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As of late I’ve felt compelled to get creative and jump back into the artistic ways of my past. Something I used to do in high school was collage with all sorts of papers, scraps, and collected mementos. Collaging, or scrap art as I call it, is an art form that allows the artist to use materials that are sitting around, shoved in a drawer, or even things you would normally throw away. Scrap art lets you incorporate special pieces you’ve saved, photographs, and even snippets of paper from previous scrapbooking or card making projects—you can really use anything. This art form is also quite “green”; all materials are being recycled and used for a new purpose—given new life. I use pencil sketches, magazine clippings and ads, event tickets and wrappers. Kurt Schwitters is an artist who constructed many collages during his career. He used found objects in his art such as old bus tickets, newspaper clippings, and pieces of wire; whatever he could find. Even though I am nothing compared to Schwitters I liken myself to him because I believe both of us hold to a similar collage aesthetic—use what is around you and readily available to you. There is no need to go buy tons of art supplies in order to create an engaging piece of art. Scrap art is economical and fun because you push yourself to use what you already have in an unconventional way. The other cool thing about collaging is that anyone can do it. Grab an assortment of materials (paper or not), a glue stick, Elmer’s Glue, or some Modge-Podge if you have it, and something sturdy like cardboard, cardstock, or a canvas to adhere the pieces to. Then start arranging your scraps any way you want. Feel free to experiment with different layouts before gluing stuff down. Have fun being creative and make a piece that reflects you and what you’re passionate about!

Contributed by Alexandra Dailey

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A Call to Armas Painter Michelle Armas l

A Call to Armas

Painter Michelle Armas lasted one year in the stressful world of corporate branding in New York before she decamped back to Atlanta to pursue a career in abstract painting. Her large scale acrylics are vibrant, bold, and youthful, the hipster offspring of Richard Diebenkorn and Jackson Pollock. In a recent posting on her blog about a commission she is completing for a very symmetrical bedroom, she describes her creative process in endearingly straightforward terms: “I think there should be big shapes, lots of layering but chunky and scribbly to balance the linear-ness all over the place.” Visit her blog to see the result. Click here to visit her online gallery.

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Contemporary Art Gallery Online would like to welcome Katie Puenner to our gallery.

Artist Statement:
“I aim to express form through organic fluidity and vibrant colors of my paintings.
My work explores both the drama and cultures of life that make up ones individuality. I blend vivid colors and vibrancy to convey experiences that make up the fabrics of my life. The goal of my art is to express myself by creating a fantastical world from the ordinary life.”

The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculptur


The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

I know I’ve already mentioned my home state of Michigan in connection with the ArtPrize competition, but Michigan’s Grand Rapids area is so full of art that I can’t help bringing it up again. The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is a place to be visited by all art lovers and appreciators. I myself have visited once, and once is surely not enough to see everything. You can take a trolley through the sculpture park and have a guide give you the low-down about each piece, but I chose to walk the grounds and have a personal experience while viewing the artwork. There are pieces by Alexander Calder, Claes Oldenburg, and even a giant metal horse based upon the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci. You can view metal heads without bodies, bodies made out of metal letters, abstract shapes you’re not quite sure what to make of, and an enormous red trowel stuck in the ground—all of these things you can find here among so many others.
A favorite of mine, if I can really say that I was able to pick a group of favorites, was a sculpture entitled Mad Mom by Tom Otterness. This large bronze sculpture, crafted in 2001, stands tall and depicts the “mad” feeling well through simple body language and facial expression. With arms akimbo and a frowning face, this mother figure exudes disappointment or frustration, but in a less than serious way. The use of geometric shapes and simplicity tone down the negative emotion in my opinion leaving the piece to be more accessible rather than off-putting as anger usually is. I attempted to mimic the statue’s pose and expression and I believe I ended up looking angrier than the Mad Mom. Perhaps I’ll have to use this stance and look when I’m actually a mother.
There is much to see at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Over ten different types of gardens can be visited, a vast sculpture park can be perused, changing indoor exhibitions can be viewed, and there is also an amphitheater where concerts can be enjoyed. Again, if you’re ever in southern Michigan and the weather is being cooperative, stop by and enjoy all the art and creativity!
Submitted by Alexandra Dailey

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Contemporary Art Gallery Online would like to welcome Ashley Peters as a new artist to our gallery!

Ashley’s art consists of a combination of printmaking(woodcuts & linocuts) and illustration, (pen, ink & wash). The pieces are often pettily intimate or interesting, particularly elongated sizes. She implements colors found in nature, often muted. Then to bring a contrasting life are the linear forms interrupting the space, (used for metaphors) that consist of vibrant, saturated colors. Her work is an observation of the world around s as it changes and evolves as well as what is left behind in the process.

To view more of Ashley’s artistic work, visit her page on

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Neon in the Trees Lee Jung is a rare com

Neon in the Trees

Lee Jung is a rare combination of poet and visual artist. Her C-type photographs often feature large, neon poems against a serene natural environment. In the work “To Death,” the neon words read, “With my soul in your eyes to eternity as you are inside me at first sight your name I swear take my all thinking of you to death.” Her statements are often political and many of the photographs are taken on the border of North Korea. Jung was educated at the Royal College of Art in the United Kingdom and was recently featured in the “Chaotic Harmony” photography exhibition at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. You can view more of her work here.

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The Worrydoll In Guatemalan folklore, a


The Worrydoll

In Guatemalan folklore, a person can express their concerns to a small worry doll so that the doll may worry in the person’s place. Artist Renee Laferriere Cinderhouse has created her own series of ceramic worry dolls embodying the twelve most recurrent human concerns: health, trauma, death, fertility, lust, companionship, love, loneliness, hostility, time, aging, and money. “A physical manifestation of worry, the dolls are empathetic to our own concerns, our health, our lust, aging, death. Each doll is a willing audience for the taxing ephemera of our daily toil, they are meant to carry our anxieties for us, so we do not have to.”

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