About the Artists of the Heirloom Birth Certificates
The Michigan heirloom birth certificates were created by local Michigan artists.
Local artists with their winning Michigan heirloom birth certificate submissions. From left to right: Mary Hoffman (Pleasant Peninsula); Scott Magneson (Special Memories) and Shampagne Stoner (Apple Blossoms).
Mary Hramiec Hoffman is being honored for her entry into the Vital Records design competition for the new Michigan Department of Community Health “heirloom” safety paper. Mary was always drawing as a child growing up in the beautiful Petoskey and Harbor Springs area. Encouraged by her artistically inclined parents, her drawing ability took on a life of its own. She was enrolled in children's art classes at North Central Michigan College and the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey at a very young age.
Mary continued to develop her talent at Aquinas College and Kendall College of Art and Design. Mary is known for the delicate sensitivity portrayed in her oil scenes of northern Michigan. She favors spontaneous brushwork and loosely applied colors in her paintings, and her “Happy” collection is one that has an impressive following. These paintings commonly have polka dot skies and whimsical elements in them. Mary currently exhibits at Hramiec-Hoffman Fine Art & Craft at Harbor Springs, Michigan.
To order a Mary Hoffman birth certificate, see the Michigan Heirloom Birth Certificate webpage.
Scott Magneson is being honored for his entry into the Vital Records design competition for the new Michigan Department of Community Health "heirloom" safety paper. Scott was inspired to enter the competition after the birth of his twin granddaughters last September.
Scott was an Eagle Scout and definitely appreciates the great outdoors that Michigan has to offer. He chose photographs that were special to him, and ones that symbolized our beautiful state. He was born in Texas, but definitely considers "Michigan" his home. When he was seven, his father, a border patrol officer, was transferred to the border of Canada, and his family moved to Port Huron. He graduated from Port Huron High School and attended U of M where he obtained an advertising degree. He became an art teacher and has taught at Port Huron High School for 21 years. Scott is married and enjoys spending time with his wife, two grown sons and twin granddaughters. His hobbies include figure skating, ballroom dancing, and he has been a coach for 37 years.
To order the Special Memories birth certificate, see the Michigan Heirloom Birth Certificate webpage.
Shampagne Stoner is being honored for her entry into the Vital Records design competition for the new Michigan Department of Community Health "heirloom" safety paper. Shampagne was born in Grand Rapids and attended high school at Morley Stanwood High. She spent the last two years of high school participating in the Graphic Communications program at Mecosta Osceola Career Center, graduating in March 2012.
Shampagne is currently working at Big Rapids Products which will enable her to buy a car and start college. Her current plans are to attend Grand Rapids Community College for two years to study business, and another two years after that at Kendal School for Design and Fashion. That is where her passion lies! Her long-term goals are to start her own business and eventually have a family.
To order the Apple Blossoms birth certificate, see the Michigan Heirloom Birth Certificate webpage.