March 24 2017 07:08 AM

Lansing Art Gallery bids farewell to two exhibits with reception tonight

The Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center celebrates the end of two exhibitions with a reception tonight. Kate Cosgrove’s “Happily Ever After” is on display through Saturday, and the gallery’s inaugural Michigan Collegiate Art Exhibition is on display through Tuesday. The artists will be honored tonight with a community reception, which includes an awards ceremony for the college art exhibition.

A Lansing born and raised artist, Kate Cosgrove is an in-demand artist and illustrator who has exhibited in galleries and online across the United States, Australia, Canada, Colombia, England, France, Switzerland and Ukraine. She spent roughly two years designing and putting together “Heroically Ever After,” a mini exhibition of art made from intricate paper cuts.

“Kate’s been working on project for 8 months and has been cutting paper since it was approved by the gallery,” said Barb Whitney, executive director, Lansing Art Gallery.

The works portray women from classic children’s stories like “Anne of Green Gables” and “A Little Princess.”

“When I feel a little creatively lost, I often turn to the characters from the books that my mother read to me as a child,” Cosgrove said. “It wasn’t until I became an adult that I realized our favorite reads were all written by women authors and featured strong girl heroes — no doubt my mother’s intention all along.”

“Even though they were written in the mid-1800s and the early 1900s, they still have much to teach us, even in our modern existence,” Cosgrove added. “Now that I am a parent to a young girl, I want to inspire her and all girls to know and love these characters as I have.”

Community Reception and Award Ceremony

6-8 p.m. Friday, March 24


Lansing Art Gallery

119 N. Washington Square, Lansing

(517) 374-6400,