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Letters 07-27-2015

Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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The Bellstone revisits Gallery 544

Robert Downes - September 15th, 2008
Marcia Bellinger will be bringing back some familiar faces for the Sept. 19 Art Walk in downtown Traverse City. Dan Oberschulte, former owner of Gallery 544, and many of the artists he used to feature there, will be the focus of Bellinger’s show at her Belstone Gallery.
“The Art Walk is a wonderful event, with all the downtown art galleries,” Bellinger said. “I do a show every Artwalk. Most are up two weeks to a month. This display will run through the end of October.”
In addition to Oberschulte, the “Gallery 544 Revisited” show will feature Mary Fuscaldo, Joe De Luca, Jerry Gates, Dorothy Grow, Dan Heron, Joe Stearns, Angela Saxon, Flora Stuck, Nancy Hoffman, Billie Hoxie and Julie Pearson.
Gallery 544 was located at 544 Eighth St., and Oberschulte displayed work by many local artists, focusing primarily on those who will be featured in this show. The idea for this show came about from casual conversations among the artists and Bellinger.
“The Gallery 544 people are all friends of mine,” Bellinger said. “We said, wouldn’t it be fun to do something? So I thought, I’ve got the place. Why not?”

SPARKLING GALLERY
She’s got the place indeed. Located at 321 E. Front St., Belstone Gallery was founded in 1986 by Bellinger, a retired English teacher. The first thing you notice when you walk in the door is the play of light and color. With windows on three sides, including transom windows extending all the way to the ceiling, the sunshine is reflected from the colorful glassware on display. The light literally sparkles from everywhere.
That’s just the way Bellinger intended it. “Lighting is very important,” she said. “And a lot of color. I thought gallery walls had to be white, but then I used some color.”
That’s certainly the case. In addition to the sparkling colors of the art work, the walls vary in hue from a rich chocolate to yellow to chartreuse. But rather than looking haphazard, the different colors only add to the appeal of the gallery. All of it reflects Bellinger’s carefree approach to art.
“I buy what I like. I like glass, so there’s a lot of glass. I’ve stayed pretty open to just about anything.”
And when she decides it’s time to change the color scheme, she’s the one on the ladder doing the painting. “I paint the walls to complement the art,” she said. “Here I can do anything. At home I’ve got a husband.”
Art Walk patrons pay $5 for an inscribed wine goblet, which they can take with them from gallery to gallery, where the various venues may offer refreshments. The money goes toward downtown art projects.
For more information, go to
belstonegallery.com or call 946-0610.

 
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