Artisans, art lovers find treasure trove of creativity at GB Art Fair

GRAND BLANC — Abundant sunshine and a warm breeze created the perfect atmosphere for the 22nd annual Art Fair last Saturday and Sunday in Grand Blanc’s Physicians Park.

The Grand Blanc Arts Council sponsored the fair which drew artisans from throughout the region, who brought all sort of creations from jewelry to textiles, woodwork, silk creations, ceramics, photographs, paintings and more.

“It was very nice,” said Gail McLaughlin of Davison. “I enjoyed it, the whole atmosphere. It was nice to see everyone’s creativity.”

Shayla and Karen Hense of MIST Silk Floral Designs were among the artists who participated in the fair.

“The weather has been beautiful and the people have been very friendly,” Shayla Hense said.

Silk floral arranging had always been her mother’s passion, so Shayla Hense said she “forced” her into making it a business about a year ago.

“I was in school in Florida then,” she said, noting that she was studying marine biology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. “I changed my major to business and moved home and enrolled at U of M Flint.”

Now, they are business partners and enjoying the chance to create beautiful floral designs.

Another artist, Rosana Sigro, also took a long and winding road to get to Grand Blanc. She had studied beadwork in Japan, and taught English in both Japan and China, but ended up back in the states some years ago. She now calls Grand Blanc home.

“I love beadings,” said Sigro, who sells jewelry and other handcrafted items. “I enjoy it, although it takes many hours. All of my family is involved in art. I grew up making flowers, then bracelets. It’s what I love.”

Sigro has sold her creations at the Grand Blanc Farmer’s Market and the Grand Chalet Shoppes. This was her first time at the Art Fair.

“It’s good to see people getting out,” she said. “They’re happy. And I am so happy.”