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PHOTOS BY DANIEL LIPPITT
Herd a yield you can't pass up.
ho doesn't want tender, Lombardo, and riding competi-
loving care? That's tively. Ms. Kutinsky's coach is
what Lesley Kutinsky Kelly Burke, a champion eques-
thought when she cre- trian who is vying for a place in
ated her own company 15 years this summer's Olympics.
ago, combining a degree in biolo-
Ms. Kutinsky's career, in the
gy with her talent for painting.
meantime, galloped along. She
teamed up with
TLC (The Lesley
Name: Lesley Kutinsky an artist she met
Company) in the
Occupation: Founder at the zoo, and
basement of her and owner of The Lesley the two concen-
Farmington Hills Company
trated on screen
home in the early
Family- Husband, Jay; printing, a
1980s, painting on and children, liana, Dana process by which
sweatsuits and and Adam
images are trans-
other items she
Affiliations: Friends of ferred onto fabric
sold to boutiques Oakland General Hospital; using a photo-
after she ended Women's Division of State sensitive emul-
her day as a vol- of Israel Bonds; Farming- sion.
unteer at the De- ton Chamber of Commerce.
troit Zoo. Member of Congregation figures she is one
Although she had Shaarey Zedek
of the first to go
never had any for-
Awards: 1992 Commu- into the personal-
mal art training, nity Service Award for ized art business.
Ms. Kutinsky, 51, teaching screen painting; As a mother her-
refined her craft 1994 Award of Excellence self, she under-
when she helped from the Screen Printing stood how much
paint animal and and Graphics Imaging As- parents love see-
fish murals for ex- sociation
hibits at the zoo.
and images of
After that first year in busi- their children. So she began to of-
ness, Ms. Kutinsky had saved fer personalized T-shirts that car-
enough to realize a childhood ried the image of a bar or bat
dream. She bought her first mitzvah.
horse, whom she called Person-
"For about five years, we had
al Victory. Today, the suburban a corner on that market. Every-
Chicago girl whose father took thing was on referrals and some-
her trail riding once a year is rais- times we would be up until 3 or
ing her third show horse, Guy 4 in the morning painting shirts
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