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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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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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