Meet Jon Reeves.Mr. Reeves has been living in Kalamazoo since 1989. Doing what you ask? Well, there is not one simple answer. As he would say, “It’s hard to define what I do.” Jon is a brilliantly artistic man that holds more jobs and has more talents than you can count on your own ten fingers. But, this is exactly how he likes it, because Jon doesn’t enjoy sitting. He is a sculpture artist at the Park Trades studio, a professor at Kalamazoo College, and a musician. He works for theaters, companies, individuals, teaches private classes, and is a blacksmith. This all meaning that there is no “normal day” for Jon. He lives in a “7-day, no weekends, and definitely not a 9-5 job, kind of world.”
Steel working is in Jon’s blood. Both his father and grandfather were steel workers. At the age of 14, Jon became a metal worker. Unlike his father and grandfather, Jon decided to take the more artistic path, believing that it’s much more fun. Working for nonprofit, he realized early on that he would not be making billions. Instead, he gets to do something that he loves, “I knew everyday would be an adventure; entertaining, interesting, and fun. Not everyone can say that about their job”. Jon laughed and said, “Anyways, can you imagine me wearing a tie and sitting in an office all day?!”
When he is not out and about working, Jon is found at his downtown loft, that his two cats graciously allow him to use. There Jon enjoys his “free-time” writing music with whatever instrument he feels like picking up. He finds recording music relaxing and easy. Wait, lets not forget that he writes music for theaters. So Jon, that means your “free-time” is actually spent working? He writes for about 2-3 shows a year, usually at the Civic but sometimes elsewhere such as Traverse City.
Jon Reeves can be found in his shop at the Park Trades building during every Art Hop. There you can witness Jon’s talent in action and purchase his work. He is a lover of Art Hop, he finds it to be a big plus because it’s where he gets to meet some of his contacts. It is highly recommended that you make a visit to Jon during Art Hop, even if it’s to stay warm by the fire…
The Park and Trades Center is located at 326 W Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. The phone number is (269) 345-3311. Art Hop is on the first Friday of every month.