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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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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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