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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Take a walk for art

Kristi Kates - June 9th, 2008
Put some of the best promotional minds of Petoskey together, add a little “gotta have art,” and what do you get? Petoskey’s annual Gallery Walk, now in its ninth year as one of downtown’s favored events for locals and tourists alike.
It only takes a quick stroll through Petoskey’s quaint downtown area to see that there’s a strong art presence, especially where landscape art (a big draw for visitors) is concerned; if you’ve ever wanted your walls to capture every single mood of the bay and the surrounding area, you could certainly do that by acquiring art from Petoskey’s extensive selection of galleries.

“Carlin Smith, Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce president, and Liz Ahrens, Crooked Tree Arts Center’s executive director, put their heads together with the intent of coming up with an event that would promote the growing number of art galleries in downtown, and that would further enhance Petoskey’s downtown image,” Downtown Director Becky Goodman explains.
Goodman is enthused about the numbers, which grow each year, right along with the event itself as more and more people find out about it.
“We have had people from around the country,” she says. “Many resorters have even begun their summer stays based on the date of the Gallery Walk. We also draw a strong Northern Michigan group.”
As far as gallery participants, there’s a strong group of those, too - this year’s roster includes over a dozen locales, among them Ciao Bella! Garden and Home Gallery, Northern Art Wildlife Art Gallery, Valerie Fine Art, Cold Nose Productions, and of course The Crooked Tree Art Center’s Art Tree Gallery.

The event is unique in that, as much as it’s an artistic exhibition, it’s also quite the social event and something akin to a scavenger hunt, complete with prizes. Special Gallery Walk maps are the key to it all - attendees can pick up free maps at the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce downtown, or at any of the participating galleries, starting about a week before the event and the night of. As people visit the galleries, each gallery will give them a “dot” sticker to put on their map, and by the end of the Gallery Walk, participants turn in their maps and receive a numbered ticket for each sticker; extra stickers can also be earned by purchasing items during the event.
Once the Gallery Walk is over, a whole new level of fun begins; the more dots you collect, the more chances you have to win when the numbers are drawn later that night, with winners receiving original works of art donated by the galleries.
And that’s not all - there’s also an afterglow party held in the Rose Garden of Stafford’s Perry Hotel, with the Jim Owen Trio providing entertainment.
But even with all of these diversions, it’s still the art that’s the focus.
“My opinion, from a downtown professional’s point of view, is that the galleries we have in Petoskey are lovely additions to the business mix that creates a shopping experience that is on a par with some of the best shopping districts in the country,” Goodman says. “The galleries draw people who love beautiful things, and there are many beautiful things to be shopped for in all of our downtown.”
Goodman, who is responsible for downtown revitalization projects, is also a fan of landscapes, but likes historic poster and commercial art as well; so for her, the more galleries and the more diverse they are, the better.
“I would love to see more galleries in downtown,” she continues. “I also coordinate Petoskey’s Art in the Park, and I am very proud of that prestigious and fine event. I think there is room for new artists, and I would welcome talking to anyone who is interested in finding gallery space.”

Petoskey appears to be quickly catching up to Traverse City in the range and amount of art that is becoming available to the public. Goodman thinks that Petoskey’s art is “premiere, of course!” - but she also believes there’s room for everyone. She’s quick to give credit where credit is due, as well; Goodman turned over her Express photo op for this article to the “very deserving” and quirkily-named T. Jones, the volunteer chair of Gallery Walk, who has chaired the event since its inception.
It’s all about downtown Petoskey, and all about the art for Goodman, who just wants to see a good turnout and more support of the arts throughout the region.
“I actually tend to not be so territorial when it comes to art in Northern Michigan,” she explains. “I’m proud to live in an area where there is such an emphasis on art, and where there are so many people earning their livings in such a fulfilling way. It spills over into everything else. I’m sure it relates to the fact that we live in such a beautiful place; we attract people who appreciate beautiful things.”

Petoskey’s Annual Gallery Walk is set to take place June 19 from 5:30 p.m.
to 9 p.m., while The 23rd Annual Art in the Park is set for Saturday, July
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