Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Kristi Kates - July 20th, 2009
Art‘s a Breeze at The Ellair Gallery

By Kristi Kates 7/20/09

Multi-media artist Edith Pair grew up in Charlevoix, and followed a direct route to her current artistic career, starting at five years old painting with oils.
In high school, Edith served a summer internship at Parsons School of Design (New York). From there she attended the Art Institute of Chicago, “which was ranked second-best art school in the country,” she says proudly.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (she also majored in fashion design), Pair freelanced in Chicago for 15 years doing work for various corporations and businesses; but she decided to move back to Charlevoix to pursue her lifelong goal of opening her own gallery in 2008.

Her Ellair Gallery now carries her own work, and helps promote other artists as well.
“My philosophy behind the gallery is not to take anything too seriously,” Pair explains, “I have vibrant colors and unique, humorous, yet very sophisticated pieces that can appeal to most everyone. You absolutely will not walk out of here without laughing or at least cracking a smile, as well as an appreciation for the one-of-a-kind items I am so adamant about carrying.”
“The majority of work in the gallery is Todd Warner’s and my own,” she says, “with about a half-dozen other local artists.”
Pair works mainly in acrylic paints, does custom artwork as well as her own designer clothing line, and crafts what she calls “functional art.”
“Furniture, smaller items such as clocks, clothing/key hooks, and my favorite, hand-painted cheese trays. I have a high-duty epoxy resin I used to cover my work that protects the piece without scratching; it’s extremely durable and has allowed me to use photographs and mementos for custom orders I do for clients.”
“For instance, I incorporated photos of a family into the artwork for a wedding gift table,” she continues, “and in a painting that I did, I used sheets of music in the painting that the client had first used when he started writing music. It’s hard to explain unless you see it for yourself, but it makes each piece very personal and special.”

As mentioned, the Ellair Gallery also carries a lot of Todd Warner’s work; Warner (www.toddwarner.com) is well-known in Charlevoix and beyond for his whimsical sculptures of everything from ostriches to cowboys, butlers to armadillos. His work is displayed everywhere from galleries and airports to the New York State Thruway as well as Pair’s gallery.
“I am the only gallery in the world who carries his original paintings that he created last year,” Pair says. “And I feel very blessed to have him as my mentor, as his artwork is genius; so many try to replicate it but never succeed.”
Pair also carries photographer Tony Dunaske’s local work; Shelly Wilkerson’s popular paintings; and additional artworks, jewelry, and gift items from other artists.
Pair plans to continue having artists visit her gallery on the weekends for the rest of the summer to give demonstrations, and she is always in-house working on her own artwork, which she welcomes visitors to view.
“Art should be special,” Pair concludes, “and something you can appreciate and cherish forever; you don’t want to see your next door neighbor with the same piece of art manufactured in mass production.”

The Ellair Gallery is open Sundays and Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The gallery will also be open full-time through the winter holidays, and then part-time to next spring. Info:
www.ellair.com; ph. 231-547-4655; or email edithpair@yahoo.com.

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