By KAYLA SMITH
Capital News Service
LANSING — An East Lansing artist prints the shadows of endangered plants on handmade paper crafted from the invasive plants that threaten them. “I had been experimenting with shadows,” Jane Kramer said, explaining the project she calls “Foreshadowing- Endangered and Threatened Plant Species.”
When she was selected as one of four Michigan artists to present their work for the 2014 Art from the Lakes art exchange program in Shiga, Japan, Kramer found an incentive to get serious about her shadow hunting. The others chosen for the Japanese exchange were woodblock print artist Linda Beeman of Owosso, fiber artist Martha Liddle-Lamenti of Owosso and pastels artist Thomas Tomasek of Ovid. In her work, Kramer transfers the shadows of endangered and threatened plants onto paper constructed from invasive plant pulp. Making the paper isn’t an easy task and is especially hard on her blender.
A business whose employees are solely volunteers and whose products come with a low price tag sounds like a recipe for closing down. Clinton County Arts Council, a St. Johns non-profit art gallery that survives primarily on grants, is proof that this business method works. Marta Giesecke, a worker at the art gallery, located at 320 N. Clinton Ave., said that this gallery hires only volunteers. These volunteers are well-educated on the artists of the pieces displayed in the store and can share stories about these artists.
The East Lansing Public Art Gallery will feature the artwork of Williamston native Cindy Evans, entitled “Welcome to the Zoo” on March 3. The exhibit is open to the public during regular hours (6 a.m. – 8 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday and noon – 6 p.m. on Sunday) and is located on the second floor of the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. Admission is free. Yvette Robinson, the East Lansing public art gallery director, said she found Evans’ work among a band of local artists and knew she would be perfect for the East Lansing Public Art Gallery. “Everyone had a booth at a local art expo,” Robinson said.