Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer Art Camp, June 22nd thru 26th!

I enjoyed being surrounded by creative, imaginative collage artists at Lansing Art Gallery last week!  We explored paper collage, being inspired by a selection of 20th century artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Agnes Martin, Bettye Saar, Morris Louis, Louise Nevelson and more.  I am always surprised and delighted by how many ways young artists interpret visual concepts and ideas.  Many thanks to Lansing Art Gallery for being gracious and to Absolute Gallery of Old Town for donating all of the mat board for camp!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Yarn Bombing a Lansing Tree on June 24th!

Join me tomorrow, noon-1:00PM, June 24th, for yarn bombing fun! We will tag a tree in front of Kositchek's and by Lansing Art Gallery and the YMCA) with yarn, knitting and sweater scraps! WOW--try your hand at guerilla fiber art in downtown Lansing! Supplies and instruction provided and it's FREE!  Yarn Bombing  
We all had a WHOLE lot of fun today (June 24th) --  check out our tree in front of Kositchek's!!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

City Pulse Article Features Lansing Art Gallery!

Brilliant corners 

Michelai A. Graham   
PUBLICATION: Lansing City Pulse
DATE: June 3, 2015

The streets of downtown Lansing are under attack. Not by muggers or criminals, but by guerilla artists planning artful ambushes and wielding “bombs” of vibrant yarn. It’s all part of the Lansing Art Gallery’s latest endeavor, Project Pop Up.
Project Pop Up was designed to use art to activate unexpected downtown spaces in Lansing and to promote creativity throughout the city. The project is a combination of three concepts: window art galleries, “artful activities” and guerilla knitting/ yarn bombing.

The window art galleries showcase reproductions of artwork by Michigan artists, and they are temporarily up for display in the windows of the downtown YMCA, the Knapp’s Centre and Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.
Every Wednesday at noon from June 17 through Aug. 12, Michigan artists will host “artful activities” at the Lansing Art Gallery that range from scavenger hunts to 3D chalk art.

Yarn bombing, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn in public spaces. Some featured guerrilla knitting/ yarn bombing artists include Tedda Hughes, Cortney Mclean, Jane Reiter and Connie Henslee. From May 30 through Aug. 30, you can sign up to yarn bomb a tree in downtown Lansing.
“The yarn bombing has gotten some real good attention,” said Barb Whitney, executive director of the Lansing Art Gallery. Whitney has been the driving force behind the organization of Project Pop Up.

“This particular project, Project Pop Up, was a grant application written for the City of Lansing’s Sense of Place in the Arts Program,” Whitney said. “That is a grant program supported by the city and partners to promote community downtown.”
The purpose of the City of Lansing Sense of Place in the Arts Program is to create community-driven placemaking projects that capitalize onLansing’s assets, inspiration and potential, contributing to a “sense of place” for residents, businesses and visitors.
Whitney’s goal in this particular project is to promote and showcase creativity and to increase collaboration with partners throughout downtown. All of the activities featured during Project Pop Up, running now through August, will be free and accessible to the public.
“Project Pop Up specifically was generated because, as you may have seen, popups are literally popping up all over the country,” Whitney said. “Whether they are pop up food trucks or pop up art galleries, it’s an interesting concept that is fresh, inviting and temporary.”

The project is an attempt to inject art into Lansing’s downtown, especially for people who may not frequently visit the area’s art galleries.
“There’s some additional opportunities throughout the summer for downtown residents, businesses and visitors to experience the art while they are in the downtown setting,” she said.
Visit for a complete schedule of activities.
Lansing Art Gallery 119 N. Washington Sq. Lansing (517) 374-6400

Friday Fun on June 19, 2015!

The Michigan State University Surplus Store MSU is hosting paper flower making demonstrations!  Sounds like loads of recycling fun!

There are four different 30-minute paper flower sessions on Friday: 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. 
There will also be pre-made kits available for purchase for $15.

The Most Fabulous Art

Check it out!  Susanna Bauer

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Basket Project Idea!

This is a fun way to make a basket--with our without handles...Coil Basket

Friday, June 5, 2015

LOVE This Lampshade!

Thank you to Lise for a great idea on recycling doilies and lacy "stuff"!  Make your Own Lampshade

Thursday, June 4, 2015

What A Fabulous Idea!

I wish I had thought of this!  What a great way to create your own book or scroll--what is your visual theme of choice?
Punk Projects

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Beautiful Day!

It is a gorgeous sunny day and I found some fabulous irises in Williamston to enjoy...

Monday, June 1, 2015

Pop Up Art on Washington Avenue!

I am proud to be part of the Pop Up Project, sponsored by the Lansing Art Gallery ( to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary this year.  Check out some of the windows along Washington and you will see ART June-August!  There are numerous artists represented and my window art is at the Foster Swift Collins & Smith office.  Art also appears in the windows at the Knapp's Center building (300 Washington) and the YMCA (119 Washington).  Have fun enjoying the visual stimulation all summer!