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Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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The two world‘s of Charles Lindsay

Kelsey Lauer - June 15th, 2009
The Two Worlds of Charles Lindsay
Photographer makes a splash at the Dennos

By Kelsey Lauer 6/15/09

Step inside a different world - or make those two different worlds - at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, where two exhibits from noted photographer Charles Lindsay will take center stage this summer.
UPSTREAM: Fly Fishing in the American West, from June 21 - Sept. 20, features 25 large format black and white photographs (40” x 40”) shot for a book of the same title with author Tom McGuane.
Lindsay captures the essence of solo fly-fishing, at times even delving beneath the water to enter the world of the trout.
“We are very pleased to be able to host this exhibition in the year that Traverse City will host the 50th Anniversary conference of Trout Unlimited in August,” said Gene Jenneman, director of the Dennos Museum Center.
The description for the book UPSTREAM: Fly Fishing in the American West reads: “At times photographing beneath the surface of the water, Lindsay literally enters the world of the trout. In this close observance of the cosmos within the river, he explores the fundamental relationship of all life to water. The photographs in Upstream illuminate a primitive world of elemental beauty and fractured light -- abstract and utterly in motion.”
Lindsay’s images taken from beneath the water will lead museum goers to his next exhibit, CARBON: The Cosmic Worlds of Charles Lindsay.
CARBON, set to run June 24-Sept. 20, is an installation of large-scale photographs, most of which will cover the entire gallery walls.
The ‘photographs’ are made from negatives that utilize a carbon emulsion on a transparent base – the result of many experiments and manipulation. Numerous generations in the fluid’s history create minute evaporation trails, rendering an archeology of time and creating a landscape that seems to belong to a foreign world, more suitable to the moon than to planet Earth.
Jenneman said that a local company in Traverse City will print the images that will be displayed in the CARBON exhibit.
“When Charles asked me if there was anyone I know who could print his images of the scale he wanted for our galleries, I told him the only company in Traverse City I knew that could do what he wanted was Britten Banners,” Jenneman said. “Paul Britten and I met with Charles in New York City last December and the project was underway.”
According to Jenneman, the exhibit will also be Dennos Museum’s first to allow visitors to take home an actual piece of the exhibit - although only once the exhibit has closed.
“When the exhibition closes the banner photos will be recycled by Britten’s Prior Life company into usable items that will be sold in the museum store,” he said. “This will be our first ‘recycled’ exhibition and a unique opportunity for visitors to buy a transformed work of art.”
The Dennos Museum Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Thursday til 8 p.m. beginning July 2) and Sundays 1-5 p.m. Admission is $6 adults, $4 for children (as of July 1) and free to museum members. For more information on the Museum and exhibition, go to www.dennosmuseum.org or call 231-995-1055.
 
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