Art Plucked from the Leftover Pile
Mona Mark, Untitled diptych #2, oil paint on floorboard
Passed through the right hands, one man’s trash can be transformed into another’s treasure. That’s the premise. Some weeks ago, thirty artists with ties to the region were each given a $50 voucher to spend at the Columbia County Habitat for Humanity ReStore just outside of Hudson. The materials they purchased there, all leftovers donated by builders and renovators, were to be used to make or inspire a work of art in each artist’s medium of choice—collage, sculpture, photography, painting.
The resulting works that comprise ReCycle, ReCreate, ReImagine, an exhibition and auction, are as disparate as the participants— Michel Arnaud, Arthur Baker, Rica Bando, Keith Batten, Isabel Bigelow, Dina Bursztyn and Julie Chase, Daniel Carello, Luis Castro, Renee Iacone Clearman, Jed Cleary, Dan Devine, Chip Fasciana, Mimi Graminski, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Hilary Harris, Matthew Hart, Linda Horn, Holly Hughes, Lonny Kalfus, Maj Kalfus, Nancy Kohler, Mona Mark, Monica Miller, Peter Moore, Frank and Carolyn Mouris, Cynthia Mulvaney, Melissa Sarris, Carol Shadford, Diego Sharon, Michael Tong, William Wester and Jacqueline Wilder.
“This project has inspired a new direction for me,” says the painter Mona Mark, whose work for the auction appears above. “The change in materials from canvas to floor board actually gives the viewer a very different experience. The fact that they are recycled materials is visible and becomes a part of the meaning of the work.”
The auction will be conducted by Colin Stair, president and founder of Stair Gallery and Antique Auctioneers and Appraisers of Hudson, all proceeds to help support CCHfH’s 2011 building projects. In addition to the work of established artists, the show will include 25 one-of-a-kind, high-fired tiles designed by Columbia County children. Each tile depicts one child’s vision of “home” and is available for a $10 donation.
Art Show and Auction Benefit for Columbia County Habitat for Humanity
Omi International Art Center
Co. Route 21 near Letter S Road, Ghent
Saturday, March 5; 5 - 8 p.m. Donation/$15 includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres