Wednesday, August 06, 2014

New exhibit, "Flight Path," to open Aug. 7 at Community Arts Center in Hancock

Collages by Melissa Hronkin (at left) and mobiles by Judy Sarosik are part of the August exhibit, "Flight Path," opening TOMORROW, Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center and Melissa Hronkin)

HANCOCK -- "Flight Path" is the new exhibit opening Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Copper Country Community Arts Center's Kerredge Gallery in Hancock. The exhibit features photographs, collage and encaustic paintings by Melissa Hronkin and origami mobiles by Judy Sarosik.

A public reception for the artists will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. TOMORROW, Thursday, Aug. 7. The exhibit continues through Aug. 30.

Earlier this year Melissa Hronkin took part in The 100 Day Art Project, a community challenge to make 100 pieces of art in 100 days. Because of her tight schedule and commute to work her studio became mobile. Her photographs became a springboard for new work, exercising "being in the moment and looking outward." She used her collection of words, papers, and drawing and painting materials to collage the photos and make meaningful art.

Walking the beaches of Marquette, Judy Sarosik has always picked up special pieces of driftwood, playing with balance and creating mobiles -- adding beads, bells, coins, etc. She combined these with her love of patterned paper and the craft of folding, both Japanese origami and iris folding, which originated in Holland. Each mobile she makes is a meditation. Each one, with all its elements, holds special meaning -- often symbolizing good fortune, wealth and prosperity.

Together their work makes a stunning display of color and movement, paying homage to the beauty of nature and the act of finding the time and space to create art.

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