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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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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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