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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Art rides a painted horse in Northport

Jolynn Paige - July 19th, 2007
Art rides a Painted Horse
in Northport
By Jolynn Paige

Many would say that the village of Northport at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula has been in a bit of a slump over the past several years. Businesses have closed, including the town’s major employer, Leelanau Memorial Hospital. Families have been forced to move away due to lack of work, and the town’s school has seen a drop in enrollment.
But a renaissance is on the horizon, in the form of a declaration by the prolific and populous art community of Northport shouting out, “We are here. We love this place and we’re not going anywhere. Come join us!”
Woody Palmer, for example, is undaunted by stories of doom and gloom.
Over the course of the past several years, Palmer has transformed an old downtown warehouse into what is now The Painted Horse Gallery – an airy, classy gallery to be proud of.
“I bought a main building in the center of Northport with the dream of transforming it into useable, attractive commercial space,” Palmer says.

THE DOG NEXT DOOR
Adjacent to the gallery is a fabulous little bookstore – Dog Ears Books – owned by Northport year-rounder Pamela Grath.
“We are planning all kinds of wonderful events for the future here,” said Grath. Goals include hosting artists’ workshops and authors’ visits in the bookstore/gallery’s new home.
A native of Ada and a talented landscape painter, Palmer’s vision is to create a professional, eye-pleasing space with great art and books in the hope that people will come.
Indeed, those who have come have been impressed.
“We had a woman wander in here a few days ago. She spent a bunch of time looking at the work, and she came to us and said that she’d been to galleries all over the world, and this one was her favorite,” said Palmer.
The past year of blood, sweat and tears has been worth it to him because he believes in the town. “I love Northport, and I think it has a great future ahead of it,” he says.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
Palmer’s expertise in design architecture, his “second career,” is evident in the gallery’s color scheme, lighting, wall space, and ceiling.
“When I first saw this space, I fell in love with the wood-beam ceilings and skylights. We wanted to create the feeling of both a clean, inviting barn and an upscale gallery. I think we did it. I’m pleased with the way it’s turned out.”
He was drawn to a barn scheme because he and his wife, Bonnie Marris, a wildlife artist and partner in sweat equity, share a passion for horses.
“We have four horses – three of them painted – and that is why we named our gallery The Painted Horse,” said Marris.
“We hope that this is a shot in the arm for Northport,” she added. “This is just an incredible place, with so many wonderful, talented, creative, and loving people. It deserves all the best that we can give.”
In addition to Palmer’s landscapes and Marris’s oil paintings of wildlife, the gallery includes works by several Northern Michigan artists.
Palmer said there will be more art events in the near future for the town. “There are six galleries all together in Northport. We are joining together and working together to create events and art walks throughout the summer.”
The Painted Horse Gallery in Northport is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the summer. The following artists’ work will be on display and for sale, with prices ranging from $200-$10,000. Call 231-386-7209 for info.

Mary Beth Acosta, collage artist
Chip Gadek, furniture and wood sculptor
David Grath, painter
Philip Kellogg, sculptor
Bonnie Marris, painter
Gene Rantz, painter
Donn Palmer, painter
Woodruff (Woody) Palmer, painter
Bill Perkins, rustic furniture maker
 
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