Transformations: Art from Trash Exhibit Opens in Fiberworks Gallery
Jointly sponsored by the Fiberworks Gallery and the Environmental Concerns Committee, on Sunday afternoon October 4, the Fiberworks exhibition entitled, “TRANSFORMATIONS: ART FROM TRASH,” opened in the Passmore Lounge, the gallery’s new location. Participants were encouraged by organizers Daisy Grubbs and Ann Baker to create three-dimensional works in relief or free-standing using materials normally consigned to trash bins or baskets. The result of their hard work is a thoroughly delightful, creative display of art by the skilled and unskilled.
The spirit of the show is deftly captured by Beth Barnes in her “Chaos” composed of a paint covered dish drain and found objects hung side by side with Ann Baker’s slick “Styrofoam Dandy,” Styrofoam plus plastic pellets. Other found objects are celebrated by Leslie Wendell in “Presents from Maud,” her much loved pet dog. Miniature clothes pins, string, photographs and a frame become “Captured Time” in the hands of Mary Kay Martin.
A particularly unusual transformation was executed by Art Crooke, a boat transom retrieved by a scuba diver morphed into a coffee table.
Atop his sister Daisy Grubbs’ clever doll house are several unique solar panels made from sponges, foil, and plastic straws.
An assemblage/cum collage cut from the inserts of Android packaging and entitled “Mask” by Edith Newmark, harks back to the second decade of the nineteen hundreds when Pablo Picasso created the guitars that introduced the modern collage to the French art world.
This is just a sampling of the many charming objects which will cheer your passage through Passmore Lounge until the end of the year.
by Nancy Warfield for the Fiberworks Gallery and Environmental Concerns Committee