Get your ‘group’ on, and bounce on over to this month’s “Art Attack,” featuring Found Object Assemblage Art, and an Art Hop scavenger hunt to boot!
Found object art is art created from the use of objects that are not normally considered art. Marcel Duchamp was the originator of this in the early 20th-century. Now, thanks to local artists like Celeste White, it is an art form gaining popularity. Anyone can participate in this unique experience during the Second Saturday Art Hop, Feb. 14.
White will be instructing participants on how to create found object art at Boardmart on Market Street downtown from 6-9 p.m.
Art Hoppers are encouraged to bring in household items to help create a collective Valentine masterpiece.
“Found art is great because anyone who wants to do it can,” says White. “It doesn’t cost a lot; materials are very inexpensive.”
And she should know; White created the seven ornaments that were placed around the North State for people to find last December. The event was very popular and White received accolades for her creativity. She uses household items, such as hardware to create her pieces.
“It’s fun because you can use whatever items your lifestyle and background entail,” White says. “It lends itself to development as an artist because you’re able to incorporate many different mediums.”
White herself started doing found object art as a way to make art in a cheap manner. She took her carpentry background and utilized those types of materials in her pieces.
“I’ve dabbled in art my whole life, but when I started doing found art, it really rang my chain,” she says. And she’s not alone: Little by little, this medium has begun to gain credibility and is now considered “real” art.
Art Hop will incorporate White’s class, along with a scavenger hunt for which White will create three assemblage “Valentines.” These Valentines were created with found objects, such as wood, rocks, buttons, metal and coral. The three Valentines will each be hidden in various Art Hop locations: one downtown, one in the Park Marina area, and one on the east side. All of the other businesses will have clues leading to the Valentines. If you find one, you can enter a drawing to win it.
So come on down to Boardmart and join the fun in creating an original assemblage masterpiece, and enjoy the “Art Attack” this Valentine’s Day.
Melissa earned her B.A. in journalism and her M.A. in English from CSU, Chico. She spent time in Las Vegas working as a college English instructor and a magazine writer and editor. Melissa currently teaches at University Preparatory School in Redding, performs in local theatre and writes for Enjoy Magazine.