'A Local Phenomenon' Art Exhibit Opens

CREATED Oct 4, 2013

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LANSING, MICHIGAN -- Art exhibit “A Local Phenomenon” opens November 15, 2013, at the Corridor Gallery in Riverview Church, Holt. Local artist and teacher, Jane Reiter, presents a series of Zentangle®-inspired drawings and photos of vacant commercial buildings in Lansing. Drawings by both Reiter and members of the local community comprise the exhibit, which contrasts images of vacant, unused buildings in Lansing with joyful, delightful pattern drawings inspired by Zentangle®.

Drawing tangles is gently structured to produce patterns, using black pen on a white surface. Zentangle originated with Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas (www.zentangle.com) who developed the meditative drawing process. Reiter trained with Roberts and Thomas to become a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) in 2012, with a Chris Clark Fellowship from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. She teaches locally and her blog is tanglewrangler.wordpress.com for more information.

Reiter describes the project, “My first goal is to highlight the large number of neglected commercial buildings within Lansing. The amount of empty commercial space is discouraging and unsightly to residents. Using the element of art in surprising places may prompt a second look at these buildings. My second goal is to enlist community members to join in drawing patterns which are beautiful and lively. Art enables the Lansing community to contribute something purposefully, enhancing the local environment. If we can change some viewpoints on utilizing available resources through visual art, that is fantastic.”

Numerous local organizations and businesses hosted community Zentangle drawing events earlier this year: Reach Studio Art Center, Boys & Girls Club of Lansing, Everybody Reads, Impression 5 Museum, SmittenDust Studio, Haven House, Michigan State University Community Music School and the Prime Time Senior program of East Lansing. The drawing paper for these events was graciously donated by Lynne Brown of Williamston.


“A Local Phenomenon” opens on Friday, November 15, 6:00-8:00pm. The public is welcome to attend and the event is free. The exhibition is open for viewing until January 10, 2014.