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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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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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