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Correction: In our recent article on Alpenfest music, we accidentally printed a photo of country singer Alan Jackson instead of Alpenfest country performer Alan Turner. Express regrets the error.

More Density? Many discussions/debates have been held re: 10-story buildings and increasing the density in Traverse City. I wonder how many people have considered the possibility of Cherry Festival-size crowds and density 365 days a year in Traverse City...

Send Them Packing If [Grand Traverse County Commissioner] Christine Maxbauer had killed or injured a child, would [County Administrator] Tom Menzel continue to make the statement that “this is personal?” Anyone drunk and driving a car at 3pm has made a poor judgement call...

No Raise From reading your recent letter on raising minimum wages to $15 an hour by 2018 you should’ve studied your Economics 101 course a little harder. A business just cannot raise their employees’ wages to $15 an hour and not come up with a way to offset that high of a wage increase...

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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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