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June Issue 2010

Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, Offers New Exhibitions

The Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC, will present the exhibits: Materials, Unexpected, featuring works by two groups of artists, one which is based on the use of recyclable or unusual materials as the artistic medium and the other depends on greenhouse gas produced by an old landfill; and Rat: Bot, featuring sculptures by Ripp Smith. Both exhibitions are on veiw from June 4 through July 17, 2010.

Materials, Unexpected, features 12 regional artists working with an array of quirky stuff like bottlecaps, sprinkler heads, kudzu, pantyhose, wire, neckties, tin cans, tea bags, bone, and bees. The result is amazingly sophisticated 2-D and 3-D art for home and garden. The artists are David Chatt, Bridget Conn, Dave Edgars, Mary Engel, Michael Hatch, Bryant Holsenback, Annie Martin, Jeff Menzer, Jan Parker, Donna Price, Zoe Siegler, Mollie Wright.

In addition, five artists have residencies at the Energy Xchange in Burnsville, NC, where their creative process depends on greenhouse gas produced by an old landfill. The artists are Aaron Baigelman, Micah Cain, Lisa Gluckin, Ian Kessler-Gowell, and Lindsay Rogers.

"Some artists are well established, but many are young and emerging," says Wyndy Morehead, exhibition organizer. "All are conscious of being kind to the planet through their art."

A concurrent exhibit is Rat: Bot, featuring new work by the unconventional sculptor Ripp Smith.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 828/859-2828 or visit (www.upstairsartspace.org).

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