Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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C2 Gallery

Kristi Kates - December 28th, 2006
The C2 Gallery story actually starts with the Koucky Gallery, a gallery that was popular in Charlevoix from the late ‘80s up until 2005. 
Cheryl Carey had been working for the Kouckys since 2003 when they called her from their Florida location and told her to pack everything up and put it on sale as they had decided to close the gallery;  the Kouckys - Chuck and Nancy - had grown tired of the trek between their Charlevoix gallery and their Florida gallery every year, and they wanted to concentrate on their Florida location.  Cheryl Carey, along with her husband, Mike, whose family are good friends of the Kouckys - then saw an opportunity they couldn’t refuse.  “Yes,” Mike Carey confirms, “it just seemed like a great opportunity for us to do something we love.”
Cheryl and Mike took possession of the Bridge Street gallery in April of 2005 - and spent a month remodeling so that they could open in May. They decided on the name C2 Gallery - which is actually pronounced “C Squared” Gallery - almost as quickly. 
When the husband/wife duo teamed up with friend Amy Cook to make further plans for the gallery space, Cook pointed out that Cheryl Carey frequently signed her name as C2, which she thought would make a great gallery name, and the moniker stuck.  “Later on,” Cook chuckled, “we realized that their last name (Carey) and my last name (Cook) would also translate well to C2, as would “Charlevoix County.” 
The Careys and Cook wanted to do something different with the gallery, since it was no longer the Koucky domain.  Although they respected the former owners -- and still carry a few of their pieces -- it was time to put the C2 stamp on things.
“Our mission has been to concentrate on “local” artists and eliminate items that are ‘production’, like those contracted out to other companies,” Cheryl explains, “I think that local art is important to the customer, too, because many people ask us if we carry local artists.  We have about 150 artists right now, and about half of them are local.  Sometimes it can be difficult to find local artists in a certain medium, so we have to look outside the local area too. Art is something that represents something different for every individual.  Many people have this misconception that art galleries are supposed to be pretentious, and we’re trying to change that.”
The reception to C2’s mission has been a good one.  “I think our target audience is anyone who loves art,” Cook explains, “and we really want to get the locals more into art and into having good art in their houses;  art is for everyone, not just those who have lots of money.  We try to have something that everyone can afford and enjoy.”   
“Charlevoix is really a nice little community,” Mike Carey says, “a lot of people are very involved with the downtown area and give freely of their time and efforts both in the summer and the winter.  We are proud to be part of the chamber and of the community itself, and I think that response has been very favorable.” 

“My favorite part of the gallery are the people that I get to meet and talk to,” Mike Carey adds. “Sometimes the most interesting people come in the door and we end up having a long conversation;  sometimes strangers become friends in the space of 15 minutes.” 
Some standout artists include Kathleen Chaney-Fritz, whose work is drawing a lot of attention at the gallery.
“Most of Kathleen’s works are of local scenes, and she also does subjects like flowers and wildlife, and she works in various mediums from watercolor to oil,” says Cheryl.
Cheryl also favors the gallery’s jewelry selection, which is larger than most any other store in Charlevoix, while Mike points out local artist Peggy Midener, who showcases art boxes, and also the talented Marcella of “Gossamer Glen,” who sculpts amazingly detailed fairies in polymer clay and who is a good friend of the Carey couple. 
Another one to mention is Luke Buck.  “Luke Buck is probably our most ‘famous’ artist,” Cook explains, “he’s the name people will recognize if they recognize anyone at all.  You can find his work in many states, but he’s painted locations in Charlevoix and the surrounding area - like the Charlevoix drawbridge, the Horton Bay General Store, and the Cross Fisheries fishing boat - many times.  We also have recently acquired some great hand-blown pieces from Jordan Valley Glassworks of East Jordan.”  Even non-artist celebs like Michael Moore and Tim Allen have stopped in to the location to see what the gallery has to offer, which is growing to be more than “just” art.
C2 offers other diversions, including their gallery open mic on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., an event that is growing in popularity.  The open mic is open to any and all musicians, as long as they can play acoustically - Mike and Cheryl Carey and Amy Cook are all musicians as well as art aficionados, so they enjoy playing along with whomever shows up.  The event was initially started to draw more interest to the gallery during the slower seasons, but it has grown into an open jam session full of a variety of instruments and performers, and is proving to be great fun.  
Mehndi Art (temporary henna body art from East India) was available at the gallery on selected weekends last summer, and will likely be back next season. Addiitionally,  many artist receptions have been held;  movie nights and a henna party are being discussed for this winter;  and the gallery has also held such workshops as “Make Your Own Mardi Gras Mask” (proceeds of which benefitted Hurricane Katrina victims) in order to keep things interesting - although it’s hard to see how C2 Gallery could be anything but.
C2 Gallery is located at 327 Bridge Street in downtown Charlevoix, and is currently scheduled to be open from 10 am-5:30 pm Mon-Thurs, 10 am-7 pm Fri-Sat, and 11 am-4 pm Sundays;  hours may change seasonally, please call the gallery at 231-547-2228 if you have any questions. 
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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