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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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Surrealist FOLK: The Kelli Snively Show goes far beyond the Ordinary at Crooked Tree

- October 14th, 2004
Local favorite and nationally-acclaimed artist Kelli Snively calls her work “Surrealist Folk,” and even the casual visitor will probably recognize why at her one-woman show at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey this month.
As with much of the folk art of the 19th century (indeed, back to the Middle Ages), Kelli’s medium is oil paint on wood and her subjects are rendered with the same strict two-dimensionality as such past masters of the medium as Grandma Moses.
Yet there is nothing of the follower in Kelli Snively. She imbues her work with a private, warm-hearted vision that is both whimsical and contemporary. Her paintings tweak the folk and naive art traditions of the past with a post-modern wink.
Snively is a Harbor Springs native and is the sister of noted folksinger Kirby. She was drawn to a career in art after receiving a BFA in photography at Western Michigan University. Her current medium of choice is oil on wood. “I don’t use wood as a substitute for canvas,” she says. “I paint on wood by choice. It is integral to what I do. I find old, wood picture frames, serving trays, assorted scraps of discarded wood and work with them until an image for a new piece pops into my head.”
The result is a refreshing change from the sort of Northern Michigan impressionism found in so many local galleries. “A nice change from sailboats and porch geraniums,” said Jenny Feldmann of Pooter Olooms Antiques in a Traverse, The Magazine article. “She’s one of the genuine talents up here.”
Snively’s work has been exhibited in galleries across the country, including New Jersey, Michigan, Colorado and Florida. She has also exhibited in Spain and in the Virgin Islands. Her work is perhaps best known to residents of Northern Michigan who frequent Pooter Olooms, the Harbor Springs gallery that prompted Kelli’s move back home 13 years ago after having spent several years in New York City.
Some of her images are best described by the titles she gives them: “Angel in a Pickup Truck,” or “Two People in a Fish” or “Lady with a Cactus Hat.” Snively will talk about her work and answer questions during a presentation Tuesday, October 12, at 10 a.m., as part of the Coffee At Ten series held in the Edith Gilbert Gallery of Crooked Tree Arts Center.
The Kelli Snively Show will be on exhibit at the Crooked Tree Arts Center through November 5, 2004. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Saturdays.


 
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