Meet the Team



Juli Petter 

Director | Owner

Juli spent her entire childhood under the influences of a college level art instructor. Her mother taught at Kendall School of Art and Design and Aquinas College and was also a founding member of the still thriving Grand Rapids art group, Grand Valley Artists. Even though Juli spent most of her career outside of the arts, her love of art and wine was a constant. She moonlighted as an independent interior decorator and also studied what she calls the art of wine. Her business savvy and love of interior design and wine led Juli to create our warm and inviting space.  Juli hopes you will join us here at the gallery to partake in two of her favorite things. 


Matt

Art Consultant, Wine Consultant, Artist, Wine Buyer, Wine Shop Manager, Customer Service

Matt holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kendall School of Art and Design and wears many hats. Matt is a fine artist represented here at the gallery, he also has years of experience as a framing atelier. Matt's framing services are now available in house to the collectors of the gallery and many of our own artists. 

Through the years Matt supplemented his art career by getting involved in the service industry. This led to a love of wine and subsequently a vast knowledge of oenology. When not painting or sculpting, Matt runs the wine program. 



Nichole 

Art Consultant, Gallery Operations Manager, Customer Service

Nichole joined the gallery as a budding young artist. She now holds an Eastern Michigan University Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and is immersed in creating her own body of work. When not painting, Nichole is engaged with the marketing and sales side of the things here at the gallery. She has become a vital part of our team and now manages the gallery operations alongside Juli. 

She is truly dedicated to the arts and to the satisfaction of our collectors, designers, and artists.  


Kim

Art Consultant, Gallery Consultant, Artist, Inventory Control, Customer Service 

Kim is enjoying a retirement from running her own art gallery, the Kubiak Gallery here in Douglas. She now devotes her time and knowledge of the art world to the J. Petter Galleries. We value her past experience in working with both artists and collectors. 

Kim also came to the gallery as an artist and her pottery is now represented here. When she is not greeting customers or helping Juli keep track of inventory, you might find her behind a Potter's Wheel. 



Lesley 

Art Consultant, Visual Display Merchandiser, Customer Service

Lesley holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from Aquinas College and has joined the gallery as an art consultant and lead visual display merchandiser. You will see some of her creativity on our gallery boards and signage. 

Before coming to the gallery, Lesley worked as a painting instructor, a high school art teacher, and worked in the operations side of an artisan market and painting studio. 



Carolyn

Art Consultant, Graphic Designer, Website & Social Media Director, Customer Service 

Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Hope College in Studio Art & English Literature. She specialized in photography and sculpture. Carolyn is our Graphic Designer and uses her design and marketing skills to promote the gallery and our art and wine events on our website, social media, in travel guides and magazine, and more. 

When she is not designing for the gallery you can probably find her taking photos for her freelance photography business. 



Mackenzie

Art Consultant, Food Service Manager, Food Buyer, Wine Adviser, Wine Bar Manager

Mackenzie joined the gallery with a background in the service industry and is our resident foodie. She spends her time artfully concocting wonderful nosh to pair with wine.  Mackenzie brings together her love of wine food & art here in the gallery.  Every plate she creates is a feast for the eyes and palate.  Her enthusiasm for the art of food is contagious.