Artists’ LAFCU Letters Unveiled and Going on the Road

The LAFCLAFCU-5-AU letters continue to entertain thanks to five Michigan artists who were each chosen to paint a letter. The unique 6-foot-tall letters that were turned into works of art were unveiled on July 27, during the Jazz & Blues Concert Series on the Grand.

As part of the mid-Michigan credit union’s Art, Growth & Community Series, the letters will appear at LAFCU-sponsored community events throughout the Lansing area the remainder of 2016.

The artists along with information about their inspiration are:

Derek Allmendinger, of Lansing, letter “L” – photo shoot of LAFF-E the Cow, LAFCU’s mascot.

Sam “Samskee” DeBourbon, of Lansing, letter “A” – “happy color fusion – happy family.”

Laura Gajewski, of Portland, letter “F” – vintage REO Flying Cloud advertisements of the 1920s.

Jeremy Coats, of Kalamazoo, letter “C” – growth and community.

Brian Whitfield of Lansing, letter “U” – the two sides of the “U” represent two sides of Lansing: the state capitol and “our home.” 

“The LAFCU letters have provided yet another way for us to connect with our members and share a little fun and inspiration within the communities LAFCU serves,” said Kelli A. Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU senior vice president of marketing. “Through the creativity of these artists, they have demonstrated the possibilities of when art, growth and community come together.”LAFCU-2-After

Opportunities for the public to view the letters include the Jazz & Blues Concert Series On the Grand at the Lansing City Market, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 24-25 and Sept. 14-15.

The artists were chosen based on conceptual designs submitted in response to an open call for entries.



Megan Martin

Megan Martin

Megan Martin is a Communications Specialist at M3 group and a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids. She is a foodie who loves art, tea, and anything outdoorsy.

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