Opening is 6-8p.m. Oct. 14 at the Saville Gallery in Cumberland
“Voltaire,” Joshua O'Rourke; PVC piping, aluminum screening, fiberglass screening, wooden beads, black and natural hemp, black paint, golden paint
The Frostburg State University Art Club has organized an exhibition featuring art created from recyclable and reusable materials. Headed up by key organizers and FSU seniors Jennifer Berkow and Bryan Martin, “Second Helping” features nearly 30 different works in a variety of media. It opened Oct. 9 and will be on view through Oct. 15 at the Saville Gallery in Cumberland. A reception is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the gallery.
“The idea of ‘second helping’ is simple, really,” Berkow said. “It’s a chance for artists to utilize recyclable and reusable materials to create one-of-a-kind works of art.”
“Second Helping” also invites dialogue about current environmental concerns. A description of the show states, “Recycling and reusing materials such as cardboard, plastic, glass—even reusing cloth, wood and household objects—lessens global waste, and as a result, lessens the harmful exhaust that it would take to break down these materials. … It is ‘Second Helping’s’ goal to call upon artists specifically to rethink the materials that they might use to render their works of art. Have you ever tried to use cardboard as a canvas or paper pulp as a sculpting material? Recyclable materials have vast and creative possibilities, not only for the art world, but for our whole world.”
Becca Ramspott was the juror for the exhibition. Ramspott is a freelance arts writer and critic who recently moved to Frostburg from Lawrence, Kan., where she reviewed art exhibitions and performing arts events for area publications and did public relations and occasional curatorial writing for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Mo. She currently works in public relations at Frostburg State University.
For more information about the show, contact Berkow at (443) 929-1194.