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Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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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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