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Thursday, July 7, 2005

Tatum Studios

Art Kristi Kates Cali Tatum and Dave Stuursma were quite familiar with the Lake Orion
area -- they‘d spent plenty of time establishing a gallery there in
the northern suburbs of Detroit.  But Northern Michigan was calling, so
the business partners decided to come Up North to see what Petoskey had
to offer.  “Lots of things!“ was the answer, as Tatum Studios co-owner
Stuursma enthuses: “We found that there were not only several open
buildings, but the town was also completely welcoming to art and new
galleries.  It was an easy choice to come up here.“
  Located at 445 East Mitchell Street in Petoskey‘s new “uptown art
district,“ Tatum Studios began with a focus on furniture. They‘re
branching out into other artworks as they discover new artists and
items they‘d like to showcase. 
 
Thursday, June 30, 2005

The hunt for Bearable Art

Art Visitors to Northern Michigan can expect to find plenty of black bears on the prowl this summer, thanks to the sponsors of the Hunt for Bearable Art.
A fundraiser for the American Red Cross, the “hunt” has enlisted some of Michigan’s most talented artists, who have added a splash of whimsy to more than 45 lifesize bear sculptures on display throughout the region. The bears have been sponsored by businesses, community groups or private donors.
From Central Lake to Cheboygan, it’s possible to track the bears using color brochures available at local chambers of commerce. You can even get to know the bears by name, including Aurora Beary Alice; Shakesbear; Bear Boating and Rock Bottom, to name a few.
On the evening of August 13, the bears will gather for an auction under the stars at Bay Harbor. Honorary chairs Doug and Melanie Johnson have an evening of food, fun and competition planned for the culmination of the bear hunt. All proceeds from the auction will benefit local services of the American Red Cross.
The Northern Lower Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross provides services to Charlevoix, Emmet, Antrim and Cheboygan counties. Contact the Red Cross for more info or for tickets to the Art Auction by calling 231-348-7666; on the web at
www.arcnlm.org, or visit their office at 2350 Mitchell Park Drive, Petoskey.
 
Thursday, June 23, 2005

Gallery 31 aims for big city quality and small town atmosphere

Art Danielle Horvath S
isters Holly Nelson, 25, and Erin Fisher, 27, grew up in their parents’ Platte River Printing business, so when it came time to look for a place to showcase local artists, they once again turned to their roots. Along with Erin’s husband, Todd Fisher, 27, they remodeled the front of the family business near Honor to make way for a new art gallery and named it for its location on US 31.
Benzie County’s newest art destination, Gallery 31, opened on May 6 to rave reviews. Holly has gallery experience from her work from the past four summers at Les Sirenes Galerie D’Art in Frankfort, which features nationally-known batik artist Terri Haugen, among others.
 
Thursday, June 16, 2005

Petoskey‘s triple play weekend...with Art Walk, Concours Festival & Chick Corea

Art Rick Coates In baseball the greatest double play combination ever was “Tinkers” to “Evers” to “Chance,” and on occasion the Chicago Cubs trio would pull off the triple play. Well this weekend the Petoskey region plans to field their own triple play: “Galleries” to “Concours” to “Corea.”
It all starts on Thursday, June 16 with the Annual Petoskey Gallery Walk, and then the ball is tossed over the Bay Harbor Concours Festival on Friday and Saturday with a quick relay Saturday night to Bay View for jazz legend Chick Corea for what should make a great “triple play” weekend.
 
Thursday, June 9, 2005

Art‘s New Frontier... Evans Forney Fine Art seeks to elevate Northern Michigan‘s status as an art destination

Art Susan Spear “Mosey on in” to the Evans Forney Fine Art gallery in downtown Traverse City to enjoy an open range of subject matter… from landscape to figurative paintings and photographs, sculptural furniture to pastoral carvings and traditional fine art. 
The fabulous newly-renovated space at 154 E. Front Street is filled with tooled leather paintings, pedestals of Native American style carved pottery and huge breathtaking photographs of pueblo doorways and red rock canyons, all of which speak of the gallery’s owners, John Evans’ and Lance Forney’s, love and respect of the West. 
  But no spurs and chaps  are necessary! This former Southwestern duo has roped in some regional and local artists.
 
Thursday, June 2, 2005

Sculpture garden hooks visitors at The Twisted Fish

Art Carrie Bourdages It’s a fine art gallery; it’s a full-service florist. It’s a sculpture garden; it’s a place to see artists work. And if dreams come true, it may one day be even more all-inclusive for art appreciation – from artists in residence to Sunday garden gazebo musicians.
The Twisted Fish is as unique as its name, inspired by the whimsical sculpture that bedecks the center of its gardens.
 
Thursday, May 26, 2005

The Arts... A Gathering... The art is all homegrown at the Northern Michigan Artists Market

Art Kristi Kates Such a scenic place as Northern Michigan is bound to have plenty of galleries of artwork from those trying to capture the beauty of the area. And such is also true of Petoskey, Michigan. A quick browse of the telephone book boasts almost 20 fine art galleries in Petoskey alone, not even including such surrounding art-friendly areas as Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor, and Charlevoix. But many of these are one-person galleries, great for showcasing a certain artist’s work, but not very conducive when it comes to showcasing the variety of artwork created about and available in this region. That’s where the Northern Michigan Artists Market comes in.
 
Thursday, May 5, 2005

Art with a Mission From Women‘s Hands features 100 = artists this weekend

Art If you’re looking for the perfect Mother’s Day weekend event, consider
“From Women’s Hands,” a celebration of life, art and the power of women
working together. MoreII than 100 female visual artists, authors,
culinary professionals, musicians and film makers will show and sell
their works at the juried exhibition that kicks off Friday, May 6 from
6-10 p.m. at the Hagerty Center in Traverse City.
Last year, a crowd of over 900 turned out for the opening of the third
annual event, and organizers are hoping for a similar outpouring this
time around. Last year’s event translated into $50,000 worth of art
sales during the show, generating a gift of nearly $15,000 to the
Women’s Cancer Fund at Munson Medical Center.
 
Thursday, April 28, 2005

An Artfull Walk TC galleries bring out their best for April 29 walking tour

Art Susan Spear Just in time for the onset of the 2005 summer season, the first annual Downtown Art Walk is ready for its debut on Friday, April 29 from 5-9 p.m. A total of 21 participating stores will welcome visitors to peruse their art exhibitions and enjoy hors d’oeurves and local wines before continuing to amble through the city’s exhibits clustered along Front Street.
After enjoying each presentation, patrons will receive a stamp and an opportunity to win a $500 Downtown Shopping Spree. Walking maps will be available at each participating gallery and the Downtown Traverse City Association (DTCA) office.
Colleen Paveglio, marketing director for the DTCA and a committee of members of several downtown galleries, initiated the idea for an art walk based on the number of galleries moving downtown and the number of people passionate about local art.
A standout for her presentation this first year is Marcia Bellinger, owner of the riverside Belstone Gallery. A popular mainstay on Front Street, carrying both local and national artists, Marcia has cleared her gallery and is hosting a special reception timed to correlate with the opening of the Art Walk.
 
Thursday, March 10, 2005

Go Fish: New Studio Recycles a Warehouse for Live/Work Concept

Art Amy Yee Fish Studios, the newest concept for live/work spaces in Traverse City, is making a bit of a splash. Nestled between two railroad tracks just south of Old Town on Boardman Lake, this remodeled loft-style warehouse is now home to four creative businesses -- Priceless Photography, Sound/Design, Glenn Wolff Studio, and my own Amy Yee Design.
Located at 230 E. 14th Street, the studios were developed for artists and creative people. Using alternative materials such as corrugated metal, raw concrete flooring, rough stone countertops, translucent bathroom ceilings, and storefront window walls, the refurbished look fits in with the historic logger-railroad area. Spinning off the Soho art district in New York City, the new inhabitants have dubbed Fish Studios “the little Coho district.”
Breaking new ground with the vision of a live/work studio, architect Ken Richmond was ecstatic to find support from the city planning board which favored the idea of mixed-use cohabitation.
Zoned by the city especially for this type of use, the benefits of reusing an existing building along with environmental-friendly planning made good sense to city officials. The parking lot, made of green pervious material, allows storm water to filter back to the soil instead of stagnating. The studio use also curtails traffic and gasoline consumption, and helps build a collaborative community. Given the historic appeal of the renovated building and its central location, the tenants are excited to be part of the project.
To celebrate the building’s completion and opening to the public, Fish Studios will host an Open House on Saturday, March 12 from 4-8 p.m. for a bite of hors d’ouvres, a splash of drinks, and a four-studio tour.
 
Thursday, March 10, 2005

Radio Redux: Sound of the 40‘s Lights up The Trillium

Art It‘s World War II and Big Band music is all the rage on the airwaves. Do you have any clue as to where you are?
Possibly at the Trillium Restaurant at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, which is hosting “The 1940’s Radio Hour,” a dinner theater musical set in a small New York City radio station way back when.
The show is the first production of the new theatre company, Theatre North TC. Co-founded by Mike Kelly, who serves as director of the show, and by WTCM’s John Dew, who is acting in the production, this is Theatre North TC’s first production.
The show centers around a group of nine performers and their attempts to make it to the “big time” during the backdrop of World War II. Diners become part of the show as they take on the role of a 1940’s radio station audience.
 
Thursday, February 17, 2005

From Pencil to Pixel: Jordan River Art Center Exhibit Shows a Book‘s Progress

Art How does an illustrator/author put a book together? The answer is revealed in “From Pencil to Pixel,” a new exhibit at the Jordan River Art Center in East Jordan.
The exhibit presents original illustrations and their accompanying books from several Michigan authors and illustrators. Animation techniques, the development of illustrations for a story, and the technique of multiple drawings and story boards are also detailed.
 
Thursday, January 27, 2005

New Location for Art & Soul Gallery

Art Susan Spear In an adventurous step forward, Art & Soul Gallery has reinvented itself in the Front Street Commons, among nearby bustling businesses, an array of restaurants and popular gift shops.
Owners Amy and Steve Stinson have purposely taken on the “A” location in Traverse City’s shopping corridor (also known as the Arcade) to become a “destination” on downtown Front Street.
“We offer one-of-a-kind art and handmade objects for office, home and body,” Amy says. “It’s no secret that I love jewelry and baubles, but our overall art collection lets you experience the sensibility of this area and beyond. We are very excited about being a part of downtown.”
Honoring the lofting gallery movement of the 1970s, the Stinsons have created an urban atmosphere where paintings, pastels, illustrations, sculpture, glass, fiber and pottery are the center of attention. With a great deal of old fashion hard work, friends and family uncovered the ceiling ductwork and the post-and-beam structure.
The Stinsons brightened the brick interior with fresh paint, carpet and new lighting - reflecting their upbeat personalities. Amy frowns facetiously at gallery manager Pam Dow and states, “Pickaxes aside, our mission now is to put art into everyday life, because art feeds the spirit.”
Tantalizing their patrons with metaphors of fantasy and pastel-hued landscapes, the collaborative management duo has chosen artists by mingling local “high art” with shimmering highfalutin’ glitter.
Undaunted by convention, Stinson and Dow, in an added breach of decorum, have also included more naïve art. Naive, self-taught artists and their playful works tend to challenge the more accepted “academicisms” with their simplistic approach.
 
Thursday, December 2, 2004

A Touch of Christmas Past

Art A spectacular old-fashioned Christmas as seen through the eyes of contemp-orary artisans, florists and interior designers is in store for those who visit the Wellington Inn in Traverse City this weekend.
Located at the corner of Wellington and Washington streets, the Inn is hosting the Second Annual Inn at Christmastime tour, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Toys for Tots. Following a tour of the lavishly decorated rooms throughout the four-story mansion, visitors will enjoy complementary refreshments in the third floor ballroom.
 
Thursday, November 4, 2004

Art, Wine, Chocolate & Cheese

Art Some 36 artists will gather at Black Star Farms Winery in Suttons Bay this weekend to kick off the holiday season with a celebration of Michigan arts and crafts.
The event is a benefit for the Congregation Ahavat Shalom of Traverse City, which is also currently involved in celebrating the 350th year of Judaism in the New World. On Saturday, Nov. 6 from 5-9 p.m., a gala reception for the artists will include Black Star wines and treats by Malka Catering. Advance tickets at $18 are available by calling the congregation at 231-929-4330.
The show and sale is open to the public on Sunday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring sculpture, paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, weaving and basketry from Michigan artists.
 
 
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