Art project celebrating 10th art-A-palooza
|Pictured are some of the panels created during the first public workshop on the project June 17 at the Green Library. A second workshop will take place July 5 from noon to 4 p.m. also at the library.
|Photo courtesy of Kristina Malcolm|
|A participant attending the first workshop is shown above.|
|Photo courtesy of Sofia Bastulli|
Art-A-palooza is a presentation of the Green Arts Council, established in 2003 to promote participation in and appreciation for the arts in Green, according to its website, www.greenartscouncil.org. The Green Arts Council also offers arts classes in the spring and awards scholarships to Green High School students interested in pursuing studies in the arts.
Green Arts Council board member Kristina Malcolm said the organization decided to solicit ideas from artists for a commemorative sculpture to mark the anniversary, with the new piece to be unveiled at noon at this year’s art-A-palooza, set to take place Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Boettler Park, 5300 Massillon Road. The piece will be permanently installed in a raised garden located next to the Lichtenwalter Schoolhouse at Boettler Park.
Malcolm, of Clinton, said she was the only one to suggest a community art project, and she was selected to create the commemorative sculpture.
Malcolm describes herself as a silversmith who works with metals to design fine art jewelry, sculptures and community art. She has participated in numerous art festivals and gallery and museum presentations, including art-A-palooza, and has won several awards in her 30 years of artwork. She also lectures and teaches art classes. She graduated from The University of Akron with a fine arts degree with majors in sculpture and metalsmithing and also took graduate level classes at the University of Oregon and Claremont University. For more information on her and her work, visit http://fluxusmetalwork.com.
Malcolm’s idea for a 10th anniversary sculpture was to create a “quilt” using individual copper panels that would be designed by area residents.
“Bringing art and quilts into play is a great thing,” said Malcolm. “This quilt will get people involved in art right in the community.”
Malcolm said she has several designs for the finished product, depending on how many panels are created.
The finished quilt could contain about 140 copper rectangles measuring 3 inches by 6 inches to be stamped with a design selected by participating residents. Participants were invited to create a panel at a workshop June 17 at the Green Branch Library, and Malcolm said about 30 children and adults attended.
“The results were great and the energy level was fantastic,” said Malcolm.
Another workshop is scheduled for July 5 from noon to 4 p.m. The workshop, which is open to all ages, will teach participants how to use tools supplied at the event to create a copper quilt block. A number of facilitators will be at the library to help participants create their panel. All panels for the quilt must be completed at the library.
“I really want to encourage spontaneity,” said Malcolm. “Participants can learn how to use letter stamps to stamp anything, including poems they have written, into the metal (family appropriate, of course). Participants can come in and just hit a hammer on a piece of copper to texture it, or create an outline by drilling holes, or make a two-sided drawing with some light engraving. I’m hoping people might reflect on what it means to be part of a community for just a second, but they don’t have to have anything in mind or know any metalsmithing techniques to participate.”
Tools such as stamps, chisels, drills, hammers, texturing tools and more will be available free for use at the workshop to create an endless combination of possible designs, according to Malcolm. Participation in the workshop is also free and preregistration is not required.
“People can be as creative as they want and put anywhere from 10 minutes to one hour into the effort,” said Malcolm. “I think Summit County is a great place for the arts to thrive and I’m on a personal mission to make it happen.”
For more information about the project, visit www.facebook.com/fluxusmetalworks.
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