CC-C grad is Pink Ribbon Affair featured artist


By Daily News • Last Updated 10:32 am on Thursday, October 13, 2011

CARSON CITY — Artist Sarah Christiansen, owner of Katalyst Gallery in Lansing’s Old Town, will be the featured artist at the Carson City Hospital Pink Ribbon Affair today. The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in our beautiful hospital lobby, will showcase her gorgeous photograph of a monarch butterfly.
Raised in Palo, Christiansen was born at Carson City Hospital. She graduated from Carson City-Crystal High School and volunteered as a student in the hospital pharmacy. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in fine art before working in the newspaper industry as a photographer and graphic designer. She opened Katalyst Gallery in 2010, featuring her own artwork as well as work from several contemporary mid-Michigan artists. In addition to an array of artwork, Katalyst offers a wide variety of gifts for all occasions, including jewelry, candles, contemporary home decor, lamps and purses.
Christiansen said she was honored to be asked to be the featured artist for this year’s Pink Ribbon Affair.
“As a woman and someone who is originally from this area, it is nice to think that my contribution will help my family and friends who are or might be afflicted with this disease,” Christiansen said. “Having cancer can be very scary and it takes a lot of strength to battle it.”
Because this year’s Pink Ribbon Affair theme is “Things with Wings,” Christiansen chose a picture of a monarch butterfly she took on Mackinac Island.
“I came across this quote by Richard Bach that I find extremely fitting for the battle against cancer and for the Pink Ribbon Affair’s theme: ‘What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly,’” Christiansen said.

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