August 12-14, 2011

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Programs & Activities:
Green Arts Marketplace

Expanding for 2011- the popular Green Arts Marketplace. Creators and vendors of products that reuse and recycle. Helping us all tread a little more lightly on our earth.

Artist list - 2011

- Beach Inspried Jewelry Designs, Bob Winter
- Brown Joey Designs, Cori Thackery
- Carla Iansiti, bags from recycled food packaging
- The Clever Crafter, Jennifer Brandt
- The Empty Nest, typewriter jewelry, Lisa Portengo
- Forrest Concepts, Sarah Jo and Butch Cash
- Grounded, Sarah King
- Henry Tschetter Brooms, Henry Tschetter
- Jay Prosch-Jensen, metal artist
- Lazy Gal, recycled fiber art, Martha Bishop
- The Little Craft Closet, Nichole Drysdale
- Marilynda Gallery, Marilyn Peters and Lynda Peters Austin
- nelliBOWLS, Nell Floeter
- Off the Wall Art, Shannon McKeon
- Paul Rutgers, spoon carver
- priorLIFE, recycled banner goods
- Radical Recycks, Tracie Lampe
- Recycled, Wendy Roberts
- ReLoved, Rebecca-Lynn Douglas
- Remark, LLC, Lauren Olson
- ReTread Art, Jane Reiter
- ReWoven Designs, Julie Sullivan
- Rock N' Recycle Purses, recycled album covers, Catherine Bur
- Second Life Art, Kate Hetzel
- Simply Sewn by Susan, Susan A. Peck
- Soulful Earth Herbals, Kathaleen Parker
- Tin Aviary, Zabby Cox
- Three Sisters Silverworks, Carol Halm and Kay Gomez
- Weener Ware, recycled bottle cap jewelry, Jeanmarie Petro, Barbara Tinger

Other Green Vendors

- Craig's Hilltop Honey, Dean Cross
- Earthways Environmental, Greg Kemppainen
- Maxi Container, INC. Joshua Rubin
- Solar Circle
- Solar Works, LLC, Damon Dotson

Green Non-Profits

Michigan Energy Options, East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance, Lansing, Michigan
Mid-MEAC, Lansing, Michigan
MSU Recycling and Surplus, East Lansing, Michigan
Sierra Club, Lansing, Michigan

The 2011 Festival will also feature a few favorite Michigan Heritage Award winning artists from years past.

Anshu Varma (Okemos, Michigan)
Meh'ndi (Henna painting) artist

Anshu Varma was born in north India and grew up in Calcutta and New Delhi. As a child she was fascinated by the tradition of meh'ndi, a paste of henna used to decorate the hands and feet with ornate patterns, the result being like a temporary tattoo. Greatly inspired by her mother's artistic creations meh'ndi, Anshu learned the art of meh'ndi, sometimes simply called henna, at home.

Anshu Varma decorates a festival visitors hand with henna paste to create a temporary henna tatoo
Henna plays an important role in maintaining cultural and traditional identity in India. The tradition in India is associated especially with wedding ceremonies where putting henna on the bride's palms and feet represents "dressing" the bride. It is, however, appropriate to be decorated with henna at all festive events. Being dressed in henna sets the celebratory mood of the community.

Today, Anshu is a master of the art. Now living in Michigan, she continues to teach the art of henna at public libraries statewide. She was a recipient of a Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship award in 2002 and 2003. She is a regular participant at the Great Lakes Folk Festival where, for a small fee, she "dresses" visitors with meh'ndi, then generously donates these fees to the Michigan State University Museum to support the Great Lakes Folk Festival. Join her to get a fun henna tattoo*.

*unlike a traditional tattoo in which ink is inserted into the skin, henna makes a rust colored stain that stays on top of the skin and fades gradually.

Kelly Church
Native Arts by the Church's
Hopkins, Michigan

Native basket woven to look like a strawberry, woven bracelet in green and whiteKelly Church is a Black Ash basketmaker, Birch bark biter, Painter, and she works with cedar, cattails and basswood. She harvests and prepares her own materials for her traditional woven and contemporary baskets. She also works as an activist educating the public about the EAB (Emerald Ash Borer) from Asia, which is destroying Michigan’s ash resource. It is important to Kelly to pass on and sustain the traditions of the past, as well as evolve and create new traditions.


Lula Williams (Detroit, Michigan)
As a young child, Lula Williams occasionally helped her mother quilt by putting colors together and piecing. However, she only returned to quilting in the late 1970s when her young teenaged son encouraged her to take a course in it at his high school; she remembered her mother's techniques almost immediately and has been quilting ever since.

African American Quilter, Lula Williams

Lula has made more than 120 quilts and won numerous awards. Her work reflects many traditions . She is a needle worker keenly interested in the latest techniques and patterns; she is an African-American committed to conveying information about her heritage; she is a woman of faith who communicates her beliefs through her quilts; she is an individual proud to be an American. One series of her quilts using African cloth pays homage to Martin Luther King, Jr. Another series is of red, white, and blue fabric with designs of stars and stripes. A special quilt, her original "I Am" design, depicts the times Jesus utters "I am" in the Bible as well as the declarations of "I am" by African-American preachers in their sermons. She is perhaps best known for her baby quilts, of which she has made scores as gifts for family and friends.

Lula's excellent craftsmanship has won her invitations to participate in shows within the African-American community and beyond. In addition she has taught quilting for a number of years at the Evans Recreation Center on Detroit's northeast side, at the Michigan State Fair Senior Center, and at Detroit's Westside Tindal Recreation Center and readily assists those who seek her help. She has been recognized with awards of Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants to teach her skills to other aspiring quilters in her community. In 1997 she was honored with a Michigan Heritage Award.

Capitol Area Lace Makers (CALM)

CALM (Capital Area Lace Makers)
Lansing, Michigan

Woman works on Bobbin LaceCALM is an organization for those who enjoy the art of bobbin lace making. Members of the organization come from several states and countries. Those who live close to East Lansing, Michigan enjoy spending time together during the week making lace, sharing knowledge, and encouraging each other as they work on their various projects. Weekly lace-ins are held Wednesday evenings and bi-weekly lace-ins on the first and third Fridays. CALM is a friendly group of lace makers who enjoy teaching those who are new to the art.




Photo by Pearl Yee Wong