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Letters 07-27-2015

Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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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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