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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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The Ellair Gallery

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.

FUNCTIONAL ART
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.”

FROM PAIR TO WARNER
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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