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Creating Art From 'Anything'

October 16, 2013 - Jane Whitmore
Art: the conscious use of skill and creative imagination, especially in the production of aesthetic objects; also, works so produced. The next exhibit on the Art Wall at Wild Rose Casino will be “Recycled, Reused, Refurbished Art.” The casino and members of the Palo Alto Arts Council work together to present the Art Wall, with successful and interesting exhibits of paintings created by area artists. Here is the concept for the next Art Wall: Any recycled materials can be used, including fabric, metal, paper, nature, plastic or glass. The project needs to be hung on the wall. My thoughts immediately turned to an art project I?had created years ago. It was a black cat walking down a curved staircase -- made of crushed marbles. That was my first “mosaic” type of project. A few years ago, artist and Arts Council member Karen Ruddy was instrumental in helping students create mosaics that now hang in the hallway at Emmetsburg Middle School. The project was titled “Leaving Your Mark On Your Community.” It was my privilege to assist with this project in a small way. Today, my thoughts again turn to mosaics but perhaps out of material different from Smalti glass. There just might be time to create a piece for the Art Wall. The deadline isn’t until Nov. 16. In the years the Arts Council hosted Art in the Park, we have seen a number of projects created from recycled, reused and refurbished materials. One artist successfully used clothes dryer lint of different colors to create colorful scenes. Think of the possibilities. Haven’t we at one time or another seen art work created from match sticks, jewely, flowers, buttons, wood chips, sand or earth? Here are the Art Wall Guidelines: --Quality art by artists 18 years of age or older. --People who live or work in Palo Alto County, an employee of the Wild Rose Casino &?Resort, or a member of the Palo Alto Arts Council. --Minimum size is 11-inches by 14-inches with a maximum size of 5-feet by 5-feet. --Not to exceed 25 pounds. --The entry must be an original work of art created by you. --Entry must be wired or have two brackets and ready to be hung. The deadline to submit entries is Saturday, Nov. 16. On that date, artists can pick up their entries from the past exhibit, or drop off an item for the new exhibit. There is an entry fee to cover expenses, which is due at the time the art piece is submitted. And, each artist must sign a waiver releasing Wild Rose Casino &?Resort from liability. There are a lot of would-be artists out there that don’t necessarily create with a brush and a palate. So, get your thoughts together and create a piece of Recycled, Reused, Refurbished Art. Anyone with questions can contact Laura Blanchet or Julie Leners, Arts Council members, in Emmetsburg.

 
 

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