POTTSTOWN PA – The latest show at ArtFusion 19464, 254 High St., helps prove the old adage that “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”
A framed piece by Teresa Shields created from reclaimed mushroom board and fabric samples saved from a dumpster
Titled ReSourced, the show will be a display of creative reuse. Local artists have created work from recycled, upcycled and salvaged items. Visitors to ArtFusion will view a wide range of pieces on display, from functional clothing to free-standing sculptures.
Each visitor also has a chance to contribute to a public art project. Throughout the show, which runs from March 21 through May 3 (2014), visitors can add to a large scale, recycled weaving project. The weaving will be created from plastic bags, paper, VCR tapes, and other items. The piece can be seen as it grows in the front window of the ArtFusion gallery.
Participating artists are Alita Abruzzzese, Lisbeth Bucci, Robyn Burckhardt, Tom Carroll, Arline Christ, Maggie Creshkoff, James M. Enders, Juanita A. Gaspari, Robert Hakun, Heidi Hammel, Joe Hoover, Millie Lea, Dora Siemel, Carla Schaeffer, Teresa Shields, Donna Steck-McMahon, and Julie Tonnessen.
An opening reception for ReSourced will be held March 21 (Friday) from 6-8 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. A $100 Best in Show prize, sponsored by the Building Industries’ Exchange of Pottstown Green Team, will be presented at 6:30 p.m.
To accompany the show, ArtFusion is offering free field trips to local schools. More than 550 children are signed up for and interactive experience during which they’ll learn about and discuss recycling, its importance to the future of the planet, and how artists create with objects normally discarded.
Each student will also create his or her own unique piece of recycled art.
ArtFusion 19464 is a non-profit community art center that offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages. Its gallery hosts rotating shows featuring local artists and also sells handcrafted gift items. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.