Sunday With The Arts
By TERESA M. PIRKEY
In this consumer-driven, throw-away world, a group of artists is taking a stand.
Instead of unwrapping a pristine canvas, they’re re-purposing an extra kitchen cabinet. Rather than throw out an Adirondack chair well past its prime, it’s now the centerpiece of the show. License plates, old spoons, wine bottles and scrap fabric have gained new life at Art Downtown.
The exhibit — Trash to Treasure: Re-Purposed Objects Become Art — continues through Sept. 30. https://www.facebook.com/hanovereveningsun/videos/1563278623729257/?hc_ref=ARTaJb2Ohvmk-w7yEefGHQAcXwdCNIOUK4Norbe5XtQzY2y7jLASaGqt9uDtC1kV4Z8
It can be seen during regular gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is always free.
Jane West, who leads the committee that hangs new shows every month, conceived of the idea for the show. But Eric Miller, who helps organize the shows for the Hanover Area Arts Guild, knew the Trash to Treasure show was a risk.
The Arts Guild has always had a handful of Found Art craftsman. John Sokolovich is known for his metal sculptures as is Jeff Asper. Jim Mackey’s wall hangings as well as his other 3-D sculpture work have gotten notice at the Arts Guild along with other galleries and Matthew Mackey is following in his footsteps.
“Trash” figures prominently in other artists’ work as well. Kim Asper’s vintage store is thriving. Sue Stonesifer creates art using discarded wine bottles and Barb Geesey’s dolls begin with a wine bottle as a base.
It’s all trash but it’s treasured.
“I’m impressed with the variety of artwork,” said Eric Miller, who leads the Arts Guild’s Show Committee, “how much creativity people really have.”
Re-purposed art refers to objects made from old, used “thow-away” items — tools, furniture, silverware, clocks, picture frames, license plates, cupboard doors — that have been re-invented, re-combined, re-finished to become a new art piece.
Vinyl records, skids, license plates, wine bottles and old cabinet doors now are works of art.
For one of the artists — Susan Runkle of Seven Valleys, Pa. — it’s just another form of expression.
Her usual medium is acrylic paintings and color pencils.
But sometimes, when she sees a chair she likes, she just can’t help herself.
It comes home with her and gets a redo. It goes from a beat-up piece of piece of furniture in a junk store to beauty in Runkle’s home. And in September, she’s showing it off at Art Downtown.
Don Atkinson, of Camp Hill, Pa., has a background in art and photography. But now, he work is in the technical field. So creating beauty — like his skid art — is a fantastic hobby for him.
“I love building things,” he said. “I draw out what I envision and then I start building and then I look at what pieces of wood I have.”
He uses reclaimed wood and skids to create his art pieces, with his first piece fashioned from an old fence.
Jaime Shoul of Hanover isn’t sure what to call his pieces — a hobby, art or a second career.
“It’s creative. It’s fun,” he said, adding he wanted to do something with his knowledge from a career as a mechanic but wasn’t so sure he wanted to follow in the Steampunk tradition.
Instead, he takes vintage items, like a coffee pot or light from radio from the 1950s, and converts them into lights.
“I see people that make things like that and I want to make it better,” he said.
Artists included in the show are Atkinson; Shoul; Barb Geesey, Kirby M. Heltebridle, Vicki Lamb, Sharon Benner, Sue Stonesifer and Fenton Stormes of Hanover; Janet Short of Thomasville; Jeff Asper and Kim Asper of New Oxford; Jim Mackey and Matthew Mackey of Gettysburg; Jennifer Savo of Camp Hill; and Vickie Curtis and Joanne Bast of Littlestown.
A reception for the artists, their families and the community is planned 5-7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Art Downtown. It is free and open to the public.
The exhibit can be seen during regular gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
Teresa M. Pirkey is manager of the Art Downtown gallery of the Hanover Area Arts Guild. She can be reached at email@example.com or 717-632-2521.