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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Art up North

Carina Hume - June 15th, 2006
Northern Michigan’s beauty is rivaled only by the artwork that area galleries and summer shows bring. The Petoskey and Harbor Springs area art scene doesn’t disappoint with this jam-packed summer schedule.
Petoskey kicks off its summer art fun with the Seventh Annual Downtown Gallery Walk on Thursday, June 15. From 5:30 – 9 p.m. participating galleries will have refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and many artists on hand. Everyone is welcome and each gallery visit earns participants a dot on their walking map that will be turned in for tickets at the AfterGlow party at the end of the night. Tickets will be drawn to raffle off participating galleries’ donated art. There is no charge for the event and additional tickets can be earned for each purchase made. Over $10,000 in prizes will be given away.
Well into its summer season, the Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) in downtown Petoskey is offering the Alma Print Show through June 18. This traveling show treats visitors to a diverse collection of print methods and techniques.
In CTAC’s Edith Gilbert Gallery through June 25 is the 20th Century Photography Masters exhibition. On loan from the Crouse family’s private collections, the exhibit features, among others, the work of Ansel Adams, black and white pictures of Marilyn Monroe and Steve McCurry’s photo of an Afghan girl made famous by National Geographic.

JULY
Fourth of July visitors to Harbor Springs will be welcomed to the 31st Annual Juried Art Show held in Zorn Park. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for this yearly tradition. Nearly 108 entrants were accepted from 175 applications and booths selling everything from paintings to pottery will cover both sections of the park. “We’re proud to have artists from all over the country,” says Michelle Zoerner of Harbor Springs Community Schools. “There is something for everyone.”
From July 8 through August 27 CTAC will have two plein air exhibitions. En plein air is a French term that translates into English as ‘in open air.’ True plein air artists paint from direct observation of life, often outdoors, with no photographic reference. The National Plein Air Competition in CTAC’s West Gallery showcases 51 paintings juried by local plein air artist Bill Hosner. The second show, Before Their Eyes – En Plein Air, will be in the Edith Gilbert Gallery and will feature the work of nationally known artists Scott Christensen, Gil Dellinger, Daniel Gerhartz and Hosner.
Gil Dellinger, a featured artist in Before Their Eyes at CTAC will offer pastel and acrylic demonstrations on Saturday, July 9. Location and times will be announced July 7. Please visit www.crookedtree.org for more details.
On Wednesday, July 12, the Harbor Springs Women’s Club will present its 23rd Annual Art Fest at Nub’s Nob in Harbor Springs. From 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. visitors ($4 entry fee) will see a variety of arts and crafts. “You name it, it’s there,” says Ruth O’Gawa, member of the H.S. Women’s Club, “watercolor, oil, fabric art, ceramics, a wide range of jewelry and painted, woven clothes.”
The annual art fest is a fund-raiser for area organizations. “The proceeds go to community needs,” continues O’Gawa, “Manna Food Pantry and Women’s Resource Center scholarships.”
D’Art for Art, the area’s biggest fund-raiser, sponsored by CTAC, takes place the evening of Thursday, July 13 at Brek-N-Ridge Farm in Harbor Springs. A $500 ticket guarantees each couple an original work of art, a “meet the artist-preview the art” cocktail reception, dinner, music and the satisfaction that comes from supporting the arts. Tickets go fast for this annual event. Visit www.crookedtree.org for more information.
Petoskey’s foremost art tradition, Art in the Park, takes place on Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. “It’s a special event for the regional area,” says Becky Goodman, downtown director for Petoskey’s Chamber of Commerce, “and it’s more to get people to visit our downtown community.”
Featuring 125 artists out of nearly 300, the show is the area’s largest juried event. Local artist Joey Haderer runs the popular Children’s Area where kids can buy inexpensive pieces of art or create their own. Local service organizations, Zonta and Habitat for Humanity will offer food booths.
The third annual Native American Indian Art Fair sponsored by the Andrew J. Blackbird Museum will be held Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Harbor Springs’ Jean Jardine Park. Many area Native American artists and historians will be showing their wares. “We expect to see everything from quillwork to beading, from traditional to contemporary,” says Kathy Lott, executive director of the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce and museum board member.
A Plein Air Paint-Out will take place Saturday, July 29 at CTAC. All artists are welcome to participate in this day-long event. Registration will be 8-9 a.m. and artists must return with their finished artwork by 6 p.m. framed and ready to display. (A framing station will be setup at CTAC – artists must bring their own supplies.) On Sunday, July 30 there will be an opening reception of all artists’ work from 2-4 p.m. Work will remain on display and for sale in CTAC’s lower gallery until August 27.

AUGUST
Bay Harbor swings into the art scene with its seventh annual Summer Art Fair on Aug. 4 and 5. The festival will feature a juried fine arts show and craftspeople along with music and children’s entertainment. Admission and parking is free and everyone is welcome. Visit www.levyartfairs.com for more information.
On Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. the 30th Annual Juried Arts & Crafts show will be held in downtown Petoskey’s Pennsylvania Park. “When (the Petoskey Jaycees) disbanded,” says Carrie Selby of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northern Michigan, “they turned it over to us.” The show – a fund-raiser for Big Brothers’/Big Sisters’ volunteer mentoring program – will continue to offer nearly 100 booths selling a variety of items and will coincide with Petoskey’s Festival on the Bay.

For more detailed information on the above events, please visit the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce website at
www.petoskey.com or the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce website at
www.harborspringschamber.com.


 
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