Great Lakes Folk Festival Marketplace

Are you an artist interested in applying to be a vendor at the 2015 Great Lakes Folk Festival?  Please read the information below to determine whether your work fits the focus of our festival.

2015 will mark the 29th year of the MSU Museum producing a summer folk festival, now called the Great Lakes Folk Festival (GLFF). The GLFF is a unique fusion of arts fair, music festival, county fair, multi-ethnic festival, hands-on activity workshops and celebration of cultural heritage, held every August in downtown East Lansing. The GLFF Marketplace is a centerpiece of the festival. It features traditional and folk artists, as well as “green” artists, who make fantastic art and/or functional objects from recycled materials, or who have started a small business selling sustainable products.

The GLFF Marketplace is a rare venue in the art festival world for folk, traditional and “green” artists to market and demonstrate their traditional work to an audience.  We’re not just another art fair – the Great Lakes Folk Festival is about the Folk, as much as it is about the art. Our audience has been cultivated to really take an interest in the product as well as the process.
Traditional/Folk Artists: 
Folk or traditional art, as practiced by ethnic, regional, occupational, familial, and religious groups, refers to the traditional expressions through which these communities maintain and pass on their shared sense of beauty, identity, and values. Generally, folk or traditional art is learned by example from a family or community member, through imitation and repetition, rather than through formal instruction such as classes or workshops. Ordinarily, valued and authentic folk practitioners are brought up within a traditional community, learning a repertoire and style from their seniors.
Green Artists: 
Green artists take used or recycled materials and upcycle them to make art or functional objects. The products convey the artists' wisdom, skill and creativity for conserving the planet -- using materials in sometimes recognizable, and sometimes surprising ways.
Artists wishing to apply to be part of the 2015 Folk Festival (please read the criteria above) should go to the Zapplications web site  http://www.zapplication.org, sign in and search for MSU Museum's Great Lakes Folk Festival 2015.  The Festival will consider vendors until July 15, 2015- or until capacity is reached.

To read about the artists who are at the 2015 Festival, click Here or click on artist names.

Capital Area Lace Makers (CALM):  An international organization dedicated to bobbin lace making. 

April D. BatesSurface design on recycled clothing.

St. Stephen's AllOccasionAprons: Traditional aprons.

Henna by DesignFun henna tattoos!

Silver Talisman: Handmade sterling silver and copper jewelry. 

The Beauty of Pandau: Hmong reverse applique.

Weener Ware: Bottle cap jewelry 

NYAKA AIDs Orphans Project: Woven baskets and jewelry made by grandmothers from Uganda in support of a non profit organization.

Soulful Earth Herbals: Natural herbal remedies.

Ana's Jazzy Art: Patriotic flags

Lester Myricks: Traditional African - American art

Made With Fire: Lampworked glass, pendants, marbles and beads

Caina Tea: Authentic Chinese tea and demonstrations 

Traditional Necessities: Traditional made brooms, bowls, spoons and other household items

Gypsy Rose Studios: Eco-art and other jewelry 

MOHLOM: Scrap glass turned into night-lights, cabinet knobs, and jewlry 

Finding Peacock: Jewelry and wall art from found animal bones 

Fringeartist: Art created from handmade felt, beads, buttons and other embellishments 

Sue Myers: Pictures, scarves, and cat caves out of fiber 

Ron Roland: Art created from recycled goods and different kinds of paints 

The Adoration: Handmade paper goods

Whimsical Wit: State inspired home and gift products created from recycled clothing 

Caitilin Soderstrom: Hand and machine sewn clothing and plush Mouthy Monsters

Ryan Taylor: Ceramics stamped with mid west decoration 

Minnie Wabanimkee: Photojournalism 

Henry Tschetter: Hand-made brooms