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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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An old ice house makes history as Stafford‘s Gallery

Kristi Kates - November 30th, 2009
An Old Ice House
Makes History as Stafford’s Gallery
By Kristi Kates
Getting creative with an historic building was a challenge at first for Stafford’s Hospitality in Petoskey.
Stafford’s purchased the former Longton Hall Antiques building in the fall of 2007, as a “natural addition” to its Perry Hotel, according to Stafford’s Lisa Wilbur. Located adjacent to the Perry’s parking lot, ideas on what to do with the building were many, but a decision had yet to be made.
There were many things to consider; the building itself, for one, was unique in that it had been built in the late 1800s as an ice house, meaning it carried plenty of history as well as interesting architecture and antiques within.
“As a member of the Historic Hotels of America, Stafford’s felt that it was important to continue to tell the story of hospitality in Northern Michigan,” Wilbur says. Wilbur, who had been an art consultant for the past six years, met with Stafford’s business manager David Marvin, and the two of them saw the potential of a gallery in the ice house space. A few renovations later, and Stafford’s Gallery of Art and History was opened in June 2008, with Wilbur installed as gallery manager.

HISTORY AND HOSPITALITY
“The Gallery’s goal is to offer a great variety of fine art, with a selection varying from traditional to contemporary works to meet the style of a collector or first-time art buyer,” Wilbur says.
The building offers a look back into Petoskey’s olden days. Guests can still walk through the freezer doors of the ice house, and into different rooms that Wilbur says still have the original glazed block walls, ice chutes, and delivery entrances.
“All of these unique characteristics make the perfect backdrop for displaying art work, and our Hall of History room also showcases a collection of photos and artifacts representing the history of downtown Petoskey from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, with emphasis on the 22 hotels that were located downtown.”

MUST STOP SPOT
Representing 45 Michigan artists, from established to new and emerging talents, Stafford’s Gallery has become a place that both locals and out-of-town guests frequent when looking for new artwork.
A wide range of mediums, styles, and prices are available at the Gallery as are many of Northern Michigan’s most popular artists. Wilbur says that the most popular artworks so far include Todd Warner’s whimsical sculptures; Kevin Barton’s brightly-colored paintings; Mimi Prussack’s birch trees in oil and wax; George Peebles’ contemporary landscape paintings; and Kathleen C. Fritz’ giclee prints.
Photography, pottery, handblown glass, and custom jewelry are also represented, as are display antiques and a range of special events slated to further introduce people to both the Gallery itself and the local art scene.
Special events over the year will include a Gallery “Wine Down Hour” on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings (4 p.m.) in the fall; Stafford’s Featured Studio Artist events, in which artists will set up to paint within the gallery; a “Perry Paint-Out” in which select artists from the Gallery will paint plein-air style in the Garden Veranda, followed by an auction; and participation in Petoskey’s Gallery Walk in June.

For more information on Stafford’s Gallery of Art and History, visit www.staffordsgallery.com, or telephone 231-347-0142; the Gallery is located directly next to Stafford’s Perry Hotel at 118 Lewis Street in downtown Petoskey.

 
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