Lansing native Craig Mitchell Smith brings business back home

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By Erik Sargent

Old Town Lansing Times staff writer

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Craig Mitchell Smith Glass art gallery – Photo by Erik Sargent

Old Town – The world of glass might not seem like much to the average person, but to Craig Mitchell Smith, glass means everything.Smith, a fourth-generation Lansing native, makes his living working with glass and displaying his art around the country.

“I’m a sculptor working in glass,” Smith said. “I make large-scale sculptures as well as some small-scale pieces with a price range between $15 and $30,000, so I have a broad market base.”

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Craig Mitchell Smith – Photo courtesy of http://www.craigmitchellsmith.com/index.html

For Smith, his love for glass sculpting started in 2006, and he has been working endlessly with it ever since.

A majority of the work Smith does is with traveling shows where he will go around the country to different art galleries displaying his work. Recently, Smith decided to bring the business back to his hometown.

After having displays in the Meridian Mall for the last three and a half years, Smith opened a new art gallery in Old Town this past Sunday.

“This is the center of the arts community,” Smith said. “I wanted to be in the thick of Old Town. I like the spirit and feel of Old Town.”

According to Smith and the Old Town Commercial Association, his work has received national recognition and has been on display at prominent places like Disney, which he says is the highest level it’s been.

The work of Smith has caught the eyes of others like MSU sophomore Lauren Starke, who saw some of his work while it was in the Meridian Mall.

“I thought the glass work was incredible,” Starke said. “I had never seen anything like it, but it definitely caught my eye when I was walking by.”

Having an artist of such a high-caliber is very beneficial to the Old Town area as well, said Old Town Commercial Association Executive Director Louise Gradwohl.

“Having Craig Mitchell Smith come into Old Town means we are doing a great job at attracting quality business owners,” Gradwohl said. “Craig is an established artist and for him to choose to come back home to Lansing means so much to me and our community.”

The gallery in Old Town is open Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m.

Questions? Contact Erik Sargent at sargen20@msu.edu

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