The first Back Room show of 2022 at the Hope Arts Gallery opens Feb. 2, and it’s all about ‘Altered Art.’
According to a news release, “This show explores how artists can use different techniques and mediums to change or alter the appearance of their creations.”
Working with Peter Scherle, Jackie and Angela Coughlin have been experimenting with wire, wood, pine needles and acrylic paint. Having fun creating more unusual products led them to the idea of pooling their talents and presenting this innovative showing of altered art. The Coughlins have become fascinated with pouring acrylic paint onto surfaces to create patterns and designs.
“Because no two pourings can ever duplicate each other, part of the joy of this process is the unexpected,” the news release said. “You never know exactly what will appear on the canvas, but magic happens.”
Looking into deep space and contemplating space travel has also been an inspiration for some of this work.
Adding pine needle weaving to the rims of beautifully-turned wooden bowls led to a whole series of elegant vessels.
The Hope Arts Gallery has been newly painted and refreshed for visitors, with upgraded lighting and four rooms filled with art work.
Altered Art is on display from Feb. 2 to 27 in the Back Room Gallery of the Hope Arts Gallery at 349 Fort Street, and runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.
The gallery is operated by the Hope District Arts Council and staffed by volunteers.
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