Everyday Items Can Become Interesting Art at Buckham Gallery

April 19, 2011

FLINT — Got a few things laying around the house without any obvious use? 

Maybe an outdated roll of duct tape?

Buckham Gallery has the perfect solution, one that fuses creativity, frugality and just plain fun in an upcoming workshop entitled “Handmade Crafts with Amy Kelsey.” 

Kelsey, the former gallery assistant at Buckham, will show attendees how to make practical gifts from everyday items.

While Buckham hosts these interactive workshops about every month or so, Jen Sikora, the gallery manager, said this is an event that drew special inspiration from within the current exhibit “Relations.”

“One of the works up in our gallery right now is an installation piece where the artist took the objects and put them up on the wall, painting them a single color,” Sikora explained. 

“It’s all things you’d find around the house, but assembled in a really artful way.”

Its creator, Marc-Anthony Polizzi of St. Lee’s Summit, Mo., crafted the mixed-media piece using everything from furniture to home decor, instruments and appliances. It’s cleverly called “Get Down From There Before Someone Loses an Eye!” 

Sikora said the workshop will have a similar vibe. “It’s about taking items you wouldn’t necessarily think to use, but making really cool crafts out of them.”

Preregistration is required for this event. The fee of $15 per person covers supplies.

The “Relations” exhibit, which carries the themes of domesticity, family and social relationships, will remain on display at Buckham until April 30.

Visit the gallery from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 

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