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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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The Arts... A Gathering... The art is all homegrown at the Northern Michigan Artists Market

Kristi Kates - May 26th, 2005
Such a scenic place as Northern Michigan is bound to have plenty of galleries of artwork from those trying to capture the beauty of the area. And such is also true of Petoskey, Michigan. A quick browse of the telephone book boasts almost 20 fine art galleries in Petoskey alone, not even including such surrounding art-friendly areas as Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor, and Charlevoix. But many of these are one-person galleries, great for showcasing a certain artist’s work, but not very conducive when it comes to showcasing the variety of artwork created about and available in this region. That’s where the Northern Michigan Artists Market comes in.

WHO’S WHO
Co-owned by four ambitious artists - Vivi Woodcock, who works in mixed water mediums and collage; Marty Scott, who designs and crafts mobiles; Susan Lange, who makes jewelry; and Susan Galbraith, who represents the photography of her talented late husband, Jim - the gallery, opened in October of 2003, is a place where a wide range of local artists are encouraged, catered to, and given space for their work.
For as little as $20 a month and a commission fee, artists of all levels, from well-known regional talents to those who may never have displayed their work before, can place their art on display in the Artists Market both for viewing and purchase.
“One of the first issues we had was how to set the gallery up,” Marty Scott explains. “We wanted it to be as artist-friendly as possible. The usual cooperative art gallery, while a good idea, would’ve also involved the artists having to come in here and work in the gallery itself. We didn’t want to do that - we wanted to give them time to work, we wanted to help the artists produce more art and get in touch with their audience. That’s what’s important.”
So, instead of the usual co-op format, the quartet decided to man the gallery themselves, inviting the artists instead to stop in whenever they liked, but not making it an obligation. It’s a plan that has worked out well if the gallery itself is any indication - with all that time to work, the place is chock-full of unique and expressive items by their roster of over 80 artists who work in a very wide range of mediums.

NORTHERN MICHIGAN ONLY
“Our only exclusivity detail is that all of the artists must be from Northern Michigan,” Scott emphasizes. “It is a Northern Michigan artists market, after all. Other than that our range is very broad. We thought it was important to establish a place like this.”
Scott and Vivi Woodcock explain that around a third of their exhibiting artists are people who have wandered in to the gallery and who wind up in conversations with the friendly owners, often explaining that they do art as well. The Northern Michigan Artists Market enjoys looking at and evaluating all kinds of artwork, much of which does end up in the gallery itself. And a lot of it is affordable, even for the art collector who is just beginning, or who is on a limited budget.
“We have everything from $2 watercolor cards to paintings that cost upwards of several thousand dollars,” Woodcock enthuses. “We also have ceramics, fiber art, mobiles, hand-crafted boxes and baskets, lots of gift cards, photography -- there’s so much here. When we get a new artist in, we try to get them to bring in as much of a variety as they can of the things they create.”
Scott continues, “That’s why it’s an artists market as opposed to a typical gallery -- clearly, it is a gallery, but we wanted it to sound friendlier, and we wanted to convey that it’s even more than a gallery. It’s also less formal. It’s really all about the art.”

THE GOODS
And there’s plenty of art to be had at the Artists Market. Bright acrylic paintings by Nicki Griffith share space with photography by B. Hull, watercolors by Jan Glass, colorful fish platters by Shapero, jewelry by D.H. Designs and Morning Star Jewelry, and fabric tapestries by Joanne Cromley, who also volunteers in the gallery.
“Our website is another great opportunity for our artists,” Vivi Woodcock offers. “Each artist has a chance to have a page of their own on our site, and it’s all integrated in with our in-house system as part of their fee. That way customers can browse all of the art online, too.”
“And we’re not just a tourist destination,” Scott points out. “Of course, one part of the visitor’s experience is seeing Northern Michigan art, and maybe taking it home with them. But just as many of our customers live here and visit here in the wintertime, too.”
Woodcock agrees, “W
e do participate in gallery walks, and we encourage our artists to come in when there are a lot of people here. But it’s also important to have something going on artistically year-round.”

The Northern Michigan Artists Market is located at
445 East Mitchell in downtown Petoskey, telephone
231-487-0000. They can also be visited online at
www.nmam.us.

 
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