Up & Coming Weekly

July 09, 2019

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12 UCW JULY 10-16, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM ADRIENNE TREGO, Arts Learning and Artist Development Director at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomingweekly.com 910-484-6200. e quality I most admire in artists is their ability to see possibility in what many would overlook. is concept is clearly evidenced through the cur- rent exhibition held at the Arts Council through Aug. 17. "Re- claimed!" is sponsored by Waste Management and the city of Fayetteville's Environmental Ser- vices Department. It highlights art that is made primarily with recycled, repurposed and found materials. is exhibition and the Arts Council of Fayetteville/ Cumberland County's partner- ship with its generous sponsor has been in existence for many years. However, each year the results are radically different. is year, the organizers went national and put out a call for art to cre- atives from around the country. Juried by Bryant Holsenbeck, an environmental artist from Durham, the Arts Council received more than 100 entries from artists across the nation, and just over half were selected for inclusion in this exhibition. Holsenbeck also chose first-, second- and third-place awards. First place went to Rebecca Siemering for "Tuft Enough." Siemering, an art- ist from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, created what looks like a onesie for a child — made of dental floss and betting slips. From a distance, this work looks to be made from tufted wool or knitted material. Only a close examination reveals the unique materials used to cre- ate this work. Second place went to Bill Sieber from Carbondale, Illinois, for "Ocean Sweep." is work is remarkable in its simplicity, yet it reflects envi- ronmental concerns that are incredibly current. e artist strung together plastic drink- ing straws with fishing line to create a representation of a fishing net. e third-place award went to Michael Weddington, an art- ist from Matthews, North Carolina, for "Piano Les- sons: Old School, New Didactic." e work is crafted from reclaimed piano keys and other hardware combined with wood and metal. ere are many other notable works in this ex- hibition, including several from local and regional artists. Sherry Young, from Fayetteville, has two works in "Reclaimed!" — including a fish made from Styrofoam cups and a seahorse made from zip ties. Raul Rubiera, also from Fayetteville, has a piece that is striking in its minimalism and balance. It is made from two saw blades connected by a branch and mounted on a slice of a tree trunk. Many works, like Rubiera's, are not just works of beauty created with recycled, reclaimed and found materials; they also state something more profound. Rubiera describes his work as "a mixture of natural materials and the tools that transform that material into a tamed object." While the description and the work itself does not place judgment on the materials or usage thereof, it does make the viewer think more critically about what we toss aside to make our lives more comfortable and more convenient. Art has the power to make us think critically about our lives. is exhibition does just that while also showcasing the transformative nature of objects and the art that can be created from what is normally discarded. is exhibition is on display at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, 301 Hay St., until Aug. 17. For gallery hours and more information, visit www.theartscouncil.com. 'Reclaimed!' One person's trash is another person's art by ADRIENNE TREGO Rebecca Siemering, an artist from Paw- tucket, Rhode Island, created what looks like a onesie for a child — made of dental floss and betting slips. Her piece is titled "Tuft Enough." EVENT Fayetteville's Neighborhood Pet Store Full-Service Grooming Self-Wash Room Healthy Pet Foods • Gourmet Treats Toys • Collars & Leashes and Much More! 1216 Fort Bragg Rd (910) 860-1200 @WoofGangFay

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