REACH's Annual Benefit - 12 Days of A Not So Silent Night

Day 6: Hello Artist

Sunday December 6

Teaching artist Marissa Tawney Thaler interviews Lansing sculpture artist, Ivan Iler.

Teaching artist Marissa Tawney Thaler interviews sculptor Ivan Iler in a special “Hello Artist” episode for A Not So Silent Night.

Pictured: Ivan Iler with installation and completed Sense Fence sculpture created for REACH in 2016 as a City of Lansing Sense of Place grant awarded project.

Learn more about Marissa Tawney Thaler:


Marissa Tawney Thaler of Lansing holds a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design, where she studied Art Education and Illustration. After college, she worked as an elementary art teacher, using school breaks to cultivate her personal work.  In the fall of 2018, Marissa left teaching to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator. Since then, she has started Briarwood Art Collective and published her first children’s book. Her series “Drawing Folded Paper” has been featured around Michigan.  Marissa’s work, often narrative in nature, uses primarily drawing media to achieve a “bittersweet aesthetic.” She aims to find the lighthearted side of struggles and moments of connection in everyday happenings.

As one of REACH’s teaching artists, Marissa has taught summer camps and classes at REACH and currently brings art opportunities to kids in the Lansing School District at Foster Community Center.


Check out the auction to bid on something wonderful!

Bid on original works of art from local artists and gift certificates from local businesses and restaurants!  To bid on any of the over 150 generously donated items visit our online auction, register to become a bidder under My Account and browse items in the Catalog.  Bidding ends December 12 at 10pm.

Click on the images below to bid on the online auction

Ink drawing & Watercolor by Marissa Tawney Thaler
Ink drawing & Watercolor by Marissa Tawney Thaler

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