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Letters 07-27-2015

Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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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
artwork.
“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
Hinds.

AN EVOLUTION
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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