Artwork is ‘popping up’ downtown
By Chloe Gregg
For the past several months, two nonprofit organizations, the Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center and Downtown Lansing Inc., have teamed to “Lift Up” the spirits of Lansing locals during this troubling time.
The organizations have been providing additional access to the arts through free outdoor Pop-up Art Shops.
“Lift Up” is a local movement led by Downtown Lansing Inc. that helps support local restaurants, shops and art. The Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center has four areas of programming with exhibitions, retail gallery, public art programming and an educational center.
During the pandemic, the two groups have been doing a number of online and outdoor activities for arts education.
“The outdoor Pop-up Art Shops, featuring the works of Michigan artists, will have art, fine crafts, and the work of Michigan makers outside in front of the gallery on our sidewalk, pop-up style,” said Barb Whitney, the gallery’s executive director.
“We will have a team available on the sidewalk to support people’s purchases, whether they’re seeking a gift, or looking for a perfect work of art for their home.”
The Pop-up Art Shop is located at 119 N. Washington Square, about two blocks south of the downtown LCC campus. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Sept. 15 to Sept. 19. The artwork sold at the pop-up will range from cards and jewelry to pottery and glass, with four distinct mid-Michigan artists/crafters being featured each day.
One featured artist who will be exhibiting her art on Wednesday, Sept. 16 is Kate Wilcox-Leigh. She is known to make beautiful jewelry such as rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and even coordinated sets.
“I do all hand fabrications,” Wilcox-Leigh said. “I do fiber techniques in metal as well as stone setting, cutting, sawing, forming and forging.
“I am captivated by nature and intrigued by mechanisms. Often both elements can be found together in my work. I use many different materials in my jewelry, including sterling and fine silver, gold, iron and other metals and materials.”
Besides art being sold at the Pop-up Art Shops, there will also be free educational art activities for kids and adults alike.
“We’ll have materials there for miniature sock creatures for folks who are interested in making on-site that day,” Whitney said. “We’ll also have sock-creature-making kits for $10 each, with instructions and a link to the video online.”
For more information on the Pop-up Art Shops, student discounts, and the Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center, go to https://lansingartgallery.org/.