Arts Council Artist to Present Outdoor Glass Exhibition at MSU Horticulture Gardens

LANSING, Mich., June 8, 2010 – Arts Council of Greater Lansing artist member Craig Mitchell Smith will present a special outdoor display of glass at the MSU Horticulture Gardens on Sat., June 19 and Sun., June 20, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibition entitled, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” will feature 27 sculptures ranging in size from 6 inches to 6 feet. Works include glass poppies, roses, jellyfish and other works inspired by nature. “My work intends to add to the beauty of the Gardens and will be installed to encourage the viewer to explore and experience the Gardens in a new way,” said Mitchell Smith.

Craig Smith Arts Council of Greater Lansing

Mitchell Smith, who was a recipient of a 2009 Individual Artist Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, has been featured on HGTV and has been included in a number of prestigious gallery and museum exhibitions including at the Detroit Institute of Art. “He is a rising national star and an example of the world-class artistic talent we have within our community,” said Leslie Donaldson executive director of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

During the two-day exhibition, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the gardens and try their hand at matching the titles to their works through an informal scavenger hunt. A free performance of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Peppermint Creek Theatre Company will be held on Sat from 8 to 9 p.m.

A ticketed preview event with the artist will be held on Fri., June 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with light hors d’oeuvres and desserts. RSVPs for the preview event are requested by Fri., June 11 by calling (517) 355-5191 ext. 1338. All glass works will be for sale and a portion of sale proceeds will benefit the MSU Horticulture Gardens.

For more information on the exhibition, please contact Mitchell Smith at (517) 420-3721 or visit www.hrt.msu.edu/glass.

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Venus Rising (pictured above) by Craig Mitchell Smith will be one of 27 glass artworks on display at the MSU Horticulture Gardens June 19-20. Photo credit Gary Anderson.

Founded in 1965, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing is a non-profit organization whose mission is to lead, advocate for and advance arts and culture in the capital region. For more information, visit www.lansingarts.org.