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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Nancy Groesser‘s Glass Dreamland

Carol Ebright - August 26th, 2004
On the west side of Lake Leelanau lives an artist with a need to create. She is constantly taking ordinary items and making them extraordinary. Her hands have the ability to transform into existence what her brain envisions. Nancy Groesser is a glass artist with flair.
The name of her gallery is the RedRoom Studio and it’s located at 8001 S. Lake Shore Drive in Cedar. If her red truck is there then she’s home. I usually call ahead to avoid missing her. (231)228-4355.
Each year she has an open house and unveils her latest creations. This year one of her featured items was a satellite dish in its former life and is now a large “moral mushroom.” She covered it with glass pieces and etched words of morality, and then she made smaller cement companion pieces to go with it, each selling for $35 to $55. Her entire yard is filled with whimsy and wonder. There are tree ornaments in the form of mirror-covered spheres hanging all over. I have two of these hanging from the eaves of my house, and they produce little dancing lights around my kitchen, attracting the attention of humming birds and visitors alike (only $20 each). The cement benches she makes, and can custom design for you, have glass mosaic pictures imbedded in them. And the hanging stained glass window panes of angels and other artwork have a religious glow about them.
Nancy’s art is an obsession and therapy for her; she is not shy when talking about a former substance abuse problem, and her recovery from it. She and her husband Paul have beautiful lake-front property and this is the gallery for her art, all through and around the house is her handiwork: stepping stones, mushrooms, stained glass, picture frames, an old outhouse with moss on the roof -- it’s all part of the intricate puzzle that is Groesser’s gallery.
She transports you from the regular world to her glass and cement dream land. “God sends me stuff in my sleep and I have art pads everywhere to write it all down,” Groesser says.
Attached to the back of her house is the studio where she puts these ideas together. Forgotten goods from years gone by are brought back to life and made into treasured pieces of art; nothing is wasted. Groesser does repair work on stained glass for customers but her passion is in creating new pieces.
“Bring me an idea and I can make it happen,” shes says, with those ideas including windows, doors, transoms and side lights. With the help of a woodworking friend she is also doing furniture with stained glass.
Groesser can be found working at all hours of the night completing a project and has hundreds of them yet to do. She has something for everyone and every price range starting at $3 up to $1,200. As you walk through her gallery gardens and talk to her you can’t help but feel the excitement she has for her work. She is a woman on a mission. Many artists are procrastinators and somewhat shy about exposing our works in progress. Groesser is not. She is out there for the entire world to see, as transparent as her glass but as tough as her cement...she is fearless.

 
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