TOWNSEND — An eclectic collection of artwork is featured in “Paper Arts,” a group show at the Townsend Meeting Hall.
A brightly colored bowl made from a roll of tickets by Diane Blankenburg draws the eye to one side of the room. Other works demand more subtle examination, like the origami constructed from mulberry paper by Gareth Morfill and beads of magazine paper made by Hannah French.
Other works, in a more traditional vein, are on paper. Drawings by Joan Wotkowicz and Tyler Wilson invite the viewer to come in closer. Maxine L. McDonald’s gelatin silver prints give viewers an opportunity to reflect on the content and composition.
Others pieces blend the new and old. Collages and sculptures hang on the walls, utilizing almost anything paper to create something unique.
Several artists were on hand during the Feb. 4 opening, demonstrating their work and socializing.
Visitors had a chance to make some paper art themselves.
In addition to having two works on display, Kim King demonstrated iris folding, a way of making designs for cards using colored paper and tape.
The technique is simple, she said as she guided visitors through the process. Just fold colored paper and tape it onto a printed design.
The craft her husband John King demonstrated took more skill and some specialized equipment. Using a spinning wheel, he was making hand-spun newspaper.
King usually spins more traditional material, including yarn. During the opening, he was attempting to spin wool and newspaper together.
Kim King does a lot of work with the Meeting Hall Gallery Committee to keep the shows happening, said Wotkowicz, a fellow committee member.
Old books were fair game for another artist. Using old paperbacks, Jane Jackson cut the pages into shapes, creating three-dimensional objects when the books were fanned out.
The display was made especially for the opening she said.
Visitors were greeted by a large American flag, a collage of hand prints. It was made at Hawthorne Brook Middle School by over 700 people, including students and staff, to acknowledge the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.
This is the third year of art shows at the meeting hall, chairman of the Meeting Hall Gallery Committee Alice Struthers said. She had two works on display.
Artists pay $5 per work to be included in a group show. Artists can also book the hall for solo shows.
All works must hang on the wall and nothing can be placed on the floor, Struthers said. Artists can sell their works during the shows and pay no commission to the gallery.
The money from the entry fees is used to cover the cost of the opening receptions and to purchase supplies used for hanging the shows, she said.
The meeting hall is open during library or senior center hours. “Paper Art” will be on display through Feb. 25.