Printed Letters: May 23, 2014
Artist finds street knitting enhances Art on Corner
On May 9, we met some good friends at 5th and Main to take in the art and music venues, and to have a great dinner downtown.
We walked around and viewed the new installations. The consensus among us was that the knitted additions to the sculptures were a nice touch. I found them to add interesting elements of color and texture, and thought that they were well done.
Now, I can understand getting your panties in a bunch over anything that might physically damage the work. Also, an artist who does not want knitted additions to his or her work should certainly have that wish honored.
But really, does this merit all this righteous indignation? Those subversive, skulking street knitters must be a bad bunch. Personally, I invite you to add as much or as little of your fine knitting to my work on 2nd & Main, as you like. I look forward to seeing more of your excellent renditions.
THAD J. TUIN
Knit on the Corner brings fresh perspective to sculptures
According to what I’ve read over the years, the Knit on the Corner program started in 2010 at the request of the Downtown Development Authority. The DDA approached Allison Blevins and Christine Caspari, owners of Tangle, and asked if they would be interested in knitting some pieces to be on display over a festival weekend.
Knitting, like painting or sculpting, takes time, creativity and effort, but the women agreed to do it. Yes, it was a great way to promote their store, but that doesn’t diminish the amount of work and effort they put into it. In subsequent years, the DDA gave them permission to put up the knitted pieces.
There were a few artists who were offended by the temporarily placed knitted pieces, and they communicated their displeasure to the DDA. The DDA asked Blevins and Caspari to refrain from decorating those particular pieces and the women were careful not to place anything on those sculptures.
I’m disappointed that so many people are disparaging the owners of Tangle, who were simply creating fun, whimsical and temporary art that made many people smile. To compare their efforts to someone using a marker on the Mona Lisa is neither accurate nor civil.
I, for one, am grateful for the time and effort of Blevins, Caspari and the other knitters who contributed. The work embodies what I love about Grand Junction – great energy, enthusiasm and a sense of fun. The colorful, temporary embellishments caused me to take a fresh, appreciative look at the permanent sculptures that would otherwise become merely part of the landscape.
Local team invites others to learn about ovarian cancer
Thank you for the article titled “Local team races against cancer,” about my sister Susan Messenger that was printed on Tuesday. I wanted to correct a few things.
Our Team Messenger consists of supporters and family not only from Grand Junction, but also from Montrose and Denver. Susan’s husband Tom leads our team. In the past three years, our small team has raised over $19,000.00 for the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance. We honor my sister’s wish that other women should not have to suffer this disease as she did.
Jodi’s Race will be held on June 7 at the Denver City Park. All are welcome to join us by going to jodisrace.com. Under the “Team” heading, find “Team Messenger.” At this time, our team is in 3rd place. You can sign up to walk or run with us and/or donate to our team.
Above all, you can help us get the word out about ovarian cancer signs and symptoms by visiting the COCA website.
Veteran professes appreciation for VA hospital employees
The current charges against the Veterans Administration Hospital prompted this letter. I am a veteran of World War II, Korea, the Cold War and the Vietnam War. I am 70% disabled and have been treated at the Grand Junction VA Hospital for the past eleven years.
I have received excellent and timely outpatient treatment. My concern is that the devoted and conscientious employees at the hospital may be depressed by the current charges. I want to assure them that I appreciate their efforts. I sincerely hope that they can overcome any current loss of morale.