Our View: Salute for the week of Sept. 30
Eye on the prize
Northern Michigan is well represented again this year at the annual ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.
ArtPrize is an international art competition that features more than a thousand works of art on display throughout downtown Grand Rapids. The city is literally transformed into an art gallery for the 19-day event that draws artists from around the world. Artists in this prestigious show are vying for more than a half million dollars in prizes. A grand prize winner is determined by public vote and is awarded $200,000.
Petoskey native Scott Buckmaster, who now calls Cadillac home, has created another fascinating triptych for this year's ArtPrize. As was his entry last year, Buckmaster's work is not just as it appears. (Hint: take a photograph and see what his artwork reveals.) Buckmaster's work, "The Illumination of Adam," can be seen in Grand Rapids' B.O.B.
Retired Pellston art teacher Paul Varga of Alanson is reaching out to art lovers at ArtPrize with a message of human strength and resiliency evident in his sculpture titled "Grace." This is Varga's fourth year with a bronze sculpture in ArtPrize. "Grace" can be seen at 50 Monroe Ave., in Grand Rapids.
Charlevoix artist Cal Kemppainen's acrylic painting titled "Celebration on the Grand" greets visitors with a splash of color at the Panera Bread restaurant in the Comerica Bank Building, 99 Monroe Ave., Grand Rapids. Kemppainen spent more than 60 hours on the 5-by-8-foot work depicting the Grand River during the Fourth of July fireworks display.
We congratulate all of the artists who are taking part in this grand art show.
What's for dinner?
The Charlevoix Area Humane Society is on to something unique in its ongoing efforts to raise necessary funding.
In-home dinner parties took place around the area Saturday night, all in the name of helping animals. Participants in the Dining 4 Paws event had the option of hosting as fancy or as casual of a dinner party as they wanted. The only requirement was at some point during the evening the host was to solicit donations for the humane society. After the dinner parties, participants gathered at an afterglow party at the Charlevoix Country Club's Shanahan Barn, where dessert was served by local restaurants. Music, dancing and refreshments concluded the fundraising evening as money raised from the dinner parties was counted.
Scott MacKenzie, director of the humane society, came up with the concept of a Dining 4 Paws event while attending similar fundraisers when he and his wife lived in North Carolina.
"It was for different kinds of charities when we would attend, and they were always a lot of fun, and we thought why not bring that fun here," MacKenzie said.
This new concept in fundraising earned the humane society a $4,000 grant from the Petco Foundation at the Michigan Partnership Animal Welfare conference in September.
Dining 4 Paws is a prime example of community collaboration for a common cause.
Top of the hill
Nub's Nob ski resort may not be the size of some of the major resorts such as in Aspen, Colo., but its ski patrol ranks among the nation's most outstanding.
The Nub's Nob Ski Patrol recently earned national accolades from the National Ski Patrol system when it was named "Outstanding Large Ski Patrol." This distinction recognizes Nub's as the most outstanding among hundreds of patrols with larger memberships around the United States.
"This is a significant achievement by this group of dedicated volunteers and we are very proud of their recognition," said Nub's Nob general manager Jim Bartlett.