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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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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