Category Archives: Holiday Cards

Warm Holiday Wishes


As the holidays approach and 2017 winds to a close, we reflect on another successful year for Gamut One Studios and can’t help but to be thankful. We are thankful for the wonderful, talented group of people we’ve worked with for so long.  We are thankful for our friends and clients that continue to trust us to create great photography and video for their businesses. We’re especially thankful for the health and well being of our families.This year, that feeling of thankfulness has lead us to support Open Arms of Minnesota with a holiday donation in honor of our clients. Open Arms is a fantastic non-profit that delivers fresh, nutritious meals to people struggling with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and HIV. We are grateful for the great work they are doing in our communities and thank you for your support of that mission.


Not wanting to stop there, we also rolled up our sleeves and donned the hair nets for an afternoon in November, to help Open Arms in their very busy kitchen. We peeled, chopped and packaged meals to help struggling families around the Twin Cities. For that afternoon, our G1 Crew managed to chop and peel over a 100 pounds of parsnips and onions, pack 80 sloppy joe meals, and 480 beef stroganoff meals. It was a busy and fulfilling afternoon for all. Bill and Bryce claimed that they shed tears of joy, not related to the onions. And yes, we came away with all our trigger fingers in tact.


Open Arms will also be our charity of choice for our 2018 Super Bowl Party.  We hope you’ll help us continue to support this wonderful organization doing such appreciated work. Stay tuned for more party info. soon.

All of us at Gamut One Studios wish you and your family a warm, and joyful holiday season and a prosperous new year.  We look forward to seeing you again in 2018.

An Old Holiday Favorite, In a New Light

At this time of year, holiday traditions centered around food often ‘consume’ much of our time and energy.  This year, Gamut One Studios wanted to spotlight the problem of hunger in the Twin Cities.  Cans of green beans, cream of mushroom soup and fried onions were cleverly shaped into a Christmas tree for our annual holiday card, by our own food-savvy photographer, Jeff Schmieg.  With help from the crafty hands of stylist, Laurie Goeman, and G1’s builder-extraordinaire, Myron Wolf, they created a wonderful image that will hopefully warm up the holidays in more ways then one.

While it would be fun to grab our can openers and whip up a super size casserole, this work of art is a small part of Gamut One Studios’ gift to the Groveland Emergency Food Shelf (GEFS). Started in 1975, GEFS is located in the basement of the Plymouth Congregational Church in South Minneapolis. They serve over 1,500 households every month with a mostly volunteer staff.

Gamut One Studios is proud to support their much needed work with a donation on behalf of our clients.  The gratitude expressed by the GEFS volunteers and their clients was incredible and confirms the validity of ‘It is better to give than to receive.’

If you are looking for a way to give back this season, GEFS accepts food donations of all varieties in person and gratefully accepts cash donations through their website at www.grovelandfoodshelf.org.  It’s amazing how they can leverage their food dollars in ways that consumers can not with a normal grocer.

Gamut One Studios will continue to support the Groveland Emergency Food Shelf with a fundraiser and food drive at our 4th Annual Super Bowl party in February.  We look forward to seeing you all there!

Feels like it’s been around forever…

Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole recipe (using their cream of mushroom soup) was developed in 1955.

That’s a lot, but they need more…

Groveland Emergency Food Shelf buys 70-80% of the more then 30,000 pounds of food they distribute every month.

Did you know? Green beans are also called snap beans because of the sound they make when being broken. Green beans can also be called string beans because many varieties used to have a long string that ran along the seam of the bean.

Extending the reach…

The Groveland Food For Youth program was the state’s first food shelf specifically aimed at helping homeless and at-risk youth to age 23 with food and referrals to other organizations.

Happy Holidays from Gamut One Studios!

Welcome Home for the Holidays

Each year Gamut One Studios chooses a charity to support financially and also to feature
on our Holiday card that we send out to our list of over 500 clients.

Last year we supported the Union Gospel Mission drawing attention and financial support to this non-profit that helps thousands of homeless living in the Twin Cities.

And now for 2011, we supported another non-profit that we found near and dear to our hearts—Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. It was Dewey’s turn to create the card this year and as a 20-year veteran of the Army Reserves, choosing Beyond the Yellow Ribbon was an easy choice for him.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon works to honor, serve and support our military service members and their families, from all branches of service whether they are currently deployed, at home or retired.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon  also looks for ways to assist families of deployed service members, takes care of veterans once they return home, and raises awareness of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and other issues that our veterans often try to cope with alone.

Learn more and show your support at: BeyondtheYellowRibbon.org

Faces of Hope

We created our Holiday card to be much more than just well wishes for a great Holiday Season. We believe in making an impact with our time, talents and resources.

There are so many people who are hurting, homeless, and hungry. And, there are incredible programs reaching out and making a difference in the community. We wanted to shine a light on one such program – The Union Gospel Mission.

Since 1902, The Union Gospel Mission (UGM) has been helping thousands of Twin Cities’ residents who are homeless, hungry, and have chemical addictions. The mission depends on contributions and volunteers to meet the needs of those like Doug, shown in our studio Christmas card.

The Faces of Hope campaign was created out of several trips Photographer, Greg Kamin made to meet some of the people blessed daily by the UGM.  Each person has a different story of where they came or how much they were hurting, but the common thread is that each person now has hope.

Helping others is contagious.

Another one of the subjects for the ads, Greg, was so grateful for the help he received from the UGM that he now works there to help others.

“This place saved my life,” Greg said about the UGM.

On November 17th, 2010 Gamut One Studios participated in the Union Gospel Mission annual Radiothon on WCCO. This day was a huge success for the Twin Cities residents in need and for the UGM.

On this one Radiothon day, a total of $103,898 was donated to the UGM, which included all corporate sponsors and individual pledges. This amount will provide more than 54,000 meals.

To learn more about the Twin Cities Union Gospel Mission, visit their site at: http://www.ugmtc.org.

All of us at Gamut One Studios wish you a Holiday Season and New Year filled with hope!