Getaway Color Ways: SECOND LOOK: Recycled for the Sake of Art

The Theatre Art Galleries facility in Highpoint, NC has been the primary provider of visual arts in the area since they opened in 1975. They offer a great selection of performing and visual art exhibits all throughout the year, including their most recent exhibit called SECOND LOOK: Recycled for the Sake of Art. The exhibit is a group show that features the work of four artists, Kirkland Smith, Miles Purvis, Bryant Holsenbeck and Catherine Edgerton, who all use their art to talk about issues important to them like environmental waste, recycling and addiction. colors

Kirkland Smith, from Columbia SC, uses post-consumer materials and discarded objects as her “paint” to create her Assemblages artwork. She found that this type of medium really connected with people of all ages and was a great way to start a conversation about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling in today’s world. She wants her work to be entertaining (which is really is – check out her awesome gallery of assemblages and other artwork), but also for viewers to see the impact that consumerism is having on our environment.

Another Columbia native, Miles Purvis, started creating art at a young age and believes that “art is supposed to simply make you feel good.” Can’t argue with that! Her work is a reflection of things that are inspiring her life at that time. “Sometimes it is a reflection of being a southern lady, sometimes it stems from an intriguing conversation with a stranger. With each piece, my focus is to create a captivating pause in the midst of movement for its viewer.” Her work is certainly captivating! Check out her gallery here.

Bryant Holsenbeck, an environmental artist, is from Durham, NC. She likes to collect objects that our society uses once and then throws away, like bottle caps, plastic bags, straws, etc., and use those discarded items for her artwork. As an environmentalist, she realizes how much we take for granted. “We are used to using “stuff” once and then throwing it away. We may throw it away, but my work makes me aware of its continual impact.” The Bottle Cap Mandalas she creates, which I love, are made from over 100,000 old bottle caps and lids and showcase an argument for recycling and respecting the environment.

Mental health and addiction struggles are important topics to artist Catherine Edgerton. She works with stained-glass a lot of the time, and creates multi-media kaleidoscopes which she then graciously donates to folks who struggle with these issues. It’s called The Kaleidoscope Project. “This project allowed me to explore the gesture of letting go-and letting light in-literally as well as figuratively.” Her art, from the glass work she does to her paintings, is all fantastic and her cause is even better!

This show will be filled with unique art and important topics we should all be discussing! The exhibit is going on now through April 1st. It’s free of charge and open to the public.






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