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(Photo courtesy of Morgan Butts/Michigan State University)
An array of Michigan artisans and their works of art — including jewelry, stationery, ceramics, clothing, paintings and home décor — will be featured at this weekend's Makers Market event at the Broad Art Lab, 565 E. Grand River Ave.
The two-day event takes place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, across the street from the MSU Broad Museum. Food and beverages from local businesses and vendors will be available.
Broad communications director Morgan Butts spoke about the goal of the event, now the Art Lab’s second.
“It really stemmed from a desire for us to be able to use the art lab as a platform to support local artists,” Butts said. “Michigan has such an incredible community of makers, and we really wanted to be a part of that community supporting makers on the ground level.”
The inaugural Makers Market in April was well attended and well received, according to Butts, who said many of the vendors will be returning to this weekend’s event.
Local and regional artists include: Daniel J. Hogan, Courtney Fischer jewelry, Flock Home, Sloe Gin Fizz, Marissa Thaler, Anne Falardeau, Emily Zann Fibers, ERI VK and Reseed Ceramics. Food and beverage will also be provided by Sanctuary Pizza, Jenny’s Sweets & Treats, Blue Owl Coffee, and Campbell’s Market Basket.
The event is also a chance for attendees and makers to familiarize themselves with the many possibilities that the Art Lab can provide in the world of creativity. The space, which opened in June 2018, regularly hosts open mic nights, workshops, exhibitions, discussions, and more.
“Art Lab is really our opportunity to be able to bring everything we care about at the MSU Broad to a hyperlocal level,” Butts said. “We’ve been looking for opportunities to collaborate with our local community to make art very accessible to all audiences, and to provide a space for people to really engage in the process of artmaking, and Art Lab allows us to do all those things.”
East Lansing-based painter Erin vonKronenberger (Eri VK), began taking her artwork seriously when she landed her first job out of school, and needed to create art at home as an outlet.
“I create abstract, colorful paintings, and illustrations that convey feelings and thoughts in a way that are open-ended,” she said. “I like thinking of art as a conversation.”
East Lansing artist Anne Farladeau studied painting, drawing, and dance at the University of Michigan. She will display her functional pottery, an art form she became interested in while she was living in Seattle.
“I am excited to be able to participate ... and look forward to seeing the work of other local makers as well,” Farladeau said. “The Broad Art Lab continues to use their space to create wonderful opportunities for the East Lansing and surrounding communities to be involved in, and explore the arts.”
It’s a community that Butts is proud to have the Broad and Art Lab be a part of.
“We are so incredibly grateful to be situated in East Lansing; it’s such an exciting, vibrant community,” Butts said. “The City of East Lansing is so clearly hungry for art and creativity. What we try to do is listen to what East Lansing wants, and respond to that with programming that we hope people are interested and engaged in.”
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