Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Sculpture garden hooks visitors at The Twisted Fish

Carrie Bourdages - June 2nd, 2005
It’s a fine art gallery; it’s a full-service florist. It’s a sculpture garden; it’s a place to see artists work. And if dreams come true, it may one day be even more all-inclusive for art appreciation – from artists in residence to Sunday garden gazebo musicians.
The Twisted Fish is as unique as its name, inspired by the whimsical sculpture that bedecks the center of its gardens.
The gallery on South Bayshore Drive in Elk Rapids represents more than 50 artists, mostly local and regional, with original fine art and several award-winning pieces within its nearly 1,700 sq feet of display space.
Two years ago, owners Bob and Charlie (Charlotte) Streit bought the property that was previously home to the a floral emporium called Through the Grapevine. For years Charlie bought flowers from the shop’s cutting garden. In the summers before Twisted Fish opened Charlie and two young gardeners transformed the grounds into sculpture gardens that are home to 18 pieces, from a metal arch with two swings, to the signature Twisted Fish piece.

Another notable aspect of The Twisted Fish is the space it offers to display large paintings and to show several works by the same artist. “You can see the artist at his or her best through the diversity of the pieces,” Bob says.
“We strive to include pieces in the gallery that become centerpieces of rooms, not just accessories,” Bob said as he pointed out the 3’x5’ Charles Murphy abstract painting, rich with reds and blues; and the more subdued, but equally as impressive in size, Jerry Gates’ oil painting.
“Many galleries are tempted to become craft gifts shops because of the cost of doing business and space considerations. But we want to stay true to fine art and the artists,” he said.
Elk Rapids resident Royce Ragland has become a regular at the Twisted Fish during the last couple of years.
“I love the combination of the gallery and the gardens, and it is an absolutely beautiful sight from the highway – a perfect addition to the village,” she said. Ragland shops for flowers frequently and art often, but sometimes just stops in to enjoy the ambience, which is exactly what Charlie said she hoped for when planning the gallery.
“I want this to be a place where people simply like to be,” Charlie said.

“It’s a visual treat,” says artist Charles Murphy of the gallery, who has been working with the Streits for about a year.
Perhaps most important to artists, Murphy said, is the way the Streits lead customers through their gallery, rather than letting them fend for themselves while they are viewing the art.
“They are energetic and pull customers into the artists’ work either by providing information about the particular process or background about the pieces,” he said. “Most galleries don’t offer that.”
The gallery’s “Artist on the Porch” series, which began last year, is another example of drawing customers into art processes.
“It’s a joy to see people come alive as they watch the beauty others create through art,” Charlie said. “And it inspires them to try a project.”
Starting this July the circa 1900 farm house adjacent to the gallery will host an artist-in-residence who will be available to mentor, teach and work on art at the gallery.
The sculpture garden may come alive with music with their Garden Gazebo Sundays, where Charlie envisions violinists; harpists and musicians of all kinds performing their musical art live for visitors under a future gazebo that – along with the gardens - will be dedicated to Bob’s parents and the residents of Elk Rapids.
And the flower shop - which already hosts well-attended arranging workshops - will continue to inspire through recent collaborations with the local botanical society and the Elk Rapids Garden Club.
But their vision will not be complete without what Charlie calls the “big dream.” The Streits are exploring plans to build a barn-like structure on the property that will become a stage for the work of performing artists.
“We want to spread beauty and art of all kinds as far as we can,” Charlie said. With that goal as the centerpiece of the visual feasts the Streits prepare for their visitors, the table is perfectly set.

Visit the Twisted Fish Gallery Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday noon – 5:00 p.m. Or visit them online anytime at www.twistedfishart.com.

Elk Rapids: Art Beat epicenter this Saturday
Elk Rapids makes its bid for some of Northern Michigan’s acclaim as a destination for fine arts this Saturday, June 4 with an Art Beat event uniting three galleries.
The Blue Heron, Mullaly’s 128 & Twisted Fish galleries have joined forces to offer artful activities throughout the day from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. The day offers a chance to meet the artists, take in a demonstration and enjoy refreshments.
“Those looking for quality artwork have learned that Elk Rapids is now the location to find a variety of creations by very talented artists,” said Barb Mullaly, owner of Mullaly’s 128. She says the Art Beat tour is designed to boost Elk Rapids’ art profile, including that of her own gallery, which features the work of over 400 artists.
Following is a rundown of what to expect:

• Dealing exclusively in the works of over 100 all-Michigan artists, The Blue Heron Gallery on Ames Street will offer demonstrations by six watercolor artists as well as a drawing for a Dan Reszka limited edition print.

• Mullaly’s 128 Gallery on River Street will host a meet-the-artists event along with a mixed media demonstration and a silent auction.

• The Twisted Fish on Bayshore Drive hosts a meet-the-artists event, a mixed media presentation and an hourly drawing for a gift certificate..

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