Contributors: May 2009

Janet Macunovich

Our shopping coach for buying annual flowers (page 62) has been enlivening the metro Detroit landscape as a professional gardener since 1984. She’s also known around and beyond Michigan as an entertaining and down-to-earth instructor/writer. “I like to work right alongside people who do — or want to do — their own gardening and landscaping, but need assistance with a design, a planting plan, an occasional hand with maintenance, or an assist to get a big project off the ground. People like that are always willing to share what they’ve seen and done — observations and tips that I can compile to help the whole gardening community,” Macunovich says. A 20-year MSU Master Gardener volunteer, Macunovich answers questions from gardeners at jmaxgarden@aol.com

Roy Ritchie

Last spring, Ritchie, a regular contributor to Hour Detroit, took his camera to Flower Day at Eastern Market, where he was surprised to see the throngs of gardeners. “Before this shoot I didn’t realize it was such a big deal,” Ritchie says. The colorful spectacle is captured in his photo story on (page 62). When not shooting for this publication, Ritchie keeps busy with a variety of commercial and editorial work. He recently traveled to Japan for Mustang and has done work for Bloomberg, Bon Appétit, and ESPN The Magazine. His own personal freelance involves spending time with his daughter Sylvie, who just recently celebrated her first birthday.

Gabrielle Poshadlo

Seeing the wooden runabouts made by Grand Craft in Holland, Mich., (page 35) reminded Poshadlo of her earliest encounter with fine Michigan craftsmanship: her father’s mint-condition 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint. “Dad insisted on driving by the old train station or the Book-Cadillac anytime we were downtown,” says Poshadlo, a Detroit native who is now based in Indianapolis. “He always wanted my brother and me to know good work when we see it.” Poshadlo received her bachelor’s in journalism from Butler University in Indianapolis, where, as a writer for Indianapolis Business Journal, she’s ever on the lookout for a watertight business model.

Craig LaRotonda

His work graces the walls of art collectors in France, Germany, Norway, and Mexico. And, this month, LaRotonda work appears in Detroit, here on (page 56). “I like the expressions on the faces of the speed-racing bicyclists” in the illustration for “Hot Wheels,” he says. It touches “on the different types of riders, the enjoyment, and the liberation [that] especially women had in the bicycling craze.” LaRotonda, who was born and bred in Buffalo, N.Y., studied with Alan Cober at The State of University of New York, where he received his art degree. His work has also appeared in three feature-length films, including Traffic, and in such national publications as The Washington Post and The New York Times.

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