The ABCs of Reuse opens February 21 at The Scrap Exchange

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The ABC’s of Reuse
Connections between reuse and learning featuring mosaics by Jeannette Brossart and reuse art by area artists

February 21 – March 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, February 21 from 6-9 pm

Humans have been reusing and repurposing materials since pre-history, but it’s only been in the last century that this practice has been viewed as shameful. Through her work in the mosaic medium, artist Jeannette Brossart considers reuse a personal challenge that showcases the beauty and viability of non-traditional components. “It is exhilarating,” Brossart says, “to transform a piece of glass into a bird feather, a human pupil, or leaf blowing in the wind.”

In The ABC’s of Reuse, Brossart goes back to the basics, scrutinizing materials for their properties and qualities, such as color, size, shape, durability. Learning by observation and experimentation, asking; “Will it disintegrate outside?”, “What will happen if I apply pressure?” “Is this the leaf I’ve been looking for?” This, says the artist, is learning at its most elemental state.

The ABC’s of Reuse is the culmination of an artist residency program by mosaic artist Jeanette Brossart. Brossart is using broken ceramics, glass and pottery to create interactive alphabet mosaic tiles to spotlight the importance of literacy, a factor Brossart deems critical in the learning process. The mosaic tiles are being created in a series of public workshops using remains from Smashfest, an event held by The Scrap Exchange annually on Black Friday. (See scrapexchange.org/special-events/Smashfest for information on this event.)

The opening reception for “The ABC’s of Reuse” exhibit will be Friday, February 21 from 6pm-9pm. Opening night festivities are free to the public and will include refreshments and musical entertainment. The ABC’s of Reuse is sponsored by PBR, the Cordoba Center for the Arts, and the North Carolina Arts Council, a Division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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