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Honl says the Colibri staff is highly trained to handle art work, and when recommending framing options, the staff not only takes into account the colors and textures of the item to be framed but also the environment in which the finished work will hang— taking into account color, lighting and exposure to sun. Having in stock over ten different glass and acrylic options, a thousand mat colors and over 200 frame moldings, Colibri can fulfill most orders in under two weeks. “We take the time necessary,” Honl said. “The end product is the most important.” McCranie, who also owns Ladera Grill and a corner lot at 2nd Street and Monterey Road in downtown Morgan Hill, purchased Fast Frames at 17505 Monterey Road in 2016 and in January 2018 renamed it Colibri Art and Framing. Honl started part-time in June 2016 working up front in design- ing and fitting services, then in October 2018 was promoted to general manager. “I moved to Morgan Hill with my husband in 2017 and started looking for a part time job,” recalled Honl. “I applied for the framing position and it was a perfect fit for me.” Born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Honl had an early interest in architecture, which she says still influences her art. Her mother was an artist and together they practiced bookmaking which led to her interest in photography and printmaking. In 2008, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking (with honors) at the University of Iowa. Previously, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art (magna cum laude) at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Upon graduation, Ellie was a guest lecturer and visiting professor at several universities. Her personal art- work combines printmaking, textiles, photography and book arts. Abigail Dunnivan has worked at Colibri for over a year as a framer and designer. Born in San Jose to artist parents, she has been drawing since she could hold a pencil. Describing herself as a disciplined self-learner, Dunnivan took watercolor and acrylic classes when she was nine and at age fourteen was mentored by renowned equine artist, Lesley Harrison. She mostly paints animals and people in photo- realism, primarily with dry pastels, but also in watercolor, charcoal and pen and ink. Her detailed pastel drawings are a site to behold with meticulous detail and technique. Some of her works are on display at Colibri or can be viewed online at abbyroseheartworks.com. “I could not have hoped or prayed for a better, more suitable, job for me,” Dunnivan said. “My work here has completely supported my artistic goals.” Born in Fuzhou, China, Sheng Lin has worked at Colibri for almost a year, also as a framer and designer. He is a mixed-media contemporary artist working mostly with found GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN WINTER 2020 objects. Trained in oil painting and Chinese watercolor, Lin took AP Art courses in high school before studying Contemporary Art Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then Fashion at Central Saint Martins of London. “I like Colibri because it’s not commercial,” said Lin. “Custom framing is tailored specifically to the art piece. I also get to see a lot of amazing art every day.” Rounding out the staff at Colibri are Ursula Estevez (woodworking and makeup artist) and David Matthew (graphic design). Dan McCranie and his wife Kathy have been residents of the South County area for almost forty years. For most of those years, McCranie was involved in high-tech management. Branching out to new endeavors, he opened the popular Ladera Grill in 2011 and subsequently purchased the property at 2nd Street and announced plans for a four-story mixed-use building with a roof top restaurant and art gallery. He has since reconsidered and recently put the property on the market but may still proceed with a scaled- down version of the original plan. He also has plans to expand the gallery space in Colibri Art and Framing in the future to accommodate art shows with local and regional artists. These efforts all fit within his stated vision to “make Morgan Hill a fine arts destination.” gmhtoday.com 71