“The Art of Upcycling: From Trash to Treasure” – Recent Works by Carol Flax

August 10 – September 17, 2017 Woodruff’s Art Center will have on view “The Art of Upcycling: From Trash to Treasure” an exhibition of recent works by Carol Flax. An Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, August 10th from 5:00 -7:00pm. The artist will be present to meet and discuss her techniques for creating one of a kind Cut Paper Mosaics entirely with reclaimed papers.

Crowell Beach – Fall by Carol Flax

Carol layers cut papers in a way that mimics brushstrokes resulting in a “painterly” look which reference the natural shapes and movement in the landscapes or objects they depict. When viewed up close the art may appear quite abstract or impressionistic, but upon stepping back reveals a great degree of its two-dimensionality.

Electronic versions of magazines, catalogs, and calendars have made printed editions of these publications nearly a thing of the past. In their heyday, high-end magazines were kept on coffee tables and saved for months or years. Calendars with beautiful photography graced the kitchen wall near the phone year round. Libraries had copies of hundreds of magazines that readers could borrow, and certainly no one ever threw away a National Geographic magazine; those often piled up for generations in someone’s attic.

Nowadays, recycling centers have become the holding place for many print publications, and Carol Flax, like many artists interested in using reclaimed material, go to the local center to find their medium. The pages of many high-end publications are full of glossy photography laden with brilliant colors and textures have become her palette. Paper won’t last long when exposed to time and the elements, so being able to turn something meant for disposal into a piece of art has brought added pleasure to her creative process.

Black-bellied Plovers by Carol Flax

Woodruff’s Art Center hours are Monday through Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 11-5. For directions and more information about Woodruff’s Art Center please visit www.WoodruffsArtCenter.com

For more information on Woodruff’s Art Center, or Carol Flax, please contact owner Amy Rice at woodruffsartcenter@verizon.net or by phone at 508-477-5767

Author: Mashpee Chamber of Commerce

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