Outdoor Pop Up Art Shop & Art Activities
Tuesday to Saturday, September 15-19
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day
Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center
119 N. Washington Square, Lansing
TUESDAY, Sept. 16 — The COVID-19 outbreak forced many small business owners to find a way to set up shop outside. For the third time this summer, the Lansing Art Gallery is hosting an Outdoor Pop Up Art Shop featuring art from Michigan creatives. Art, fine crafts and jewelry will be available for purchase on the sidewalk outside the gallery.
The four-day-long event also includes educational art activities that are free for all ages.
“I thought the best way to interact with the community was to bring our art outside,” said Katrina Daniels. “We’ve been religiously watching the government’s executive orders.” In order to keep the event safe, Daniels said that the gallery made room for cleaning sessions throughout the day. Hand sanitizer will also be provided at the event.
The Outdoor Pop Up Shop surpassed expectations for the Lansing Art Gallery. Despite the pandemic, sales are actually up from last year. “They’ve been really successful for us, and the community has responded really well,” said Daniels.
The pop-up shop doubled in size since last month, so returning customers can expect to see an even wider selection of local art.
On each day from Wednesday to Saturday, the pop-up shop will feature a different local jewelry artist. The artists will be in attendance,
Wednesday will showcase Lansing artist Kate Wilcox-Leigh. She works with silver and semi-precious stones. Some of Wilcox-Leigh’s jewelry is made of intricately woven silver. “It’s unique, beautiful and delicate,” said Daniels. “She creates really intricate pieces.”
On Thursday, the pop-up shop will highlight East Lansing jewelry artist and painter Susan Kieffer. Her work incorporates natural, found objects like sea glass and stones.
Jim Davis, a Lansing-based silversmith, takes the spotlight on Friday. He has been working with the Lansing Art Gallery for over thirty years. “He’s a Lansing staple,” said Daniels. “A lot of people collect his jewelry.”
Saturday’s featured artist is newcomer Diane Mater, who first joined up with the Lansing Art Gallery for a holiday show last year. She makes earrings and necklaces inspired by a mid-century modern aesthetic.
“How’s the work, how’s the jewelry, how’s our art industry and our artists? It’s a chance to ask them anything” said Daniels.“This is just going to be a fun way to get a chance to learn about their process.”
For a more hands-on experience, you can participate in an educational art activity. Free of charge, any attendee to the event has the opportunity to create a “Sock Creature.” The activity is set up to ensure that everyone can safely follow COVID-19 hygiene precautions. Daniels said that the completed creatures are “super adorable.”
To take the fun home, Lansing Art Gallery is offering art kits for ten dollars apiece. The kit includes everything you need to make a sock creature of your own.
“This is just going to be a great opportunity for people to come out. If they want to browse, if they want to meet some artists, if they want to make art or if they want to shop and support the gallery,” said Daniels.
She added, “It’s also getting to that time of year where you might start to think about holiday shopping. This would be a great place to start.”