East Lansing Art Fest Preparations

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

Transforming downtown East Lansing into an art mecca happens, well, overnight.

"Saturday morning we'll close the streets at 3 a.m., and the artists can set up anywhere from 5 to 9 a.m.," says East Lansing Arts Program Coordinator Sharon Radtke.

But with 230 artists, 20 musicians and 12 food vendors scheduled for the East Lansing Art Festival, setting up is no small task. And even though this is the festival's 44th year, preparing for the event isn't second nature for everyone.

"We have quite a few new artists," Radtke says. "One-third of the artists are new."

Artists like 13-year-old Adam Gayer from Ft. Wayne, Indiana. It's the young painter's first time at the festival. He's charging anywhere from $200 to $1,000 for his acrylic and oil paintings.

He says the money he makes goes towards his college tuition.

Organizers are expecting about 80,000 to attend throughout the two days.

The festival's hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday.

You can find out more about the activites by visiting http://www.elartfest.com/

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