleries across the country and for 6 years was the Program Director for the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.
Her role at Water Street Gallery is two fold. Krista is not only the assistant director; she is also one of the artists. Her hand cut and hand torn layered paper creations are an exploration of light and shadow. And she enjoys using abstract patterns and shapes found in nature as themes for these explorations.
Her knowledge as an artist, educator, and exhibition curator are all helpful skills to Water Street Gallery clients.
Artistic Advisor: Maryjo Lemanski
For 12 years, Maryjo Lemanski was the Director/Owner of Water Street Gallery, currently she resides as the gallery’s artistic advisor.
Prior to this position, Maryjo served as the Director of Museum Education at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts for over 30 years. She played many roles at the KIA, including as painting instructor for children and adults, as well as, the coordinator of the KIA’s outreach programs.
Her years of teaching enable her to engage clients and patrons in a visual dialogue and her career as an artist has allowed her to be an amazing advocate for the artists whom we represent.
Co-Owner: Jock Aikman
Longtime Michigan resident, Jock has extensive experience in small business management and sales. He has a diverse background that includes employee benefits, publishing, educational programing and fundraising. In fact, he recently sold a successful business in Puerto Rico where he and his wife Barbara still maintain a second home.
Co-Owner: Barbara Aikman
Born and raised in Michigan, Barbara recently retired from an employee benefit company after 24 years of service. An avid art collector, Barbara is excited to continue her love for designing comfortable spaces and working with fellow collectors and interior designers to find the perfect art work for their homes or projects.