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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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Small Things With Great Love

Al Parker - May 12th, 2014  


Some of Liza Fillmore’s greatest works are no more than a half-inch square. The watercolor and acrylic artist paints her tiny naturescapes as a way to deal with the world’s suffering.

“I can neither be a hero or a voice in the landscape of our times, but I can paint,” she said. “As Mother Teresa said, ‘We can do no great things, only small things with great love.’” Working in her rural home studio south of Traverse City, Fillmore paints detailed scenic views of Sleeping Bear Dunes, Fishtown and other northern Michigan landmarks.

Most are miniatures, but she also does a collection of larger works, focusing on angels. Professionally Fillmore is a project manager for a Traverse City tech firm, but took up painting five years ago. Her paintings are sold both matted and framed, or as brooches, pins and necklaces.

HOW I GOT STARTED

I come from a family that is both creative and inspiring. Artists, musicians, writers, craftsmen, gardeners … you name it. So being creative is very natural; a driving force. I took art classes at Saginaw Valley State University where I majored in sociology.

I am a Celtic harpist, with more than 20 years of experience, but when I discovered that painting was my own creation, opposed to music where I played the notes of another’s tune, it was a like a light turned on.

I discovered that people loved these little scenes. That was the turning point. I will never give up the harp or my gardens, but art is something so internal. It is something I can create in miniature – the world as I wish it could be.

THE STORY BEHIND MY ART, MY INSPIRATION

It is the beauty of our natural world: the dunes, the lakes, sunsets and beaches and rolling coastal waterways. I wanted to share this beauty with visitors to Northern Michigan. So if one of my little paintings reminds them of a favorite place, or view or summer day, then I am happy.

I paint to create the world as I wish it could be: beautiful, surreal, and peaceful. There is always a boat sailing home at the end of a long summer day, or starting out, always a walk on the beach, a garden path or a cozy cottage view. These small joys that make our lives complete.

WORK I’M MOST PROUD OF

My collection of wearable art. These are tiny creations that can be worn on the go so the wearer can be reminded of a happy day in Northern Michigan!

YOU WON’T BELIEVE

All of my art includes an ancient Celtic symbol, the Awen. Dismayed by the often total disregard of core values for many key players in modern society, I use this symbol on every piece of art to remind me to live in truth, wisdom and love. The Awen is a Celtic symbol for inspiration, truth, wisdom and love.

MY FAVORITE ARTIST

All art is creation, so it is hard to pick favorites. There are so many! Beauty is everywhere, but Claude Monet, Josephine Wall, Georgia O’Keefe; local artists Mary Baines, Ruth McGrath, and my beautiful aunt Audrey Gladden are just a few that come to mind.

ADVICE FOR ASPIRING ARTISTS

Deepak Chopra said, ‘If you really want to see your maker, become a maker yourself,’ which means go ahead and create. God is creation!

We are but candles. ‘Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared,’ said Buddha. So be the light, share the beauty and wonder of creation!

MY WORK CAN BE SEEN/PURCHASED

Evergreen Gallery in Traverse City, Greta’s in Leland, the Dennos Museum Small Works Show in May in Traverse City and at Dood’s Jewelry & Gift Gallery in Ionia. My work is also available at tcartists.com.

Clockwise from top left: Liza Fillmore working on her miniature landscapes. Wearable art. A handful of art. Some of her works feature angels.

 
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