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liznhowieWe are a welcoming couple who cherish people, love, and peace. We have many passions, but mostly desire to connect you with the amazing artists featured in our store. Here is a little bit about us... if your question isn't answered below, just ask! We look forward to learning more about you, too. You are important to us!

Howie Zanto
Liz Woodworth-Zanto

Howie Zanto

HowieHowie Zanto is a Fond du Lac native.  Following his graduation from high school in 1969, he attended UW-Fond du Lac where he served as student government president.  Howie was also very active in peace demonstrations and other philanthropy projects during his time at UW-FDL.  After college, Howie spent several years traveling throughout England and the rest of Europe.  In 1973, his visit to North Africa provided a unique opportunity.  For three years, Howie and a few other associates ran an import business in Morocco.  In mid 1977, Howie returned to Fond du Lac and purchased the building that is now know as Living Light Studio.

With a business partner, Howie started working on stained glass projects out of the studio.  In 1982, he and his business partner spilt and Howie took over sole ownership of the studio.  Working with the local high school, Howie became involved in EBCE (Experienced-Based Career Education) program, which allowed high school seniors to observe the operations of the business. 

In 1984, Howie was introduced to Liz, and they were married in 1988.  During the same year, Howie purchased the building located at 400 West Division Street, which was known as Living Light West.  In 1998, the store closed and all the jewelery was re-located to the Studio on 4th street.  Just over ten years later, Living Light Studio has become one of Fond du Lac’s premier gift shops. 

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Liz Woodworth-Zanto

lizI have been in jewelry making as long as I can remember.  My maternal grandfather, Al Walker, was a geologist who created jewelry with some of the collectable rocks he came across in his international travels.  As a child, I begged him to teach me this art form.  Finally at age 12, he allowed me to start working with his tools, and from then on I began my life-long love for creating jewelry.  I would further continue my education at UW-Madison, where I majored in Art with an emphasis in Art Metals.  During my time in Madison, I had the great pleasure of being taught by Fred Fenster,Elenor Moty and Mary Lee Hu.  After graduation, I moved to Colorado where I began working in a traditional jewelry store. 

Eventually with a partner, I opened a retail shop in Leadville, CO called T.J. Fur and Silver.  Later, I moved back to Madison to work for Port to Port as a designer and silversmith.  There, I gained knowledge and experience in the art of designing beautiful and affordable jewelry. I rely on my years of experience to personally select each piece of jewelry with caution and care, selecting for quality and creativity- even as I continue today! 

My bosses at Port to Port, Peter and Dan Hamilton, were originally from the Fond du Lac area.  One day, Peter arranged a blind date for me with his friend Howie Zanto.  We would ultimately get married in 1988.  I relocated to Fond du Lac and opened Living Light West, where I created jewelry and sold other artwork .  In 1998, I attended Blue Sky School of Massage Therapy; at that time, I closed Living Light West and moved my jewelry business to its current location, Living Light Studio. Today I am a happy shop keeper, jewelry maker, massage therapist, and wife. I am incredibly thankful for my partner and love, Howie!

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