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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Art Appeal: Gallery on Main

Carina Hume - April 26th, 2007
Northern Michigan plays host to a hotbed of talented artists, and Bay Harbor’s Gallery on Main is no exception. The gallery, open since Memorial Weekend 2005, boasts a tremendous variety of work – from pottery to prints to furniture to paintings – certain to please local residents and vacationers alike.
“We can hold about 25 artists,” says Larissa Flynn, gallery manager and artist herself. “About half are from the area, here year-round. The other half are kind of scattered around Michigan or spend their summers here.”
Large windows create a welcoming entry and the compact space is neatly arranged with groupings of artists’ work spread throughout the gallery.
“I try to have a wide range of things to appeal to many different tastes,” says Flynn. “We have abstracts, we’ve got bronze wildlife sculpture; we try to keep it Northern Michigan.”

Dyed silk and wood lamps created by Richard Allen, a kayak builder from Leland, are a beautiful and commanding presence in the gallery.
A steamer chair made of Australian Jarrah wood – reminiscent of the Titanic – invites visitors to sit and relax. Handmade by retired steel engineer and furniture maker Gale Satterlee, the chair (with three coats of UV protection) is designed to withstand many seasons of unpredictable Northern Michigan weather. A built-in lumbar provides casual comfort, no cushion required.
Plein air landscape paintings (paintings completed without the use of a photograph) by retired automotive designer Robert Hubbach are a popular item. “We carry his watercolors and they were flying out the door last summer,” says Flynn. “He says he’ll stand in a spot for an hour, just absorbing what’s around him, then go into the studio and paint it from memory.”
A Bay Harbor Concours d’Elegance poster artist, Hubbach often paints his landscapes on crinkled rice paper to create more texture, and is most known for designing the Dodge Viper.

Prominently showcased on a front wall is Charlevoix resident Meredith Krell’s horse art. One of last year’s featured artists, Krell’s oils, prints and monotypes are a big hit in the area.
Phil Fisher and Natalie Guess, Florida winter residents, display work in Bay Harbor as well as in their own gallery in Florida. “(Phil’s) been coming to Michigan every year since he was a kid growing up in Ohio,” explains Flynn, “so he comes here every summer and paints his way from Mackinac Island down to Traverse City.”
Oil paintings by well-known local artists such as Trude Bigelow are on display, as well as distinctive pottery by area residents Bonnie Staffel and Kim Krumrey.
In lieu of that great summer family photo, art lovers may prefer an original oil painting instead. “We have an artist who specializes in portraits of children,” says Flynn. Impressionist artist Linda Tyson, who has over 15 years of experience, does oil demonstrations in the gallery every Sunday from mid-June through mid-August, and she may be commissioned for pieces year-round.
Upcoming summer events include featured artist shows accompanied by wine and cheese opening receptions, as well as live demonstrations.
Though well-stocked, the gallery is always on the lookout for new and unusual works. “I want people to come here for a reason,” says Flynn. “I think that we feature artists that are not featured in many other places.”
Gallery on Main is located at 4184 Main Street in Bay Harbor. Hours of operation are Mon.-Sat., 10-5, Sunday, 10-3. Please visit their website at www.galleryonmainbh.com or call them at 231-439-2745.
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