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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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Get a little Art & Soul in Petoskey

Kristi Kates - March 16th, 2006
Almost exactly a year ago to date, a little shop took over the Mitchell
Street space in Petoskey where the Funky Frog used to reside.  Founded
by the enthusiastic and creatively-spirited Joelle Wilcox and dubbed
Art & Soul Studio, the new pottery-slash-crafting shop was conceived as
a place where local folks and visitors alike could make something that
was truly their own.
“I got into this because I really felt there was a need for a place
like this in the community,” Wilcox explains, “a place where people
could come and be creative and create their own projects.”   
Wilcox had been a stay-at-home parent for seven years - arguably a
“job” just as difficult as going to a workplace every day - but seven
years at home also meant that she was missing being out in the
community working on something in addition to her family, which
includes three children and her husband, Bay Street Orthopedics’ Dr.
Dan Wilcox.  So Art & Soul was the perfect solution - fun, unique,
and a creative opportunity both for her and for the people that would
hopefully soon become Art & Soul’s patrons.
“I was - and still am! - excited to provide a place where people of all
ages, but especially middle-school and high-school kids and young
adults, can come in and create things,” Wilcox confirms, “it’s also a
great place for people who might not be too outdoorsy, necessarily,
which I know is a big part of activities in Northern Michigan - these
more indoor people can come in and be productive and have fun here in
their own way.” 
Wilcox caters to groups, too, from small parties of friends to larger
events, homeschool groups, and Girl and Boy Scout troops.  And there
are all kinds of crafty opportunities to keep just about anyone happily
occupied.
So what is there to do?  Plenty.  And Wilcox and her staff will even
help you figure out just what to make. 
“For anybody who walks in, we have a teaching board and some neat idea
books,” she explains, “we can help you design anything you want, or
even an idea you saw in a magazine.” 
And the variety and beauty of things created at Art & Soul isn’t lost
on the owner.  “It’s a learning process, and it’s fun to see everyone
learning the nuances of different projects and techniques,” Wilcox
says, “and some people are happy just doing something small and
charming, like a simple handprint on a plate for their Grandma or
something like that.  But most of all, I am amazed by the people that
come in here and do some really beautiful work.”
Art & Soul plans to keep changing things up, too.  “We definitely want
to move with the trends,” Wilcox says, “we’re always adding workships,
we’re going to be having a beading class, and we’re going to be
throwing pottery on wheels in addition to just painting the pottery.” 
And there’s a lot of pottery to paint, including plates, figurines,
decorative figurines and boxes, and tile mirrors. There’s functional
foodsafe dinnerware including cups, bowls, and mugs.  There are even
piggy banks - and the fun doesn’t stop there.
“We’re planning some neat special events, too,” Wilcox enthuses, “We’re
actually having an event on March 17, where a local high school
acoustic band called For-Some will be playing live.  People can come in
and just listen to the music for a $5 cover charge, or we’ll waive that
charge if they want to come in and paint or do a craft project at the
same time.” 
Pottery and pop music - Wilcox is definitely keeping things
interesting.  And she’ll be the first to point out to you standout
projects that people have done.  “I’ve got a window display I call ‘The
Best of the Kiln,’ where I like to put some of the really great pieces
that people do,” she points out. “The only problem is that people are
usually so excited about what they’ve created that they take their
pieces with them when they go.”
 
Come on in and make something great at Art & Soul Studio, 433 East
Mitchell Street, downtown Petoskey, telephone 231-348-7577.  Art & Soul
is closed on Mondays, open Tues 12-6, Weds 3-6, Thurs 12-9, Fri 12-6,
Sat 10-5, and Sun 12-4.

 
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