Educators. We regulate the stealing of ignorance. We damn good, too. But you can’t be any geek off the street*. Gotta be handy with the learnin’. You know what I mean? Earn your keep…
You know you’ve felt it. That moment when something in your brain just clicks. You get goosebumps, you’re flooded with adrenalin, and you just can’t keep the smile off your face. If you haven’t felt that? Go learn something. Right now. YouTube will do. Anything. What are you interested in? What don’t you know? Because you know there’s something you don’t know. Go learn it, then come back here and tell me how it felt. If you said, “Dude, it was lame and I didn’t feel anything,” I’ll know you’re lying. Or that you searched for something you’re not passionate about. Because, really, that’s what learning is about. Passion. And, as you’ll read in the article that follows, Kleenex.
Old Town Sign Post taken from Sharon Drummond's Flickr photostream
My wife and I have a problem whenever we go out to eat, and it is something that I don’t think we will ever be able to rectify. She is someone who, upon the conclusion of her meal, likes to sit there and chat and digest. I, on the other hand, need to immediately move. I despise sitting still in a restaurant after eating. I start readjusting my seat. My leg starts bouncing up and down. I fail to pay attention to the conversation at hand. I just need to move. I need to get out of there. There’s no real reason to it, I just hate staying still right after eating. This is why Golden Harvest is perfectly suited to my dining needs. Once you’re done, they are going to kick you out.
Not all restaurants are like Golden Harvest though. Some places will be content with filling your coffee cup over and over and over again. I hate this. Mostly because my wife will drink her coffee and engage in, what I can only assume is, the most meaningful and wonderful conversation of her life. I don’t know. I stopped paying attention, and I cannot fathom why anyone would want to stay put after eating unless it was so utterly engrossing. This inability to control my ADHD after eating has indirectly led me to discovering the art scene in Old Town though.
Not following me? Don’t worry, I’ll explain.
My soul told me that I had to produce a beautiful, respectful art show that “celebrated” people with flesh decorations. My soul told me that the goal had to be to improve the definition of the human family, to bring people together, to create new support groups, to make new friends, to improve understanding that would make first contact more loving.
These words are taken from Suellen Hozman about her latest photography exhibit at Art Alley in Lansing, MI. I had the pleasure of attending the opening ceremony two weeks ago and I left it in absolute awe of her work. Suellen is a Lansingite and a sweetheart with a loving personality. She is among the dying breed of photographers who are still shooting and developing film. I met her a year and a half ago at a lecture and I was immediately drawn to her way of making people feel comfortable. Suellen takes truly stunning and captivating portraits, and uses available light to capture her subject. The people she photographs seem incredibly at ease in front of her lens; however, this comes as no surprise since Suellen’s bubbly personality is the perfect ingredient for making insta-friends.
So many places to go in Old Town!
It has been more than awhile since my last post, but I am pleased to say that I have not had time to write because I have been so busy enjoying all that Lansing has to offer now that the nice weather has arrived! I would like to meet the person who says there is nothing to do in Lansing… just this weekend alone brought “Be a tourist in your own town”, a chili cookoff, Meridian Township and Old Town Farmer’s Markets, art exhibit openings, Lansing Lugnuts, the Hawk Island Triathalon and more to our great city! While I was out of town for part of the weekend, I decided to take Sunday to explore the capitol city on two wheels. I want to share what a spring weekend in Lansing looks like with you all!
Last year a group of Lansing residents, local officials and graffiti artists took a decapitated motel and turned it into one of the coolest attractions in town. Deluxe Inn was a motel in REO Town and was planned for demolition in late summer. Until that fast approaching demolition deadline the motel was an eyesore for hundreds of people who drove by it everyday. Deluxe Inn was located at the gateway from Downtown Lansing into REO Town and was an ill-representation for what REO Town has to offer.
In order to turn this abandoned building around, local organizers invited some of the best graffiti artists from all over the US and a few artists from abroad. With the seemingly omnipresent hissing of spray cans, the motel’s blank walls were converted into a giant piece of art. A once abandoned building became a major attraction. Local residents went there for picnics, photographers took models there to take advantage of the ambiance and others pulled in right from the highway to see all the art.
When the time came to demolish the building, I wasn’t alone in feeling a huge sense of loss. Seemingly overnight we were to lose a beautiful display of art. The demolition was inevitable and eventually the building became a flat piece of land.
In celebration of Hip Hop week and graffiti, the REACH studio art center has organized an event to display the works of Tom Sheerin, a local artist that has created new art on 3D wood and metal sculptures. Pieces from last years graffiti project will be installed on 3D metal sculptures along REO Town’s commercial corridor on Washington Sq. “The materials used go hand in hand with REO Town. It has a rich history in industry and by recycling and reusing materials it is acknowledging that history,” Sheerin said.