East Lansing art festival draws thousands to city


EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – For the past 50 years, the East Lansing art festival has been drawing in hundreds of people from the community.

Stretching a couple miles long, dozens of vendors and artists lined up to showcase their best work.

“I’ve been doing this for about 30 years almost, I think 28 actually,” Wisconsin Woodcarver Paul Gorecki said.

Artist Paul Gorecki makes a living off of wood carvings.

“They’re all white cedar wood carvings, I use galvanized nails and dolls to put them together,” Gorecki stated.

He says he began with basic carvings, like stick-legged deer, and that is what led him to where he is today.

“I just got done making 10 new designs, I have over 100 different designs in the booth right now,” Gorecki said.

With the large crowds the East Lansing art festival draws in, Gorecki says he’s pretty excited to show off his work.

“There’s a big draw here, a lot of people here,” he said.

And he’s not the only artist looking forward to selling their product.

“You get to go back to your childhood and you get to do what you really want to do and it’s more fun and creative than adult clothes,” Fashion designer Lauren Ehrenfeld said.

For twelve years, Ehrenfeld has designed clothing…for dolls.

“It’s fun, they don’t complain about sizes, they don’t complain about itchy fabrics,” she mentioned.

With Ehrenfeld being a 5th year veteran at the festival, she hopes to impress people with her tiny designs.

“Enjoy little girls, watching them get all excited…that’s probably the best part about the job.”

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the festival this weekend, it will be happening on Sunday, May 22nd as well.

For all the information you need to know about this year’s event, you can check out our “Seen on 6” tab on our website.

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