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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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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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