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Letters 08-24-2015

Bush And Blame Jeb Bush strikes again. Understand that Bush III represents the nearly extinct, compassionate-conservative, moderate wing of the Republican party...

No More State Theatre I was quite surprised and disgusted by an article I saw in last week’s edition. On pages 18 and 19 was an article about how the State Theatre downtown let some homosexual couple get married there...

GMOs Unsustainable Steve Tuttle’s column on GMOs was both uninformed and off the mark. Genetic engineering will not feed the world like Tuttle claims. However, GMOs do have the potential to starve us because they are unsustainable...

A Pin Drop Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 to a group of Democrats in Charlevoix, an all-white, seemingly middle class, well-educated audience, half of whom were female...

A Slippery Slope Most of us would agree that an appropriate suggestion to a physician who refuses to provide a blood transfusion to a dying patient because of the doctor’s religious views would be, “Please doctor, change your profession as a less selfish means of protecting your religious freedom.”

Stabilize Our Climate Climate scientists have been saying that in order to stabilize the climate, we need to limit global warming to less than two degrees. Renewables other than hydropower provide less than 3 percent of the world energy. In order to achieve the two degree scenario, the world needs to generate 11 times more wind power by 2050, and 36 times more solar power. It will require a big helping of new nuclear power, too...

Harm From GMOs I usually agree with the well-reasoned opinions expressed in Stephen Tuttle’s columns but I must challenge his assertions concerning GMO foods. As many proponents of GMOs do, Mr. Tuttle conveniently ignores the basic fact that GMO corn, soybeans and other crops have been engineered to withstand massive quantities of herbicides. This strategy is designed to maximize profits for chemical companies, such as Monsanto. The use of copious quantities of herbicides, including glyphosates, is losing its effectiveness and the producers of these poisons are promoting the use of increasingly dangerous substances to achieve the same results...

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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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