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Luncheon Lecture Series: Liz Gardner, Josef Harris & Marty Harris
Liz and Josef are the power couple behind the creative firm Bodega and Marty is the creative father whom this design family stemmed from.
Josef is the strategy, social media and public relations arm of the creative firm Bodega LTD. He started his career at Olson and Fallon working on brands like the Belize Tourism Board, Royal Canin and Truvia Natural Sweetener. Now, he works with his partner in life and crime, Liz Gardner, at Bodega LTD.
Liz is an award-winning, multidisciplinary creative with focuses styling, interior design and branding. She is the former creative director of the Minneapolis. St. Paul Magazine and now is a partner in the creative firm Bodega LTD. She harnesses her experience in editorial to create work that is cohesive and driven by stories. Some of her clients include Adidas Originals, 3M, Opening Ceremony and Upton 43.
Marty Harris began his career as a digital illustrator one year after the Macintosh hit the shelves. Thirty-plus years later he is still sitting in front of his Mac making pictures…in a much nicer chair. He has illustrated software for early local developers; worked with WCCO TV creating news graphics, set designs, and courtroom illustrations: and done digital photo retouching (pre-Photoshop) at a local prepress company. As an associate of Spectrum Studio, Harris was one of the Twin Cities’ first studio illustrators working on the Mac. He would later do a six year tour with Baker Associates, designing and illustrating packaging for Kraft, Nabisco, and General Mills.
Marty has made his living in Minneapolis—not Chicago, not LA, or New York City, not even much in St. Paul—fashioning him into a utility Illustrator, a kind of digital illustration internist. Most any project that comes through the door, he gets it done, from character work to instructional graphics, or as he likes to say, “from the Trix rabbit* to aortic catheters.” In this way he is a classic, commercial studio illustrator.
Over the past eight years, since the children have left the nest, Marty has slowly gotten back to his roots as a fine artist, as a painter, drawer and printmaker. These days, he likes to take his modernist mentality and his fine arts degrees out into the landscape, and bring back painterly trophies to hang on the wall.