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Letters 11-28-2016

Trump should avoid self-dealing President-elect Donald Trump plans to turn over running of The Trump Organization to his children, who are also involved in the transition and will probably be informal advisers during his administration. This is not a “blind trust.” In this scenario Trump and family could make decisions based on what’s best for them rather than what’s best for the country...

Trump the change we need?  I have had a couple of weeks to digest the results of this election and reflect. There is no way the selection of Trump as POTUS could ever come close to being normal. It is not normal to have a president-elect settle a fraud case for millions a couple of months before the inauguration. It is not normal to have racists considered for cabinet posts. It is not normal for a president-elect tweet outrageous comments on his Twitter feed to respond to supposed insults at all hours of the early morning...

Health care system should benefit all It is no secret that the health insurance situation in our country is controversial. Some say the Affordable Care Act is “the most terrible thing that has happened to our country in years”; others are thrilled that, “for the first time in years I can get and afford health insurance.” Those who have not been closely involved in the medical field cannot be expected to understand how precarious the previous medical insurance structure was...

Christmas tradition needs change The Christmas light we need most is the divine, and to receive it we do not need electricity, probably only prayers and good deeds. But not everyone has this understanding, as we see in the energy waste that follows with the Christmas decorations...

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS 

A story in last week’s edition about parasailing businesses on East Grand Traverse Bay mistakenly described Grand Traverse Parasail as a business that is affiliated with the ParkShore Resort. It operates from a beach club two doors down from the resort. The story also should have noted that prior to the filing of a civil lawsuit in federal court by Saburi Boyer and Traverse Bay Parasail against Bryan Punturo and the ParkShore Resort, a similar lawsuit was dismissed from 13th Circuit Court in Traverse City upon a motion from the defendant’s attorney. Express regrets the error and omission.

A story in last week’s edition about The Fillmore restaurant in Manistee misstated Jacob Slonecki’s job at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Course. He was a cook. Express regrets the error.

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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.

WIDE OPEN
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.

PROVIDING BACKGROUND
“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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