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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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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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