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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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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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