Eco-Art: Materials Recycled, Repurposed, Re-envisioned in Wilton from April 30 – May 31, 2010

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An exhibition of imaginative and environmentally conscious artworks made of natural materials and transformed everyday items will coincide with the Wilton Go Green Festival on May 2nd.

If Not Now, When? by Gyöngy Laky, ash branches and commercial mouldings

From April 30th through May 31st, Artifact Design Group and browngrotta arts will present an environmentally themed art exhibition, Eco Art: Materials Recycled, Repurposed, Re-envisioned. The exhibit will include works of two types. The first group will be works composed of natural materials, including bark, branches, pussy willows and porcupine quills. The second will involve everyday items, such as clothespins, newspapers, encyclopedias and safety pins, which have been transformed into art.

The exhibit will feature work by more than a dozen artists, including Markku Kosonen a woodworker and basketmaker from Finland, Birgit Birkkjaer of Denmark, whose baskets incorporate porcupine quills, Dorothy Gill Barnes of Ohio who creates “dendroglyphs” by scarring bark on trees scheduled for harvest and Chris Drury an environmental artist from the UK. Also included will work by California artists Gyöngy Laky and Karyl Sisson. Laky makes vessels of telephone wire and sculptures that combine branches and nails and screws; Sisson repurposes domestic items like cloth tape measures as art.

Eco Art: Materials Recycled, Repurposed, Re-envisioned will coincide with the Wilton Go Green Festival on May 2nd, in Wilton. The Wilton Go Green Festival will be a town-wide day of education and exploration focused on energy conservation and sustainable living. The event will offer in-depth information about energy and building, transportation, watershed, land and food, and waste management. The festival will run from 11 to 4 p.m. and will have a series of workshops and exhibitors. The Festival will offer a series of family friendly activities, in addition to Eco Art: Materials Recycled, Repurposed, Re-envisioned, including bike rides, stream wading and a child-conscious yoga demonstration.
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The exhibition will held be at Artifact Design Group at 2 Hollyhock Lane (Rt. 7), Wilton, Connecticut. The opening will take place on April 30, 2010 from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information call browngrotta arts at 203-834-0623;

For more than 20 years, browngrotta arts has promoted contemporary textiles and fiber sculpture. The firm has published 37 art catalogs and placed art work in dozens of private and corporate collections in the US and abroad, as well as in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, the St. Louis Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum.

Since 2001, Artifact Design Group has offered museum-quality signature furniture to the public and the trade. Artifact features the work of Gregory Clark, nationally recognized furniture and industrial designer. Clark is the creator of Formal Contemporary©, a limited edition series of signature pieces. Artifact Design Group is open 7 days a week, 10:00 to 5:00. For more information call: 203.834.7757.

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