Featured Exhibition

Everything but the Kitchen Sink!  The Fine Art of Collage / Assemblage

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Everything but the Kitchen Sink! A Fine Art Exhibit of Assemblage & Collage.

September 30 - October 29, 2021

Receptions: Friday, October 1st, 6-9 and Sunday, October 17th, 2-5.

From our Juror, Marat Paransky:

"Collage is the stuff of ransom letters in movies, electro-industrial music in clubs and, of course, at least a century and a half of great visual art. If we look closely, we can find it just about everywhere. It is one of today’s most varied and important artforms, and we really get the full spectrum of both medium and message. There are polished and highly technical artworks, songs, etc., so much so that they may have become indistinguishable from their more traditional counterparts. At the same time, there will always be those works which disrupt our expectations of what we see in art, as well as our understanding of what we have just seen.  And everything in-between. Ultimately, there is just something inherently odd and rebellious about the process of finding, layering, and forcing to function together a bunch of odds and ends. The creature lives!"

"I used to joke that if my art career did not work out, I would become a garbageman. Strangely, today I find myself somewhere between the worlds of art and waste.  This project is driven by an interest in the discarded, temporary and overlooked. That it touches on reusing is important, but secondary. Rather, it is a glimpse at the intricacies and thinking that go into the chance objects, designs and materials that pass through our hands on a daily basis.

Along with found objects and images, the raw materials for this group of works are my older artworks, my studio waste (leftover paints and glues) and other people’s studio waste.  These elements are mixed and remixed into new works in several cycles.  Some of the resulting collages and assemblages go through three to five iterations, each one several years apart.  Certain works will have no foreseeable end point. I prefer mutating the artworks on a continuous basis and exploring what happens when there is no defined end goal and no “official version”."

Marat Paransky has selected 50 very unique and  interesting pieces, in the form of assemblage, collage and we invite you to come in and see it all. He has selected the "Best of Show" and "2nd and 3rd Place" awards, along with Honorable Mentions, and we ask visitors to select the "People Choice" award.


  • Show Dates

    September 30th through October 29th2021

  • Opening Reception

    Friday, October 1st,  from 6-9 pm

  • Facebook LIVE session

    Meet the Artist  - Talk

  • Mid-month Reception

    Sunday, October 17th, from 2– 5

If you missed purchasing a piece from last month's show - NO WORRIES!  Artwork is still available on our "shop" page, just type in the artist or show title in the search box.

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