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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Chary Hansen‘s Art Works Alliance

Rick Coates - May 25th, 2006
 Last December Traverse City artist Charly Hansen convened a group of artist friends at his home.  Hansen, a long-time advocate of the local arts community, felt that there was disconnect among area visual artists and something needed to change. So a couple of dozen artist friends gathered at Hansen’s home studio, drank coffee, and discussed the importance of staying connected with each other, offering support and creating opportunities to exhibit works. Born out of that meeting was the Art Works Alliance.
“We really are a support group for area artists,” said Angela Saxon, an artist who maintains the group’s blog on the Internet. “Many of us spend our days in solitude in our studios so we need that human interaction from time to time.”
Art Works Alliance will introduce
themselves to the public with a juried
exhibition May 25 –31, entitled “One Week In May” at the Miniverni Group offices located on the first floor of Building 50.
Saxon said the community is blessed to have a wealth of talented artists. She and her fellow artists are particularly grateful for Charly Hansen’s leadership in getting this group organized.
“Charly has been a long time favorite in this community. Despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer he has shown real leadership,” said Saxon. “He is an inspiration to all who come in contact with him. This was his vision and it is wonderful to see it all coming together.”
A common link for all area artists is the desire to find for places to exhibit their works.  Especially since the role of the
Traverse Area Arts Council has changed.
“For years the Arts Council played a lead role in organizing the visual arts community and they sponsored several exhibitions,” said Saxon. “But in recent years their role has changed to a broader support of the arts. They now are a resource to the arts community versus an organization that coordinates exhibitions. This isn’t a criticism but instead an important improvement for
the council. So as artists we have to take it upon ourselves to create exhibition opportunities.”
Saxon said that Debra McKeon the new executive director of the Traverse Area Arts Council has been a tremendous supporter of the Art Works Alliance.
“She is a wonderful asset to this community, she has done so much in a short time to bring the arts community together,” said Saxon. “She is paid two days a week but gives 80 hours it seems.”
Saxon and several other artists continue to meet monthly at Charly Hansen’s, discussing possible future exhibitions and offering support and encouragement to each other. They are continuing with a loose knit approach by not collecting dues and keeping things casual and keeping their focus on their mission.
“Our mission is to advance the appreciation of and to increase the participation in the arts by arranging public art initiatives, exhibitions, demonstrations and other events which highlight the diverse talents of the region’s artists of all disciplines,” said Saxon.
Artists or others interested in helping or joining are encouraged to check
out the Art Works Alliance web-blog at
www.artworksalliance.blogspot.com
or contact the group through their Art Goddess (President) Melonie Steffes-Callaghan at frognoise@centurytel.net or (231) 275-1362.
Saxon and other members will also be at the “One Week In May” opening night reception on May 25 from 6 to 9 pm.
 

 
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