Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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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.
Friday, July 17, 2015

The Artistic Pursuits of a Late Bloomer

Art Al Parker After awhile, Nemecek put aside acrylics and oils in favor of pastels and watercolors. She even developed her own watercolor technique that she calls her “squiggles approach,” seen in many of her recent works. Utilizing her background with leaded glass, Nemecek adapted that technique to several of her eye-catching watercolor works.