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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Jill‘s Gallery

Erin Cowell - November 15th, 2010
Five Friends in Art: Jill’s Gallery offers a fall open house
By Erin Crowell
Unlike most art sales that bring the work of several strangers
together, the Second Annual Fall Open House & Art Sale combines the
work of five sisters and friends. Expect lots of color and variety
when these five Northern Michigan female artists present their work in
support of a local cause at the Second Annual Fall Open House & Art
Sale at Jill’s Studio, in Traverse City, on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9
a.m.-5 p.m.
Gallery owner Jill Hinds, along with sister Jeanne Hinds, sister
in-law Jan Hinds and friends Nan Bedick and Lisa Wilkins Schulte will
donate 10% of all artwork sales to the Father Fred Foundation, the
Traverse City non-profit that provides food, clothing and assistance
to Grand Traverse area residents in need.
Last year the open house raised around $4,000 for the foundation and
brought in over 150 visitors to the studio, said Hinds.
“It was extremely busy,” she added, “and that was mainly inviting just
friends and family and others we knew. Last year it was just seeing
how it goes.”
While Schulte’s work has appeared in galleries throughout the area
including Gallery 50 in Traverse City, Michigan Artists Gallery in
Suttons Bay and Kuhlhaus Gallery in Harbor Springs, the other four
women utilize the open house as their primary means of selling
“Jan does the craft shows, otherwise for the three of us, this is our
once a year big way to expose our work and do the commercial thing.
Then the rest of the year it’s just creating and exploring,” said

While the five artists work in different mediums, all have dabbled in
another – making the open house a true evolutionary exhibit.
Since retiring in 2004, Jill Hinds has explored painting, particularly
“en plein air” (where the artist works on a piece outdoors) – a
contrast to her 25 years teaching visual communications and computer
graphics at Northwestern Michigan College.
“When I was first teaching, everything was hand done like hand
lettering…even sharpening the pencil to do the lettering,” said Hinds.
“Then everything turned into computer graphics and I missed that pure,
raw creativity that comes from sketching and drawing.”
Today, Hinds “gets her hands dirty,” as she puts it, spending a
majority of her time painting in acrylics and pastels.
Sister-in-law Jan Hinds started working with basket weaving in 1981
when she eventually became allergic to most of the weaving materials.
Then, by adding acrylic paint to cotton paper, Hinds discovered color
and a new medium mix of painting and crafting.
Jeanne Hinds first started working primarily with crochet and knitting
when she shifted her focus to recycled and discarded materials.
“Artists evolve. This is what we do,” said Schulte, who has recently
turned her focus from pastel to acrylic painting. “You get an idea,
you run with it and that leads to another idea. I’m heading in more of
an abstract direction, but of course that could change mid-flight.”
Color has become a considerable preference for many of the artists,
along with utilizing the natural beauty of the area.
Bedick, a resident on Old Mission Peninsula, said she is constantly
influenced by the lakes, skies, vineyards and orchards, using pastels
or acrylics for her work.
Schulte agrees.
“I love to paint landscapes,” she said, “and I love to work with
color, slinging it around and manipulating the paint.”
Working outside has also become a favorable escape for Hinds, as well.
“There’s just something nice and pure about being outside and
painting,” she said. “It’s just freeing versus being at a computer.
Otherwise you’re just plugged in.”

All art sold at the Annual Fall Open House & Art Sale will be
available for under $200 and will include postcards, jewelry, scarves,
paintings, baskets and more. Refreshments will be served during the
event, which runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jill’s Studio is located at 347 N West
Silver Lake Road, just south of Traverse City. For more information on
the event and artists, email Jill Hinds at jills_studio@me.com.

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