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Letters 12-14-2014

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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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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