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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Divinely Inspired

As a Catholic schoolgirl in Dearborn, Michelle St. Amant would sit in church services, gazing on the beautiful alabaster figures of saints behind the altar.

Al Parker - April 7th, 2014  


“I would fantasize how wonderful it would be to have the ability to create such works of art,” she said.

That fascination with sculpture and the human condition continues to this very day.

Her works have been seen in 14 different galleries and the same number of juried exhibitions in Michigan, Ohio and Virginia.

HOW I GOT STARTED

At the age of 10, a friend’s mother invited me to attend an art class at the civic center. We were each given a small lump of clay and told to create whatever we chose with it. I had been fixated on becoming a nun, so I placed my hands at work molding my shapeless mass of clay into a small version of one.

The encouragement and praise I received from the instructor was exhilarating.

It was at that time that I first fell in love with the feel and texture of this fabulously tactile medium, though unfortunately it was the last of my experience with it until I was in my mid-30s.

THE STORY BEHIND MY ART, MY INSPIRATION

My inspirations for my art have mainly been drawn from my life’s experiences and of those which I have observed. Unfortunately, these same experiences have served to interrupt my creative process and ability to work on my art for long periods of time. Social issues have always greatly interested me and I attribute this toward my upbringing.

I was adopted and was the eldest of eight children who were also adopted. At the age of 12, there had also been 35 foster children of various ages. I believe my interest in social issues was peaked due to my heightened sensitivity to my family situation.

WORK I’M MOST PROUD OF

The piece that is nearest to my heart is a ceramic bust entitled ‘Burial Blanket.’ I created it while living in Alpena. It was designed after a photo I found of a mother somewhere near India holding the body of her dead child swaddled head to toe in a blanket. I was so touched by the photo that I prayed often while working on it to do justice to this woman through my artwork. I strongly feel it was divinely inspired.

My son Andre was born with the rare genetic disorder Galactosemia and lived life with multiple challenges, scoliosis, autism and severe neurological complications. Andre had a white blanket he loved and often begged me to wrap him in it. This provided him with a source of comfort and eased his nerves.

At his death I had his body cremated and requested that they wrap his body in the blanket beforehand. Three years later I was observing ‘Burial Blanket.’ At that moment, like a flash of lightning whipped through my soul, I connected the significance of the piece to my own life with my son. And so I wept!

MY FAVORITE ARTIST

I was most impressed as an adolescent by the Mexican artist Rivera’s fresco paintings at the DIA which portrayed the industrial and technological era of Detroit. The masterful works of Michelangelo and Rodin and others played a great part in my desire to sculpt.

One of my favorite modern sculptures is Arturo Di Modica’s ‘Raging Bull,’ also known as the Wall Street Bull across from the New York Stock Exchange.

ADVICE FOR ASPIRING ARTISTS

I would tell you to first learn to deal with non-constructive criticism. If you’re able, just choose to ignore it. Try not to compare your work with others. Our works are all unique and that’s so wonderful. Know that you will be making errors in your work, since it’s all a learning process and will continue to be for life.

Don’t misunderstand though: learning technical skill is very important. Passionately pursue the type of art you enjoy creating, but be brave and experiment with other subject matters and with various mediums.

MY WORK CAN BE SEEN/PURCHASED

At 223 State Street Boutique and Compassion Center in Traverse City. I am available for commissions at michellest.amant@yahoo.com.

 
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