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Stitched together

Textile and fiber exhibit opens at Neighborhood Empowerment Center


Art can be used to tell stories, make a statement or be open to interpretation of the viewer. And it can also be used to draw attention to a good cause.

The Neighborhood Empowerment Center hosts an opening reception for its Textile and Fiber Art show Friday night. The exhibit, which runs through September, is available for viewing 9 a.m. to 5.p.m Monday through Friday.

“It gives visibility to the artist and the community,” said art committee chairman Michael Beebe. “It gives visibility to this facility also. This is going to be a really unique show.”

The unique art exhibit features pieces ranging from quilts and mobiles to three-dimensional installations. While not of the art is for sale, some pieces can be purchased, and 25 percent of the proceeds benefit the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition.

Nancy Dittenber, office manager of the Greater Lansing housing Coalition, said the proceeds are beneficial to the organization and help fund the programs for homeowners around the Lansing community.

Artists have donated pieces from previous art shows to the Neighborhood Empowerment Center.

“It helps with the aesthetics,” Dittenber said. “It gives a friendly, welcoming and inviting appearance to our building.”

Any works that are purchased will be left in place until the exhibit is finished. Beebe hopes that the art show will draw in community members who will have a chance to learn more about the Greater Lansing Housing Coalition and the Neighborhood Empowerment Center.

“I think that coming to see this facility is wonderful, and it’s a community center, so they have a lot of programs.” Beebe said. “It gives the community a chance to see what the nonprofits do here.”

Textile and Fiber Art Show opening reception

5-8.p.m Friday, April 7


Neighborhood Empowerment Center

600 W. Maple St., Lansing

(517) 372-5980


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