Creative Soul

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by Dawn Gorman Your guide to creative happening in metro Lansing There was a time I didn’t #lovelansing. Through most of the 80s I constantly wondered what I was doing here. I arrived on the heels of friends and left twice, only to return. What keeps me here? All of the creative, talented and amazing people in the area who are doing cool things to make Lansing an artistic and diverse community. Lansing is full of creatives, and art experiences can be found anywhere throughout the year. For me, when the snow is blowing and temps are low, I need a reason to get out of the house or I’ll ride the couch with Netflix and a warm blanket all winter long. Luckily, the Lansing arts scene and the creative community are there to cajole us out into the cold and keep us from becoming winter recluses. As we roll into 2016 there are more interesting artsy opportunities in January and February than I can list, so I’m presenting you with a select few and suggesting you try to find things that make your creative soul sing. Art and ecology Jane Kramer’s photo project, “Foreshadowing-Endangered and Threatened Plant Series,” is an exhibit about sustainability and the environment. Jane photographed shadows of Michigan endangered plants and transferred the images onto paper she made from the pulp of invasive plant species. Check it out at the Lansing Art Gallery from Jan. 8 to Feb. 25. To learn more visit lansingartgallery.org Everyday poetry Nancy DeJoy is a poet and teacher New York who has made Michigan her home. Her poetry installation ÒCounting BackwardsÓ explores everyday experiences and how they merge to create our lives. The installation is at the East Lansing Public Art Gallery from Feb. 7 to March 1. For more information, visit cityofeastlansing.com. Feed your inner artist Many area studios and galleries offer art instruction. Grove Gallery provides a plethora of workshops and classes year round. Visit their website at grovegalleryandstudios.com for a complete listing of offerings, and check out their exhibiting artists while you’re there. Express yourself We all need to tap into our artistic side every now and then, and winter provides a perfect setting for cozying up with creativity. Try your hand at art journaling with Corey Marie’s one-of-a-kind handmade art journals feature her screen-printed illustrations, Papercuts Handmade. Learn all about art journaling and check out Corey’s complete line of creative tools at coreymarie.com. Dear Ollie by Sarah Pulver is stationary that makes you “laugh and feel feelings.” Sarah makes all of her paper products in her home studio. Check out her full line of paper products at dearollie.com. Hopefully these leads will pique your creative curiosity! HereÕs to an artful start to the New Year
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