Scrapel Hill Art Exhibit, Chapel Hill 2nd Friday ArtWalk to Draw Art Lovers
"Playing With My Food" by artist Chrisie Minchew of Pittsboro, N.C., uses found objects
Got artists—or hoarders of scrap—in your family? Let them see the potential of their most coveted “found” materials at the Scrapel Hill Art Competition & Exhibit at University Place in Chapel Hill, which runs Sept. 10-Nov. 15.
The exhibit will feature 20 imaginative artworks and installations by 11 artists, created from recycled, repurposed or cast-off materials. If you visit Sept. 11, 5:30-8 p.m., you’ll be in time for an artists’ reception and awards ceremony (starting at 6:30 p.m.) that is open to the public. The opening event will feature light refreshments and jazz and is timed to coincide with the Chapel Hill/Carrboro 2nd Friday ArtWalk. Sponsored by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, the ArtWalk invites visitors to explore creative art venues, which will also be offering live music, food, activities, hands-on art demonstrations and discounts.
So what can you expect to see at the Scrapel Hill Art Exhibit? Many works use discarded materials to call attention to ecological concerns, such as Matt Amante’s use of discarded political signs to create forms found in nature he calls Pollute-ical. A similar theme is found in Joyce Watkins King aptly titled stocking and shoe installation, “Think about Your (Carbon) Footprint” and Denise Hughes’ pop top paintings.
Denise Hughes of Chapel Hill, makes a portrait of Mandela "Beauty Through Toxicity" using plastic caps that were headed for the ocean or a landfill to express her concern for the environment.
Started in 2009, Scrapel Hill was originally supported by the Foundation for Sustainable Growth and continues promote reuse, sustainability and environmental stewardship. In addition to reusing materials, this year’s exhibition features several sound and video works with interesting spins. Look for “Webcam Buddha” by Nuno Gomes to spotlight the rapid obsolescence of today’s technology and “Sounds of Carolina” by Stephen Reinhart, who repurposes old wooden pallets into utilitarian benches with a fun, aural twist.
The work below is by Nico Amortegui (MALO)