Letters 11-30-2015

“Snapshots” of Islam Offensive  In his latest effort (Northern Express Nov. 23 - Nov. 29, 2015,) David Kachadurian provides a jumble of FYI disclosures pertaining to Islam and Muslim societies, and posing as if providing a public service announcement, he advises the readers to ponder their import and to “make of them what you will.”

Not Another War To these people who believe we need to be at war in the Middle East all the time: try thinking about getting the countries that are in the area to take care of these bad guys instead of us. We are almost in constant war and have been as long as most can remember...

The Unvaccinated Are Punished Pulling healthy children from school due to a so called “outbreak” of a mild childhood illness isn’t for the safety of the community, as we’re being led to believe. It’s to prove a point that the health department will follow through on their threats to exclude the unvaccinated from all school related events, whenever they see fit...

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Meet The Art Guy: Paul LaPorte

Art Kristi Kates If you’ve ever listened to WTCM Radio, visited the Crooked Tree Arts Center or attended any number of local art events, chances are your path has crossed with Paul LaPorte’s.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

For the Love of Rust

Art Al Parker “I saw this old Ford truck sitting deserted in the woods and took a photo of it,” she said. “And one time I sent my granddaughter to a junkyard to get me photos of old cars. Then I work from the photos. In addition to the cars, I really love doing portraits.
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sheryl Langdon's Beautiful Balancing Act

Art Al Parker “When I’m making jewelry, certain stones literally seem to tell me what to do with them,” she said. “I try to balance the raw with the refined, the heavy with the iridescent, the old with the new, the dull with the sparkle to help them to be seen in a different and elegant way.
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Emmet County’s Biggest Fan Beth Eckerle

Art Kristi Kates One way to honor state, county or municipal employees who have helped preserve Michigan’s history beyond the duties of their official jobs is by presenting them with the Michigan Historical Commission’s Governor John B. Swainson Award.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Don Butkovich and the Art of Appreciating Art

Art Nick Beadleston His resume is encyclopedic and includes accomplishments logged across Michigan and the northeastern United States and Canada, and it also details his expertise in numerous artistic mediums. Today, imbued with the wisdom of a life fully lived, he quietly runs Don Butkovich Antiques & Appraisals from his Traverse City home.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

John Krieger and His Many Bodies of Work

Art Al Parker Now retired from the car game, he’s gone from designing fins on cars to designing fins on fish, his recent specialty. His colorful, unique fish are made of the same clay used in car models and they range in size from about 3 to 10 feet long, although recently he’s been asked to create a couple of fiberglass fish in the 20- to 25-foot range.
Friday, October 2, 2015

Wool by the Pound

Art Kristi Kates If you watched the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremonies, you saw one of the products of Stonehedge Fiber Mill. The East Jordan company produced nearly 3,000 pounds of yarn for Ralph Lauren in spring 2013 to be used for the sweaters the designer created for the games.
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Learning From Accidents

Art Al Parker Tom (T.J.) Krueger is uniformly informal when he creates his innovative pieces at his Greilickville studio. “I like to work in my three-piece suit,” he laughed. “T-shirt, shorts and sandals.” Krueger is a bundle of energy, always in motion, and his works display that restless spirit.
Friday, September 11, 2015

Kris Ellis Ritter – An Artist at Play

Art Al Parker Growing up she was anything but the “art kid” in school. “I had my first discouragement in kindergarten when my teacher leaned over the corner of a table yelling ‘No, no, no, Kristine. Don’t do it like that. Do it like her!’” she recalled. “I put my crushed sense of self away and did the picture like the other girl.
Friday, September 11, 2015

Northern Michigan Heads South to ArtPrize

Art Jacob Wheeler Ann Loveless returns to Grand Rapids ArtPrize this month, two years after she won the popular vote in the prestigious competition, taking home $200,000 for her 20-foot-long, four-panel quilted rendition of a Sleeping Bear Dunes sunset. This time, Loveless and husband Steve have made a joint submission that merges her quilting and his photography.
Friday, September 4, 2015

2015 Fall Color Tour

Art Kristi Kates Cool, liquid shades of blue and earthy browns were fashion hallmarks of spring. The former have washed out past the horizon now that autumn is on the way, and those earth tones have returned with a more subtle, faded look, adding tints of green and gold.
Friday, August 28, 2015

The Heart and Soul of Elizabeth Paxson

Art Al Parker “My parents were both artists who met at the Art Institute of Chicago, where my dad won a fellowship to travel Europe in 1937,” said Paxson. “My mother was a ballerina. She toured with the San Carlo Opera Ballet by train all over the U.S. and Canada during the depression – gave it up to marry my dad, but she was also a talented artist.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Josh Skeel: Super Illustrator

Art Kristi Kates “And, of course, I was hooked on any kind of superhero cartoon, like Masters of the Universe or the Superfriends,” he said. “I remember the first time my dad brought me a handful of comics on his way back from work. I looked through them until the covers came off, even though I was too young to read them yet.
Friday, July 31, 2015

A Versatile Artist Finds Success

Art Al Parker “In fifth grade, a nun told me I would never be an artist because my handwriting was so bad,” recalled Guntzviller, who now paints, sculpts and draws in her spacious Antrim County studio. “I reacted by getting angry, withdrawing and making more art. I put myself through college, earning a fine arts degree at Wayne State by working nights.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Chalk and Chocolate Expands to TC

Art Kristi Kates “It’s a gorgeous and perfect spot,” Mc- Surely said. “Large international street art festivals are often several day affairs,” she continued. “At our fest, many of the artists will be working most of the day on their piece, with spectators able to hang out, view and talk to the artists.