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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Challenged artists find A New Dimension

- October 12th, 2009
Challenged Artists Find
A New Dimension
10/12/09
Artists coping with physical, emotional and cognitive challenges will have their moment of glory this Sunday with a chance to participate in an art exhibit entitled “A New Dimension” at the BATA Transfer Station in downtown Traverse City.
“The exhibit is an opportunity to unify artists who live day-to-day with challenges, along with a chance for the public to meet them and celebrate their abilities and talents,” said organizer Michelle St. Amant.
The event will feature an artists’ reception from 12:30-3:30 p.m. with a performance by jazz guitarist Ron Getz. A donation of $5 will be accepted at the door.
All proceeds from the exhibit will
benefit Andre’s Place, a program established by
St. Amant in memory of her son. Born with a rare genetic disorder, Andre grew to develop mental impairments, scoliosis, autism and a severe seizure disorder in his teens. He fell victim to fatal seizures at the age of 18.
The exhibit is open to artists 18 and older who are living with challenges. Entry forms for art in all mediums are available at the BATA Transfer Station on Hall Street; Disability Network on State St.; The Art of Framing and Gallery on 14th St. and DeYoung’s Art Supply on E. Front St.
One artist exhibiting will be Kristin Moody, who didn’t realize she had Asperger’s syndrome (a form of autism) until she was diagnosed as an adult. She had other challenges as well while growing up: At the age of four, she began receiving daily growth hormone injections for nine years to reach her current height of 5‘4“. She had a tumor removed from behind her ear at six and had surgery to raise her ribcage off her heart and lungs at age 12. At 23, she had her first real part-time job as an art assistant to artist Angela Schuler’s and her workshop series “Children’s Art for Autism.”
But through the years, Kristin found solace and liberation in her artwork, including a fanciful series of computer-drawn “Merfolk” mixing the forms of human beings with creatures of the sea. She’s one of many artists that St. Amant hopes to bring together in the spirit of sharing and creativity.
St. Amant is organizing the exhibit to commemorate her son Andre and his love of the arts, including music, movies and humor. Andre’s Place will offer a studio, art materials, instruction and a gallery in in a supportive environment for challenged artists, ages 18 and older.

“A New Dimension” is open to the public, Sunday, Oct. 18 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the BATA Transfer Station, 115 Hall St., Traverse City.

 
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