March 14, 2008

Gallery Listed as a "Pure Michigan Experience"

Cycling Salamander was recently written up as a "Pure Michigan Experience" on the Michigan Travel Website. Thank you, Bill, for your wonderful write up.

"The vibrant country air, the scent of fresh flowers. Afternoon breezes blowing in the long grasses. Such are the stimuli when disembarking, after a long drive. at the Cycling Salamander just south of Charlevoix. Before entering the gallery itself, one stops by a lovely fish pond guarded by a semi-nude bronze of exquisite proportions. More of the wonderful work of William Tye lie inside. The interior of the gallery is rustic with creaky hardwood floors, a lofty roof with exposed rafters, old-world-charm windows. It is jam packed with wonderful exhibits by several Michigan artists - vibrant watercolours, whimsical pastels, sculptures. Some are of universal design, others portrait the life and culture of the state. The back yard has a quarter mile walkway past a swamp full of cattails and noisy birds then through raspberry patches and a hardwood lot. Tastefully located at various points are more sculptures, making the whole exercise even more relaxing and interesting. To promote local artists, Rebecca Glotfelty, the proprietor, holds open houses every so often and invites an artist to attend. My next trip to Northern Michigan will coincide with one of these shows. If the artwork I have seen at the gallery is intriguing, then meeting the artist should be a treat. A visit to the gallery is a lovely relaxing break. The only thing missing from the ambiance is a fine bakery!"

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