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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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?”

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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