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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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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.”

SOME OFFERINGS...
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.

LOCAL TIES
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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