Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Local Phenomenon

Our friend, Jane Reiter, is a local phenomenon!  And sneaky too.
For more than a year, she has been working on a phenomenal art project - and kept it under wraps!  At the opening recently, you could've knocked me over with a Micro pen.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I am focusing solely on Jane's personal work, although the show includes cool pieces from the community.
Merriam-Webster defines PHENOMENON this way:
"something (such as an interesting fact or event) that can be observed and studied and that typically is unusual or difficult to understand or explain fully" 
And being the Library-Girl she is, no doubt she meant the meaning to be such.  But I see this phenomena differently.  Jane used all of her many skills such as Zentangle, crochet, photography and a mixed media sensibility, put them together to create an amazing mixed media phenomena.  I could go on...
But see for yourself!  Jane's work will blow you away.  (See below for addy and hours).


"My first goal is to highlight the large number of neglected commercial buildings within Lansing. The amount of empty commercial space is discouraging and unsightly to residents. Using the element of art in surprising places may prompt a second look at these buildings."
Jane's second goal was to enlist community members - in typical Jane style of inclusion, baby!  You must make a point to see this show by January 10!
Riverview Church's Corridor Gallery
3585 Willoughby Road
HOURS: 9:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday, and during weekend service times.
Here's a little cherry on top -
 Jane's Zentangle billboard is on I-69,
close to the Perry/Owosso exit
–it faces east and sits on the south side of the highway.
Thanks to Arts Council of Greater Lansing 
(Are you a member?) 
and the Chris Clark Fellowship 
Check it out!

"And now, for something completely different..."

Just kidding! Here's a list of Jane's upcoming Zentangle classes at SmittenDust Studio!
Thursday, December 19, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, TangleMania Club, $5, please pay at class
Get together for sharing ideas and tangling fun! (this is not a teaching class).
Please bring a refreshment to share.

TangleMania club also meets on January 16, February 13, March 20, and April 10.

Monday, January 6, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Introduction to Zentangle, $43
Explore the fundamentals of a peaceful, meditative drawing approach with black pen on white paper.

We will learn a few tangles as this is a wonderful session for those who believe that they cannot draw! Class fee includes basic drawing kit.

Pre-registration required at please specify as to which date you are registering. Other dates for this class are February 3, March 3, and April 7.
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
or Sunday, January 26, 1:00 – 3:00 PM  
Tangle Valentine’s Cards, $20
Enjoy making Zentangle®-inspired Valentine’s Day cards with blank cards, markers and metallic pens. Class fee includes necessary supplies like cards, envelopes and inspiration! The only requirement is having completed one introduction to Zentangle class with a CZT.

Saturday, February 15, 10:00 AM – NOON
or Monday, February 17, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Zendalas, $35
Create with Zendalas, which are based on radial designs reminiscent of mandalas. We will tangle on round tiles and explore the possibilities of working in a circular format. The only requirement is having completed one introduction to Zentangle class with a CZT.

Classes meet at SmittenDust Studio in beautiful downtown Dimondale, 257 South Bridge Street (the corner of Bridge and Jefferson Streets—it is the only 1900-era building on this corner).

Classes require payment in advance either by PayPal, see link at left, or a check.  For information, please contact Dusty at


  1. I haven't been to the show yet, but you know I will. I can't begin to say how impressed I am, by the photos alone. Three cheers and thanks for highlighting Jane, Dusty!

  2. Thank you Jeanie! I hope you are able to see it. Jane rocks it!