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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Charlevoix Art Fair

Carina Hume - August 4th, 2008
Fine art treasures and a lakefront setting make Charlevoix’s Waterfront Art Fair a summer crowd-pleaser. Returning to the newly-completed downtown East Park on the shores of Charlevoix’s Round Lake, the art fair is celebrating its 50th anniversary on August 9.
Nearly 130 artists from as far away as Florida and New York offer visitors one-of-a-kind pieces. “The artists juried into the show present a range of art that is affordable to the first time art buyer and also includes pieces that are desired by the experienced art collector,” says Mary Beth McGraw, director of the art fair and president of the Charlevoix Council for the Arts.

Charlevoix’s art fair began in 1959 with Mrs. Edward Lemcke organizing the first committee. “Determined to bring fine arts into the remote, northwestern area of Michigan’s lower peninsula, a committee, comprised of year-round and seasonal residents, held the first art fair,” explains McGraw, a 27-year member of the art fair committee and director for 13 years.
“At that time, there were no galleries in Charlevoix, and art was not part of the school curriculum. The art fair could provide encouragement for working artists in the region and young people with an interest in art.”
Two years later, Caroline Rader succeeded Lemcke and continued as leader for 22 years.
Early art fairs offered special exhibits of loaned masterworks – many borrowed from Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Cummings, eventual Sara Lee Corporation founders – by famous artists such as Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas and Henri Matisse, in order to further encourage the area’s fine arts education.
“It was a wonderful opportunity to view important, original works of art, locally, and committee member Edith Gilbert was able to make it happen,” says McGraw. “Edith was also instrumental in bringing the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Artmobile to the Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair for three consecutive summers in the sixties.”
Special exhibits continued through 1978, but then were disbanded due to impossible logistics for transportation and insurance fees connected with the exhibits.

Originally awarding ribbons in all categories for artists desiring their work to be judged and allowing paid entry to all, the art fair’s growth eventually warranted a jury.
“We have a knowledgeable and balanced group that jury the fair each year,” says McGraw. “Based on the feedback we’ve received from artists, the public, and the reputation the art fair enjoys in the media, it appears they do a laudable job of selecting high quality art/artists.”
An estimated 600 to 1,000 entries are received each year – although no actual count is recorded – with only 150 spaces available on the East Park lawn. With several entries needing double booths, the show is limited to around 130 exhibitors each year.
“There is a great deal of variety within the primary categories that are ceramics, drawing, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood,” says McGraw.
“An enforced requirement is that the exhibition is comprised of original works by the artist, and the artist must be present. Any reproductions must be clearly marked as such and are limited to a single bin.”
Area artists Sue and Russ Bolt, Bonnie Staffel, Todd Warner, Terry Salmonson, Lori Bolt (a scholarship winner three years: 1976-1978), Luciano Duse and Barbara Godwin are all long-time exhibitors in Charlevoix’s art fair, with the late Norman Brumm – present at the second art fair in 1960 – exhibiting more years than anyone in the history of the fair.
“Painter Lars-Birger Sponberg is (now) the longest exhibiting artist – having missed only one year since 1966,” says McGraw. “He will be exhibiting in the 2008 Waterfront Fair.”

Goals of the first art fair – to further arts education – are still in place, with funds raised being used to sponsor art scholarships for Charlevoix-area students.
“The Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair was the first (1972) in the state to commit proceeds from the show to fund scholarships for students wanting to pursue further education in the arts,” explains McGraw. “Since that time more than $30,000 has been awarded.”
The non-profit Charlevoix Council for the Arts was formed in 1990 and continues to devote art fair proceeds toward area youth.
“In addition to college scholarships, profits from the art fair provide funding for youth attending art and music camps, performances by professional dance troupes and drama companies, concerts by musical groups, purchase of original art for display in the schools and other public places, art and music workshops, visiting authors, museum visits, and grants for purchase of art, music, and drama equipment,” continues McGraw. “The monies have brought wonderful opportunities to our community, and the Council has stayed true to the founder’s original goal.”
To commemorate Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair’s 50th anniversary, a unique publication is also being offered. “A special book will be published on the fair’s history, which will be given to the artists and available to the public for $10,” adds McGraw.

Check out Charlevoix’s Waterfront
Art Fair on Saturday, August 9 from
9 a.m. – 6 p.m., downtown. For more information visit

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