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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Monday, May 25, 2015

The Inspiration of Color

Art Al Parker “I love it here,” she says. “Northern Michigan has some magnificent scenery. In recent years, however, some scenes have changed dramatically. For example, one painting I did of a field filled with bales of hay is now a subdivision. That taught me to paint rapidly.
Monday, May 25, 2015

Welcome to Dinner at the Glenwood

Dining Al Parker “One of our customers, now in her 90s, worked here as a busser when she was 14,” said Ervin. “Preserving history is important to us and we’ve tried to keep the building as it was back in the early days. The historic charm of the restaurant, along with the great food and service, really make The Glenwood special.
Monday, May 18, 2015

A Love Affair With Clay

Art Al Parker Schyler Binkley took drawing classes and dabbled in ceramics as a high school student growing up in Niles, Michigan, but it wasn’t until he attended Western Michigan University and learned the intricacies of wood-firing his art works that he focused on pottery.
Monday, May 18, 2015

Welcome to the Lunch Box

Dining Al Parker “There were three reasons,” Julie recalled with a smile. “First, it was the era of the Atkins Diet and you couldn’t give a donut away. And I got tired of getting up in the middle of the night to get the pastries ready for the morning crowd. Finally, I topped 268 pounds.
Monday, April 20, 2015

The Fabric of the North

Art Al Parker Charlevoix area resident Kathie Briggs creates eyecatching landscapes and nature scenes, which is common for a northern Michigan artist. What’s more uncommon is that, instead of using oils, pastels or watercolors, Briggs’ medium is fabric and thread..
Monday, April 13, 2015

“I’m all over the place”

Art Al Parker Sarah Abend’s entire life is intertwined with art and the creative process. As the art teacher at Benzie Central High School, her task is to ignite creativity in her students and educate them on particular artistic techniques.
Monday, March 23, 2015

“Born With Crayons in My Hand”

Art Al Parker In 2000, Burbee retired after many years of teaching art to elementary and middle school students in Minnesota and Illinois. After working in a fine art gallery in the Chicago area, she moved to the Old Mission Peninsula in 2008 and diligently began working on her own art full time.
Monday, February 23, 2015

Fit to Print

Art Al Parker Krell and her husband Steve Toornman are an award-winning artistic team that creates in their studio near Charlevoix. While she’s worked with several media in the past, Krell has focused on printmaking of late. “I was working in color pencils at the time and my hands simply gave out,” she recalls.
Monday, February 16, 2015

Inspired From Birth

Art Al Parker Amy Ferguson is a unique individual — artistic right from the cradle. “I’ve been creating art since I was a young child, so I can’t exactly remember how I first got started,” says the 21-yearold. “I know I was drawing from observation as early as five years old.
Monday, February 2, 2015

One Of Our ‘Next’ Artists Emerges

Art Al Parker Gleason, the youngest of John and Laura Gleason’s four children, gained notoriety last year when her 2014 National Cherry Festival poster took fi rst place in the Student Graphic Arts category. The colorful image was subsequently printed on hundreds of souvenir mugs and caps.
Monday, January 12, 2015

Enduring Cancer With Art

Art Al Parker Perhaps DeShano’s focus on redeeming what seems lost is born from the fact that he has been battling cancer off and on for more than a decade. He understands that items — and people — that have been battered and stressed often possess a certain elegance.
Monday, December 22, 2014

The Write Stuff

Art Al Parker In her Petoskey home studio, Janet Hoffman clips phrases from the pages of her own handwritten journals. These intimate glimpses into her thoughts, questions and dreams are the medium for her intricately detailed works. Her clean cursive handwriting is uniform and legible, giving her eye-catching creations a uniform, rhythmic quality.
Monday, November 24, 2014

A Lifetime’s Work

Art Al Parker Every day, in 20- or 30-minute sessions, Gretzinger expands Jerry’s Map, as the project has become known on the Internet. Jerry’s Map has even been showcased in a documentary available on Vimeo. He’s added farmlands, airports, capitol buildings, cemeteries and more, diligently constructing an entire civilization.
Sunday, November 2, 2014

From Autos to Art

Art Al Parker During her 30 years as an assembly line worker at the Ford Motor Company plant in Wixom, Mich., Margie Guyot took on every task except spray painting and welding.
Monday, October 27, 2014

Taking the Wheel

Art Al Parker After graduation, Bechler landed a job teaching art in Onsted, Michigan before moving to Benzie County in 2000, where he now teaches art at Benzie Central Middle School. During his non-teaching hours, Bechler and his wife Stacey team up to create colorful, creative clay pieces.