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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Get your Art-Off

Rick Coates - June 9th, 2008
Seldom does one get to watch an artist in the creative process. Rather, the public typically only sees or hears the completed work. Creating a work of art is usually done in private without time constraints. Imagine telling Picasso that he would have only three hours to complete a painting.
But that is exactly what Sean Tobin and Skyler Nelles, organizers of the first ArtOff in Traverse City, will be doing this Saturday night.
“We are taking applications from the first 20 artists who will have three hours to complete a work of art in front of the audience gathered,” said Tobin. “If you ask a painter, they will tell you it takes 20 to 50 hours and in some cases longer, to complete a work of art. We are giving them just three hours.”
Tobin and Nelles are being joined by Russ Springsteen of the Right Brain Brewery and Penny Krebiehl of Little Artsham (the beneficiary of the ArtOff) for this first of a kind event in Northern Michigan.
“We are borrowing this idea from Grand Rapids,” said Tobin, who is originally from the U.P. and is a graphic designer for Corbin Design. “When Skyler and I were at Kendell Design some of the students there organized this underground competition where the artists competed and it took off.”
Tobin said the events are full of enthusiasm from both the artist perspective as well as the audience.
“We are putting the artist on the spot -- there is no room for painter’s block. You have to work quickly,” said Tobin. “The audience really gets into it. It is really cool to see these works of art being created right before your eyes.”
Event organizers want to emphasize that competitiors don’t just have to be painters.
“We have a welder, someone doing needlepoint, and of course painters,” said Tobin. “The audience is handed a ballot upon arrival and after the three hours they cast their ballot.”
For Tobin and Nelles this event goes beyond benefiting Little Artsham, a collection of artists, musicians, environmentalists, and gardeners committed to learning and co-creating with children and their families. It is about celebrating the visual arts community.
“I think that at times the visual arts community is overlooked here,” said Nelles. “These art-off events create some excitement for the art community.”
“I think exhibitions are great,” Tobin adds. “But it is important to note that this is not an exhibition of these artists’ works. We will not be displaying any of their other works, just what they create that night.”
“Art is important to every community and Northern Michigan has a strong arts community,” said Nelles, who splits his time between Britten Banners and TV 7&4 as a graphic designer. “We hope that by creating a unique event not seen before will help to draw more exposure for artists in the area.”
The ArtOff competition will take place above the Right Brain Brewery, located in the Warehouse District of Downtown Traverse City on Saturday June 14. Doors open at 6:45 and tickets are $10 and include a glass of local wine or beer (cash bar) and catered appetizers from Chef J.W. Pascoe of Pearls. Proceeds will benefit Little Artshram (littleartshram.org). All works will be auctioned off via a silent auction with a minum bid required and 85% of the sale proceeds benefiting Little Artshram. Additional details are at artoff.org or by contacting the Right Brain Brewery at 231-944-1239.


 
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