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Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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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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