23rd Annual Junque Arte Competition & Exhibition
September 23 to October 29
Designed to celebrate artistic creativity on the North Coast, and heighten the awareness of renewable resources in the art making process, each artwork in this juried exhibition is made from 100% recycled materials…reclaimed, reused, recovered, secondhand, salvaged, anything un-new!
This year’s juror is Monica Topping. Monica is the coordinator of North Coast Open Studios and owner of Rock Chick Designs -- she has been turning used and discarded materials into wearable art since 2004. "Around 2004, I was going to a lot of live concerts and started collecting used and broken instrument strings. The bracelets I made from those guitar strings were the beginning of Rock Chick Designs," Topping says. "I find creative inspiration in items that have lived their original intended lives, and love the challenge of making those items into something fun and wearable," she adds. Over the last decade, Topping has expanded her materials to include vinyl records and record jackets, rubber motorcycle tire tubes, and salvaged copper electrical wire. This year, she won the Victor Jacoby Award, which she's using to build her own glass studio and make lovely colored beads out of recycled liquor bottles.
ENTRY DAY: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH, NOON TO 5 P.M.
Micki Flatmo: Dating Chaos - What to Wear
November 4 to December 31
"Dating Chaos - What to Wear is meant to make visible a conversation that takes place between two artistic mediums when they are both used to express a single idea. Painting and costuming - endeavors I have long enjoyed - are paired up for this exhibition and allowed to influence and transform one another. The structure is simple: first a gesture painting is created that sets the mood and design parameters for the costume. Then, the costume is worn by a model which in turn, inspires a painting. This process yields a set of three pieces that express a single idea."
"The subject of the conversation though, and the underlying idea of all the sets is chaos. Each group of works attempts to demonstrate the various effects chaos has upon us. Each one of us is dating chaos; things explode and we're all standing in the way of the blast; appropriate dress will ensue!"