By Jessie Martens
Entirely East Lansing
EAST LANSING – The East Lansing Public Art Gallery is featuring local graphic designer and illustrator Jonathan Griffith for October. The gallery will feature his original illustrative and graphic work entitled, “Life, the Universe & Everything.”
At the event on Oct. 4, Griffith played his guitar and sang an original song about the opening of his gallery. He then said that art is a path that you should take if you are determined to work for it.
Griffith, 32, said one of the most rewarding things about being an artist is, “when you work on something and you finish it and don’t recognize it as something you’ve created.”
Gallery Director Yvette Robinson said the gallery has featured a different artist every month since the grand opening in 2004.
“We have incredible artists right here in the community, and this gallery was created specifically for them,” Robinson said.
The artists spend one year prior to their opening preparing for the event.
Griffith said he moved to East Lansing in 2003 where he got his associate’s degree in graphic design from Lansing Community College, but he has been drawing since his mother taught him to draw realistic stick-figures when he was a kid.
“Jon (Griffith) learned new techniques and pushed himself for the gallery opening,” Samuel Wisniewski, a friend of the artist, said. “Like how he learned and refined his digital work in the last six months to illustrate the visions he had for the opening.”
Griffith challenged himself, according to Wisniewski, to showcase some of his best work for the Lansing community.
Griffith’s work will be on display through Oct. 28. The gallery is on the second floor of the Hannah Community Center.
Monday to Friday: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 6 p.m.