Michelle Echenique:  Found materials demonstration on Feb. 1

Michelle Echenique:  Found materials demonstration on Feb. 1

​On Wednesday, February 1, the Rossmoor Art Association (RAA) will present a demonstration by San Francisco mixed-media artist Michelle Echenique . The program will be from 1 to 3 p.m. in Art Studio One at Gateway. The RAA demonstrations are a unique opportunity to watch an artist at work.
 
Echenique is known for her use of found and recycled materials in both 2- and 3-dimensional work. She is always on the look-out for interesting finds, such as tattered cardboard, colorful shopping bags bottle caps, broken pieces of tile, even discarded window frames and broken table legs. These pieces then become the inspiration for her richly layered and textured work.
 
Her work includes collage, assemblage (wall art) and functional art, such as tables and chairs. She has also done environmental art installations and an on-going series “Cats I’ve Known,” inspired by her studio cat, Jerome.
 
“My art is about the marriage of disparate elements, such as paint and paper, rope and cardboard, color and black and white. I search for points of connection between the differences and weave them together to form a new, cohesive whole.”
 
For the RAA program, Echenique will demonstrate mixed-media collage using recycled papers. She will show how to add depth and texture to your work and talk about tools, techniques and supplies.
 
Echenique likes to let her work “come as it will through the limitation and integrity of the material.”  With collage, for example, “a message or story will surface and evolve until a clear direction comes to light.”
 
Echenique has exhibited extensively in both solo and group shows on the West Coast. Her most recent show, “Reduce, Reuse, Make Art,” was held at the Reclaimed Room Gallery in San Francisco and featured 3-dimensional works and several pieces from her cat series.
 
When not working in her own studio, Echenique is a teaching artist for the Art for City Youth and the Community Engagement projects, and is involved with Hayes Valley Art Works.
 
To see Echenique’s works, visit her Web site at michelleechenique.com. Then come and see how she makes these works come alive.
 
The RAA demonstations are free and open to all artists and non-artists. Doors to Studio One open at 12:30 p.m. Echenique will work from 1 to 3 p.m., with a short break for conversation and refreshments. For more information, contact Marcy Wheeler at marcy@marcywheeler.com or 787-9159.
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