Kreg Hecker is infusing a little extra jingle in this holiday season with his whimsical and uplifting holiday cards and shirts now on sale at Commodore Books & More on the campus of Lorain County Community College.
Holiday cards by Kreg Art, Hecker’s business, feature comical reindeer in charming situations, including a “jingle bug” car and a Christmas tree made of antlers. Cards are $3 per set of three.
“I like to create sprightly characters from my imagination and heart that are fun and uplifting in spirit. Kreg Art changes the atmosphere into joy and smiles. I’m a joy activist,” Hecker, 52 of Berea, explained.
With the help of the Blackstone LaunchPad at LCCC, Hecker is growing and testing his brand of joy activism. Blackstone LaunchPad is a free entrepreneurial service available to LCCC students and alumni. Hecker discovered the LaunchPad just days before the start of spring semester in January 2014 through his friend, Jody Haserodt, who works as a learning specialist at LCCC. Haserodt helped Hecker set up a meeting with the Janice Lapina, program coordinator at the LaunchPad, who helped Hecker select a class in microcomputer applications to help build his skills and allow him to qualify for the LaunchPad services. The class proved to be more useful than Hecker expected.
“Blackstone LaunchPad helped me make a great decision in regards to that class, though I didn’t know it at the time. Office Word and Excel are now used in my daily business adventure,” Hecker explained. Hecker earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Columbus College of Arts and Design in 1986. Since then, he has maintained freelance art work and murals while holding down a day job as a landscaper. Working with Kreg has been a fun adventure for Blackstone LaunchPad staff, too.
“Kreg came to us with a long history as an artist. It’s a wonderful journey connecting him with the LCCC community and helping him grow his business and share his talents,” Lapina said.
Hecker has used his LCCC experience as inspiration for his art, event creating a T-shirt that show the stages students go through from enrolling through graduation. He plans to introduce more fun T-shirts and cards around LCCC students and their majors.
“I am having a blast and I am meeting some really great students, teachers, and other business people associated with LCCC. It is a very exciting time for me,” Hecker said.
Hecker is in the process of building a new website for his products. In the meantime, those interested in purchasing his cards or shirts can visit Commodore Books & More or contact Hecker at Moatsurfer@aol.com.
Commodore Books & More is located in College Center on the LCCC campus and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.