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Letters 09-15-2014

Stop The Games On Campus

Four head coaches – two at U of M and two at MSU – get a total of $13 million of your taxpayer dollars each year. Their staffs get another $11 million...

The Truth About Fatbikes

While we appreciate the fatbike trail coverage, the quote from the article below is exactly what we demonstrated not to be true in most cases last season...

Man Has Environmental Responsibility

I tend to agree with Thomas Kachadurian (“Playing God,” Sept. 8) that we should not interfere with the power of nature by deciding what is “native” and what is not. Man usually does what is better for man (or so we believe), hence the survival and population growth of our species...

The Bush & Obama Facts

Don Turner’s letter to the editor on 8/25/14 stated that there has never been a more corrupt, dishonest, etc. set of politicians in the White House. He states no facts, but here are a few...

Ban Pesticides

I grew up downstate in a neighborhood without pesticides. I was always very healthy. Living here, I have become ill. So I did my research and found out a lot about these poison agents called pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, chemical fertilizers, etc) that are being spread throughout this community, accumulating in our air, water and soil...

Respect for Presidents?

Recently we read the Letter to the Editor that encouraged us to stop characterizing President Obama as anything other than an upstanding, moral, inspiring “first Black President”. The author would have us think that the rancor in the press, media and public is misguided. And, believe it or not, this rancor is a “glaring exception to … unwritten patriotic rule” of historically supporting all previous presidents...


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Boyne artists build a dream with art auction

Melissa Fruge - August 31st, 2009
Boyne Artists Build
a Dream With Art Auction
By Melissa Fruge’ 8/31/09

A vibrant arts community is growing along the shores of Lake Charlevoix, and though it may have happened by chance, all can agree it was destiny. You’ve never heard of the Boyne Arts Collective? Well pay attention, because you’re in for a pleasant surprise. What started as an informal gathering of local artists in the Boyne City area two years ago has exploded into a community-wide organization with more than 100 members.
Organizer and artist Martina Hahn has lived in the area for more than 15 years and says she had heard about all the fabulously talented local artists, but had yet to meet any. So in the fall of 2007 she began circulating a flyer asking anyone interested in the arts to attend a small informal gathering to discuss how to strengthen their presence in Boyne City. Hahn says about a dozen people showed up to the initial meeting and the numbers and organization have grown from there. However, providing artists an outlet to showcase and sell their work is not the main mission of the Boyne Arts Collective (B.A.C.) Their goal is to encourage local artists and promote art education and appreciation in the community.
“What’s great about the Boyne Art Collective is that not only do artists now have a place to display their work, but now we have a place to gather and can learn from each other and share resources,” says artist Jerry Douglas.
It’s also been a plus for the community. Jim Baumann, executive director of the Boyne City Chamber of Commerce, believes it gives the town a real sense of pride and hopes the arts and culture can become an economic contributor to the area.
“We’re not just some strip town on the highway, people have to want to come to Boyne City and I think this gives them an extra reason,” says Baumann.

GALLERY & HQ
Located in what has become known as SoBo, the Boyne Arts Collective gallery and headquarters can be found at the south end of Lake Street. Glenn Catt is allowing the organization to use the 210 building for the next three years rent-free, with the stipulation that they are responsible for the maintenance and any repairs or upgrades that need to be done. A tall order for the fledgling non-profit (the B.A.C. is in the final stages of applying for non-profit status).
“This building was a disaster,” laments board member and artist June Storm.
There is currently no working plumbing (running water, bathrooms) electrical upgrades are needed, and the back of the building is a maze of little rooms and hallways. Volunteers worked to open the space up in front but much more needs to be done. The board has grand visions for the future of B.A.C.
“We’re not just an art gallery” emphasizes board member Scott McKenzie.
They hope to set up a working studio for artists and they would like to hold small art classes for people interested in learning more and expanding their perspective of the art world. There has even been talk about someday clearing out the back of the surprisingly long building and creating a dance studio. But the B.A.C. currently lacks the funds or notoriety to undertake a project of that magnitude. According to their online “wish list” they would be thrilled to just get some chairs and tables, a few hours of an electrician’s time, or even a three-hole punch!

THE AUCTION
In order to accomplish some of these lofty aspirations (like running water) the Boyne Arts Collective is hosting its first fine arts auction this Labor Day Weekend.
The auction begins at 7 p.m. Friday night, September 4, at the B.A.C. gallery, 210 Lake Street. It promises to be an exciting event with live entertainment, hors’ devours and wine and beer tasting, courtesy of Sammich ‘n Sudz. Local artists are displaying original works in a myriad of media: textiles, oils, watercolors, and more. Also on the auction block are creative services. Some artists will donate their time and skills to teach small classes in how to create and appreciate art. Douglas, who has created many works on display in the gallery and outdoor murals around downtown, is offering to paint a 120-square-foot mural for the highest bidder. Another member, Sandra Cook, would like to auction off her services and create an art appreciation experience.
To find out more about the Boyne Arts Collective or become a member, you can check out their website, boynearts.org. Membership is not limited to artists.

 
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