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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An Artfull Walk TC galleries bring out their best for April 29 walking tour

Susan Spear - April 28th, 2005
Just in time for the onset of the 2005 summer season, the first annual Downtown Art Walk is ready for its debut on Friday, April 29 from 5-9 p.m. A total of 21 participating stores will welcome visitors to peruse their art exhibitions and enjoy hors d’oeurves and local wines before continuing to amble through the city’s exhibits clustered along Front Street.
After enjoying each presentation, patrons will receive a stamp and an opportunity to win a $500 Downtown Shopping Spree. Walking maps will be available at each participating gallery and the Downtown Traverse City Association (DTCA) office.
Colleen Paveglio, marketing director for the DTCA and a committee of members of several downtown galleries, initiated the idea for an art walk based on the number of galleries moving downtown and the number of people passionate about local art.
A standout for her presentation this first year is Marcia Bellinger, owner of the riverside Belstone Gallery. A popular mainstay on Front Street, carrying both local and national artists, Marcia has cleared her gallery and is hosting a special reception timed to correlate with the opening of the Art Walk.
The Belstone will highlight the work of local artists Nancy Crisp, Tim Lewis, Bob Purvis and Al Vigland. The exhibition will continue through May 15, representing acrylics, watercolor, sculpture and pottery.

• Suttons Bay’s Bob Purvis is widely acknowledged as a minimalist sculptor and furniture maker. The anti-illusionist projects a sheer focus of vision, demonstrating a Modernist agenda with the durability of steel. At his very best, Purvis fools the eye by formulating work that precariously overcomes gravity and yet dominates in design. He enjoys creating a spark of surprise in the audience by making steel appear weightless. With his humble beginnings as a steel worker in his father’s construction business, Purvis now enjoys serious “play” with his art.

• Empire’s Tim Lewis creates intricate watercolors with layers of pictorials and frequently, adds the subtleties of a visual pun! Prolific and idiosyncratic, Lewis’ novel observations appear as sardonic, but respectful swipes at our sense of social order. His idealized Western culture cartoon-like men and women interact in symbolic landscapes and with prop-like artifacts. With a background of innovative illustration with Push Pin Studios, Lewis’ images continue to frolic in quirky environments. Each work incorporates strong design elements, balanced patterns and metaphorical implications while delighting viewers.

• Traverse City’s Nancy Crisp, utilizes an abstract landscape format as her vehicle of expression. Her acrylic paintings have a wonderful interplay of color and expression. Large fields of color give context to the composition and are balanced by more intricate environments. Autobiographical experiences and even trips to the islands merge in natural collages of color with random hatching. For painters and their collectors, abstracts become stories – communications through visual perception, highlighting study and structure. Crisp’s accessible and vibrant works have a fascinating tension, which successfully tightropes between experiencing the real and the imagined at the same time.

• Benzonia’s Al Vigland is a legend for his poetry of form. A contemporary master, his current work is primarily globular and ethereal, elevating pottery beyond decor and function - into “art.” His contribution to this special exhibit consists of a collection of wheel thrown high-fired ceramic vessels. His refined glazes, both matte and glossy, with tinges of breathtaking color have no specific motif, but convey a rich mottled translucency in tone. Vigland’s elegant round forms vary in size and containment, but are also beautifully consistent - famous for faint yellows, bold magentas and depths of cloudy blue-greens. Each featured Belstone artist expresses certain color combinations, shapes and patterns to capture feelings in their selected mediums. But also, for each, a gallery opening is momentous occasion.

Art walks, crawls or strolls occur in many cities across the United States and have a ripple effect of adding cultural ambiance to an area, but having a focus on just four local artists is reminiscent of a big city gallery functioning in a large metropolitan area. Traverse City has long been known for being a mecca for artists’ studios, but it is a treat to see this community so centered on the visual arts and taking some progressive strides for the upcoming season. Experience an evening of culture on the 29th!

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