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Today in Lansing: Mixed media exhibit debuts at MICA


New MICA exhibit

5 to 8 p.m.

Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art

1210 Turner Rd., Lansing

FRIDAY, Jan. 11 — With sculptures, photography and paintings, MICA hosts a whirlwind of Lansing’s finest with one Ann Arbor tagalong.

“This showcases how talented the members of the community are. You can go see historical pieces, but we have exquisite work being done right in our own area,” MICA operations manager Katelyn Stralkowski said.

The exhibit features artists Terry Terry, Bruce Thayer, Grant Guimond, Ziui Chen Vance, Andy Schiff and Jack Bergeron.

“These are artists we’ve showcased before, so its especially nice to see people come in who recognize their work.”

Ann Arbor visual artist Ziui Chen Vance was last exhibited at MICA in early November.

Vance trained doing traditional calligraphy during youth and later became a student of the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in China. According to her website, her work is influenced highly by Dao philosophy and explores the animal and human duality that composes identity.

Lansing sculptor Bergeron last exhibited at MICA in May 2017, showcasing his work with metal. For this show, he brings a new round of creations with LED backlighting, dotting the room amid hung frames and canvases.

Bergeron, a former Lansing Community College instructor, has sculpture installations at Central Michigan University, LCC Sculpture Walk and the Letts Community Center. He also worked as a courtroom sketch artist from 1981 to 1989.

It is refreshing to see people continue to be interested in the local art scene, Stralkowski added.

“This exhibit gives a little something for everyone. Even if you are not so well-versed on art and haven’t gone to many galleries, it is still nice to see what local people are doing.”

This event coincides with Old Town’s Arts Night Out featuring local artists in every Old Town business. The exhibit will run until Feb. 28.

For more information, visit www.micagallery.org

7 to 11 p.m., $12, Mac's Bar, 2700 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

7 to 9 p.m., The Robin Theatre, 1105 S. Wa


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