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La Fille chez elle dans Sa Ville | The Girl and Her City La Fille Art Gallery

Wednesday, August 2, 2017  
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"You bring it to me, I’ll put art on it. If I think I can make art out of it, I’m going to make art out of it,” proclaims artist Tiffany Marie. Known to some as the “mad alchemist,” she boldly mixes different mediums - everything from concrete to fabric softener. 

“I’ve used cottage cheese before to make things crackle...but it works. I mix so many different things that aren’t natural to mix with when you think of art. People don’t really realize how wide or extensive art can really’s just what comes out of your head,” says Marie.

With 20 years of accomplished work as an international name and artist, Marie is no amateur and has never been one to back down from a challenge. When she purchased the former Mill Supplies’ building, she faced heavy skepticism, but renovated the entire 107 year old building herself and opened La Fille Gallery in 2012.

“If you tell me no way, it’s like building a wall. I just take a hammer and start hitting it until it falls over,” says Marie.

This boldness has clearly translated into the vibrancy of her business. Marie specializes in creating out-of-the-box work, providing completely customized pieces, from exterior faux-finishes that resemble Roman columns to one-ofa-kind furniture. However, La Fille is in the business of inspiring people. The gallery does this through more than just visual art, notably with their monthly Gallery Suite Jazz Series, where they welcome prominent regional and national jazz artists.

“Mediums always change but art remains the same [and] we want to make the arts give back,” says Marie. “If we inspire one person out of 100 that come out of the building, then we did our job. We want to inspire you to be creative, that’s all we want to do.”

La Fille has already carved out its place in Lansing, having had a personal relationship with the city for some time now. The gallery has been commissioned to create the ornaments for the Silver Bells in the City parade for the past five years, and has done pieces for many notable local business, including the Capital Regional International Airport, Playmakers and Dicker & Deal.

“I base a lot of it in Lansing because I try to support Lansing. I’m a business here in Lansing and so I try to support the businesses that are here in Lansing. I respect the businesses that come to us and ask us to make something for them because keeping business in Lansing is crucial,” says Marie.

While La Fille has been doing well for itself, Marie insists that the gallery is in its adolescence and wants to refine it in preparation for longevity in Lansing. Tiffany has put her newly opened studio in France on hold in order to focus on La Fille’s rebirth. Following severe damage, the entire building has been undergoing major renovations for several months and is set to re-open in September 2017. La Fille looks at this setback as a chance to re-introduce itself to Lansing and continue to establish itself as a true “destination spot” for the city.

“We chose Lansing for a reason, and I felt like Lansing needed something that was unique to its design…something that will be born here, start here, stay here,” says Marie. “Restoration is so to the core of who I am so I didn’t change the building, I just restored it, and cleaned it and beautified it, and said ‘Hello Lansing, this is here, this is yours.’”

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