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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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A New Look for Les Sirenes Galerie D‘art

Holly Nelson - July 1st, 2004
Over the past couple of years Les Sirenes Galerie D’art in Frankfort has gone through some major changes, but nothing as drastic as this year. Last year we painted all the walls with livelyO colors, getting away from plain old white, and then we installed track lighting throughout the gallery. But that wasn’t quite enough.
This year we decided to tackle the floors as our next project. First we ripped out the old drab carpet, and replaced it with hardwood floors using wood from owner Terri Haugen’s backyard. The trees came down a few years ago during a November storm, two of which landed on Terri’s art fair van, crushing it in half. She had those boards placed at the front of the gallery and gets a kick out of pointing them out. The light ash wood really helps to brighten up the whole gallery, especially in combination with the new lighting.
Haugen also created an original tile mosaic using the gallery logo as her central design. She used a reverse method, painstakingly laying out each piece of tile, upside down and backward, so that when installed, the logo would be right-side up. The mosaic is now embedded into the floor as you enter the gallery. This was Haugen’s first attempt at something like this, and it took her approximately 30 days to complete the project. She studied the ancient technique of mosaic in Italy a few years ago, which helped her prepare for this project.
Les Sirenes Galerie D’art has been open since 2000, and is located in downtown Frankfort on Betsie Bay. We also offer complete custom framing and in home
art design.

The gallery is staffed by professionally trained artists, including Gail Porter, Holly Nelson, Kindra Haugen, Sarah Huron, John Snyder and Terri Haugen. Porter is a watercolor artist who has studied with artists such as Carolyn Scott Risk, Roland Roycraft and Joe Fettingis. She has a studio overlooking the Platte River. Nelson is a photographer who enjoys taking black & white and color photographs of the area. Kindra Haugen, 17, is our youngest member and Terri’s daughter. Kindra is still going to school, and has studied at Interlochen for two years. She works at the gallery during the summers and enjoys creating whimsical artworks. Huron and Snyder build our custom frames and create fine furniture.
Owner Haugen is an award-winning, self-taught artist, best known for her batik work. Along with experimenting in the new mosaic medium for the floor, she has been creating batik papers and collage for many of her new pieces. “I’ve been very inspired this year, doing a lot of experimenting with mixed media,” she says. “I’ve been combining batik and painting with exciting results.”
The gallery’s first show of the summer is the “2nd Annual Gallery Crew’s Exhibit,” running from June 26 – July 10, featuring new works of art from the staff at Les Sirenes Galerie D’art. Call for more information, 231-352-7640 or check the web at www.lessirenes.com.



 
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