The month of October at Sprout is being devoted to the Horrors of Trash. All of our featured artists create things out of recycled and found objects. In addition to Gallery Night, we will host events every Thursday during October that will encourage people to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

October 6th is Movie Night and popcorn at Sprout. 7:00 – 9pm

October 13th is a Lunch & Learn. Come and make a reusable bag out of an animal feed or bird seed bag. 12 – 1pm

October 20th is Gallery Night 5:00 – 9pm and

October 27th is a discussion with a representative from the RI Resource and Recovery Center. 6:30 – 7:30

All events are free and open to the public. They will take place at SPROUT, 166 Valley Street on the Rising Sun Mills Campus.

 

FEATURED ARTISTS:

Jim Bradley is a Providence based artist working with a range of mediums. These include found object robots and multi- media assemblage boxes, incorporating vintage and found objects that once had a purpose but have now been discarded due to modern conveniences. A locksmith by trade, Jim also has a background in sample and model making for a variety of commercial uses. The found object robots were some of his first creations that grew out of his love of going to yard sales and flea markets. He can spot items that had a very specific use in their time but are now retired due to more common or modern technology. The urge to take those pieces, often masterfully crafted for their intended purpose, and save them from becoming just another item in a landfill is one of his passions. This same sentiment propelled him to create the mixed media/assemblage boxes that are his more recent creations.

Rachel Desrochers is an abstract expressionist artist from Marshfield, MA. Rachel received her BFA in Fine Art from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in May, 2015. Her art consists of rollerblading through paint to blind contours. Rachel enjoys teaching art to the younger population and has been an Arts and Crafts Counselor for four years. Rachel works at a daycare that emphasizes in the arts. She has been in multiple art shows and continues to inspire the younger generation. Rachel’s piece ‘Fishway’ is a part of a blind contour series based on various locations. Blind Contour is a drawing where an artist draws the contour of something without looking at the paper. This particular piece is from The Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitor Center in Manchester, NH. Rachel’s process is about layering, she starts with a soft pencil or pen blind contour and continues to build on top with different mediums. This set of blind contours turned into her latest series.

Joan Hausrath has a fascination with archaeology.  Objects that have been discarded by people centuries ago give insight into the histories and cultural practices of societies all over the world.  How will our civilization be viewed through our trash by archaeologists of the future? Joan enjoys collecting things, and then has a great deal of fun assembling them into whimsical figures.  As she attaches one object to another through the process, the figure, its character and personality begins to emerge.  At this point, the partially defined figure “speaks” to her and directs its own destiny.  At that point, each figure becomes a unique whole.

Scott Lapham has preserved sections of sea debris with epoxy resin on site along the ocean tide line without altering or constructing any of it himself. The only editing process he has used is determining which sections of tide line to preserve. He has started calling these three dimensional pieces sculptural snap shots. Like a photographic snapshot they are un-staged documents of our wider world. Instead of showing candid moments of family and friends these sculptures show us a candid sample of what comprises our natural environment these days. These are true samples of our world with the natural organic and the man made inorganic matter concentrated by the rain, winds and tides of our shared environment. Once isolated and on a gallery wall these pieces transform from ignored trash to meditative sculptures. Here the viewer can contemplate the beauty of the forms created by natural cycles while also considering their origins.

Hollie Morenzi is a RI native who makes sculptures, painting and mosaics.  As a child she spent weekends with her grandfather in Potowomut, RI taking care of horses and landscaping.  Her grandfather taught her at a very young age that nothing is truly trash.  From old horseshoes, beach glass, seashells, grapevine clippings and branches she watched her grandparents make jewelry and home decor. Growing up so close to Narragansett Bay, Hollie learned the value of nature and the importance of preserving it. When attending Pilgrim High School in Warwick, Hollie’s art teacher Ms. Xavier opened her eyes to the many artistic opportunities that life offers. She taught Hollie never to give up on an idea and would often remove all erasers from her pencils. This showed Hollie that there are no mistakes in art, and that when an idea sparks, you need to keep it burning. It may not turn out to be what you envisioned, but it will be something amazing in the end. Hollie began painting, creating mosaics and jewelry out of beach glass as well as making paper and plastic sculptures at the age of 14.  Hollie’s art work focuses on our oceans and marine life. The floating landfill in the Pacific as well as the marine life dying from human trash has always disgusted Hollie, so she incorporates the garbage she finds on the beach into works of art.  Hollie taught her three children to love and respect nature as well as art.  She feels strongly that the world would be a cleaner greener world if we just banned plastics worldwide. This is Hollie’s first ever gallery show!

Jake Ormonde was raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Currently he is based in Boston where he attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in photography and a minor in sculpture. He creates images and spaces that are representational of the people that inhabit them. With these images, he hopes to capture the character that is permeated into the space while the person is there and long after they have left.  When people occupy a space a little bit of themselves is left behind. The longer they inhabit that location the more it becomes symbiotic with themselves.

Rosie Read studied environmental science in college and then spent time traveling by car around the United States. This experience left Rosie with an appreciation of the beauty and importance of the Earth. This inspired her current abstract style of work that often resembles the vibrant colors and organic shapes of land and sea in nature. Art has come back into her life in the past year and she has chosen to combine her interest in the environment with her appreciation for its beauty by creating abstract paintings on reclaimed wood. Rosie believes that repurposing objects is an easy way to leave a positive impact on the environment, as small as that impact may be.

Thomas Terceira is a craftsman, a designer and an artist. He has shown and sold his collages, decoupage, jewelry and enamels nationally and internationally. He has been a designer, sample maker, and model maker for jewelry manufactures and retailers. He has been creating collage, decoupage and mixed media art work made out of recycled books, stamps and papers for over fifteen years. His collage works have won numerous awards and have been frequently shown.