Is There Still a Place for Young Artists in Old Town?

By Kaelin Roberts
Old Town Staff Writer

Old Town has an expanding art scene supported by local artists in the area.  

“Old Town has one of the largest concentrations of artists (galleries, boutiques, design studios, video productions…etc) in this area,” said Louise Gradwohl, an intern at the Old Town Commercial Association. Gradwohl said the art scene in Old Town is thriving because of the numerous artists.  They have many events where young artists have opportunities to get involved. “We have Scrapfest in the summer. Teams form and have the opportunity to create anything out of scrap metal they find in Friedland’s scrap yard,” said Gradwohl.  “It’s a great opportunity for artists, welders, family and friends to come together and create an amazing sculpture that is then auctioned off at Festival of the Sun.”

Gradwohl said the artists get a portion of the auction price and have great exposure to community members who might be interested in more of their artwork.

Michigan Historic Preservation Network Looks to Make Dilapidation Renovation

By: Jack Crawley
Old Town Times staff writer


The Michigan Historic Preservation Network recently put in a bid to purchase and renovate the long-vacant Thelma Joyce Osteen Comfort Station, located at 313 E. Grand River Ave. in Old Town. The MHPN plans to use the second floor of the two-story building as its new headquarters, while leasing out the first floor for retail. The purchase price of the building is currently set at $60,000 and will be be voted upon in the coming weeks. MHPN Executive Director Nancy Finegood said that the Michigan Historic Tax Credit program will provide a tax credit and the organization will also receive a small facade grant from the City of Lansing.