Glass artist Craig Mitchell Smith will demonstrate his skills in art glass and support the Michigan State University Friends of Theatre in a special fundraising event held at Mitchell’s Meridian Mall studio. “A Magical Evening with Craig Mitchell Smith” will take place Thursday, December 5, from 7-9:30 p.m.
Smith will create a unique piece of glass that evening in his demonstration that will be raffled off during the event. In addition, the artist will donate 10 percent of sales to the Friends of Theatre.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the Friends’ commitment to raise $100,000 for the new performance space for Summer Circle Theatre, a free summer festival held each June on the MSU campus. The new stage will be located on the courtyard between Fairchild Theatre and Kresge Art Center, near Summer Circle’s original Red Cedar location.
Event tickets are $30 each and advance reservations are required by Tuesday, December 3. Reservations can be made by calling (517) 355-6691. For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Credit cards are accepted.
About Craig Mitchell Smith
Artist Craig Mitchell Smith is a Lansing, Michigan native. Strongly influenced by nature in his work, he has been keenly aware of nature from his childhood, with his first painting depicting a lily. While engaged in a career in theatre design, he owned a flower store and worked in such areas as wedding planning and interior design. He returned to Lansing, continuing his work in set design. After taking a class in fused glass, he realized the process came easily to him and that he could “paint with glass.”
After renovating his Frank Lloyd Wright-style home, he was contacted by HGTV. His glass work was featured on television and he began his career as a glass artist in earnest. His work has been seen throughout Lansing in venues that include Michigan State University and Cooley Law School Gardens, as well as Dow Gardens, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Disney Epcot Center, Orlando International Airport and more.