Tuesday, January 8, 2008

27th Annual Juried Photo Exhibit

Crooked Tree Arts Council
Petoskey, MI
January 12 - March 1, 2008

Petite Portal Point

Opening this January 12th is the 27th Annual Juried Photo Exhibit at Crooked Tree Arts Council in Petoskey, Michigan. I’ve shamelessly inserted the above photograph, which I took while on a paddling vacation to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore last summer. Fortunately the photo was accepted into the exhibit and I’m greatly flattered. The opening is on January 12th, from 2 to 4 pm, and the show runs through March 1. I enthusiastically encourage everyone to take it in; there are some truly beautiful works this year. And this show has motivated me to go forward and develop a photography website to get my work out there, so look for further development of this website here in the near future.

But my real reason for posting this (honest!) is to trumpet another virtue of the town of Petoskey, Michigan. With a relatively meager population of under 10,000, and removed from the perceived cultural refinement of the Southeast Michigan area, Petoskey does remarkably well representing the arts. Within the city there are no less than six fine arts galleries, and in the adjacent locales of Bay Harbor and Harbor Springs, the number increases to eleven. This, in addition to the numerous stage acting and musical performance organizations in the area. The Crooked Tree Arts Council (link on right) could probably tout their virtues better than I, but they serve as the anchor for the arts pursuits in the region, serving the public out of a beautifully restored an important historical fixture in the heart of downtown. It’s own facilities include two galleries, a performance stage, studios, workshops and administrative offices. Crooked Tree holds some wonderful events, providing funding for the center and a venue for local individuals and organizations to perform and shine. Some of my past favorites have been performances by the Civic Theater, some great films, the annual “D’Art for Art” event in July, and the juried photography exhibit. Some features I’d like to catch down the road are cooking workshops, the “Day Away” trip – a visitation of regional galleries like the Art Institute of Chicago; and almost any of the featured concerts, plays, and art displays.

It’s just another of the many reasons I love living in the Petoskey area.


Anonymous said...

Tim: Nice photo. Just a note however that this point locally goes by a couple of names: Petite Portal or Lovers Leap. I prefer the former. Grand Portal is farther east along the coast. These arch features are - in geologic time - not long for this world. Grand Portal arch continues to collapse and Petite Portal is just a smaller cousin. It too will one day collapse into the lake. Glad you captured this scene and had it accepted to the show. Gregg Bruff - Chief of Heritage Education - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

tim said...

Doh! Thanks Gregg, I realized the misnomer after my submittal, and found another photo of Grand Portal with the recent fallen stone filling it. Very cool paddling through it because it's so vast, but also a bit intimidating after seeing how quickly it can collapse.

Thanks for your input; pictured rocks is one of my favorite places to visit.

kayakinbiker said...

I second that about the area! Not only is this a great area to paddle in, but it's also a great motorcycle riding destination! The Tunnel of Trees and the Pierce Stocking Scenic drive in Sleeping Bear dunes area are a must- see ride destination!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on making "Photo of the Week" on paddling.net!


Anonymous said...

Hey Tim......

Great photos and even better narrative. My favorite is the quiet photo of the trees in the snow. Good soulful stuff.

Keep it up!