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Northeast Times | January 31, 2023

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UpCycling Fine Art

UpCycling Fine Art

UpCycling in Fine Art, referrers to using unwanted or normally discarded refuge to create an art object, which in accord makes the material UpCycled to be of greater value.

“I enjoy taking what has been discarded and allowing it to be developed into a piece of beauty,” said Scott Brown.

Brown, one of 26 fine artists at Giddens Gallery of Fine Art in Grapevine, is part of a trend occurring in fine art. In Brown’s case, gears from a local transmission shop, metal droppings from a local steel mill, and wood scraps from industrial construction are used to create UpCycled coffee tables, sofa tables, end tables and pedestals.

Fetching as much as $4,000, Brown’s original creations get a ‘Wow!” response from visitors to the Grapevine, Texas Gallery.

Although gallery owners, John and Cherie Giddens, boast conventional fine art paintings as well as sculptures and collages, 6 of their resident artists participate in UpCycling.

Another of these unique artists, Jay Garrison sculpts whimsical trains, cars, hot air balloons and airplanes from finds at garage sales, rummage sales, and flea markets. “Most people have fun trying to identify the parts used in my assemblages,” said Garrison.

Cynthia Medanich creates “Fashion Trash” collages from haute couture fashion house packaging while Kristi Zatyko fashions mixed-media art from what she calls “found” objects collected on hikes, visits to garage sales or any other source; there is really nothing that she sees that escapes her consideration. “All life is a collage.” said Zatyko.

Take wood sculptor, Jerome Weilmuenster, for example. He carves his creations from trees that have that have already been felled. “Before a sculpture is started, I carefully consider the shape, texture, and color hues of the wood grain. The wood will let me know if it wants to be a bowl, a desk accessory or simply a conversation piece,” said Weilmuenster.

Manuel Sarmiento, a metal sculptor agrees. The found objects in metal scrap yards speak to him as well. “I’ll walk the yard and see what catches my eye and that usually tells me what I can make out of it.” said Sarmiento.

The UpCycle artists at Giddens Gallery of Fine Art have the unique talent of visualizing items that others see as rejects, discards or trash as something much greater when used in creating a unique and beautiful work of art.


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