Thank you Old Town for a wonderful event!

ScrapFest is a one-of-a-kind festival that celebrates art, creativity, and resource reuse. For 2015 ScrapFest has grown into its own 2-day festival replete with live music, artist booths featuring recycled, up cycled, scrap based and other art, educational activities and a beer tent.

Scroll down for a preview and be sure to check out the festival, only in Old Town!

The Art

500lbs of Scrap per Team. 2-Weeks. Unforgettable Art. 

The Auction

Thank you to all of our bidders! Thanks to your efforts, Scrapfest raised more than $23,000
to support future events and the Old Town Commercial Association.

Live Music

Friday, July 17
5:00pm | DJ Ruckus
DJ Ruckus will be spinning an eclectic blend of music to complement your Friday evening. Killer art. Cold beer. Hot music. Join us to wind down the week and kick off the festival!

Saturday, July 18
12:00pm | Mike Bass
Mike Bass is an East Lansing native who enjoys blending genres of music to create his own. With a world/folk sound, Mike regularly uses percussion on acoustic guitar. During his experiences living in Japan, Mike also developed a passion for singing and writing music in Japanese. He works for his family's company, Friedland Industries, while also pursuing his passion as a musician.

1:20pm | Taylor Taylor (
Taylor Taylor is a Lansing native with African American and Colombian roots. She has been cultivating her Jazzy-Pop style with classical guitar skills, warm, charismatic vocals and lyrical songwriting, which reveal her intelligence beyond her years. Taylor is genuine, humorous and believes a philanthropic mind and love for music can change the hearts for those who listen.

2:40pm | Tim the Music Man (

Tim is a seasoned musician who toured nationally as the bassist for mid-Michigan’s 19 wheels from 1996-2005. He began writing and recording music for and about his two children after becoming a father in 2004.

4:00pm | Cat Midway (

"With hands strumming a guitar, and feet drumming out a rhythm, Lansing’s Cat Midway is a one-woman band. She performs one of Woody Guthrie’s great sleight of hand tricks: concealing gnomic wisdom in offhand anecdotes. And she does it with the cool reserve of a Midwestern Nico. The combined effect is like leafing through faded photos of roustabouts at rest. Her songs seem distant and elusive, but that makes them all the more fascinating."-

5:20pm | Squirrel Shaped Fish

Squirrel Shaped Fish began writing and recording music over the summer of 2013. The Lansing, Michigan lounge rock band played their first show in November 2013 and have been performing around Michigan and the upper Midwest ever since.

7:00pm | Live auction of the ScrapFest art sculptures!

8:40pm | The Aimcriers (
The Aimcriers are about honesty, earnestness, and truth. They can play in any situation: they've set up Marshall half stacks and played loud and electric, and they've set up trap kits and played acoustically. They play mainly original music with a bunch of obscure covers peppered in.

Artist Booths

Remark Clothing | Lauren Olson
Up-cycled eco-fashion made with grit and spirit in Michigan.

Artistic Design Services | Andrew Sandstedt
Artistic Design Services is a custom decorative painting and finish provider specializing in custom faux finishes, murals, and furniture pieces. In addition, they also create a wide range of fine arts pieces ranging from sculpture, mixed media, and paintings using repurposed and reclaimed materials.

Pipperillo Studios | Jessica Rowland
At Pipperillo Studios, Jessica makes the beautiful functional. She specializes in wooden journals, laser etched coasters and keychains, and hand painted luminaries.

House of Lopi Studios | Manny Lopez
Manny Lopez is a multi-talented artist, writer and chef at the House of Lopi. He is skilled in both more traditional 2D art (particularly pen & ink and watercolor), as well as 3D sculpture. This year he began working with metal and is enjoying his first ScrapFest experience.

Buzzard Acres Studios | Paul Such
(Buzzard Acres Studios)
Paul creates unique pieces of art using many different kinds of re-purposed material and techniques.

Whatever and Then Some | Camille McCoy
Camille is a mixed media/assemblage artist. Materials for her work are gathered from flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores and craft stores.

Vessel Vixen | Hope Frasier
Hope recycles fabric, newspaper, paper bags, plastic bottles, stryofoam, wall paper, cardboard and wood to create functional vases, bowls and other home decor accessories.

A Summer Pasttime Cindy Higgens
Cindy recycles old glass into lawn art.

Matthew Wells
Out of the landfill and into your home. Everything has beauty, it just takes some imagination. Turning scrap into art is a passion.

Enviro-Mental Art  | Cecilia Garcia

Enviro-Mental Art creates fun, functional pieces from rescued materials. Our mission is to make art accessible and affordable for everyone to create, own and enjoy while reducing "waste" in our landfills.

Dogwood and Robins | Estina Banks

7/18 • NOON-4PM

Photo: Lansing Art Gallery at the East Lansing Art Festival

Photo: Lansing Art Gallery at the East Lansing Art Festival

REACH Studio Art Center
REACH Studio Art Center's Art Truck is rounding up years of scrap from around their studio combined with a half dozen bins of scrap salvaged from Friedland's scrap yard so festival patrons can create and take scrap art of their own! From wooden blocks and metal bits to aluminum curls and plastic caps, the possibilities for art-making are endless. REACH will come armed with a variety of tools, hardware, paints and glues to help passing artists ideas become a reality.

Kate Cosgrove
Located under the tent
Artist Kate Cosgrove will lead the creation of a community mosaic mural with recycled bottle caps. This interactive project welcomes festival attendees of all ages to flex their creative muscles!

MICA Gallery
Located at 1210 Turner Street
Explore bike culture at the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art! Make a spoke card and place it in the community bike or take it home for your own bike.

MSU Broad Art Museum
Located under the tent
The Broad will be on site making art from recycled materials with families. Stop by and make/recycle with them, and take part in the #BroadLovesLansing campaign!

Jurors and Artist awards

Sculptures created for ScrapFest are automatically entered into a juried competition with cash prizes and one-of-a-kind trophies awarded to the top three pieces and peoples choice.


Heather Duffy
Curator, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids
Former exhibitions manager for Art Prize
MFA in painting

Ken Krayer
Independent design consultant and adjunct faculty
 Product Design and Collaborative Design at
Kendall College of Art and Design
MFA from Cranbrook,  furniture, product, and interior design
Passionate about how people interact with one another, with things and with places.

Vern Mesler
Conference Coordinator
(Iron and Steel Repair, Rehabilitation and Restoration)
Welding Instructor at Lansing Community College
(Creative Welding and Industrial Welding)


First Place • $2,000 + Trophy
Second Place • $1,000 + Trophy
Third Place • $500 + Trophy

Peoples Choice • Trophy










ScrapFest 2015 is made possible by the efforts of a dedicated team of volunteers,
the artists, the Old Town Commercial Association, and our many wonderful sponsors.