What do you do?
Mary Burright

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I work for Michael Garman Productions. I am one of the head artists there. I am also a practitioner of Reiki, a Japanese form of energy healing. I do that work by appointment only out of my home. Having recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, I know the value of energy work and essential oils.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       Everything from soup to nuts, but primarily painting sculptures, assembling ones with various parts, making small molds, doing quality control and helping to assure that orders go out on time.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       I have worked with Michael Garman on and off since my arrival in Colorado Springs in 1974. We were originally in the Manitou Spa Building but have been in the Westside location since late 1974.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       The opportunities over the years to work directly with Michael, making some of the little "props" (mason jars, dustpans, etc.) that you can see in Magic Town and developing some of the characters and paint schemes.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       Hmm. It's hard to think of much that I would change. We have a great crew who really know their stuff and some amazing products. I feel privileged to have a job that I love.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       No amount of training can prepare a person for the big rushes that can happen in a production business. We can get really busy at times and I'm thankful for my ability to multi-task. Sometimes I think our motto should be "Never a Dull Moment."
What makes working on the Westside special?
       Working on the Westside is great. It's the "down-home" feeling, the old buildings, the varied businesses and the peaceful atmosphere that I appreciate.

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