Juried exhibit at Arthaus Projects sees local winner

Arthaus Projects has revealed the selected works for their fourth annual juried exhibition, “Repurposed,” focusing on the adaptive reuse of materials to create new art. The exhibit is on display at the gallery until Saturday.

Participating artists were asked to create an original piece of artwork that utilizes some sort of found object, or unusual recycled medium as the base for the piece.

Jurors from a variety of educational and artistic backgrounds reviewed the 125 entries that were submitted by 69 artists, to select the best 22 works that would fit in the gallery space. The 2019 Repurposed jurors included Kurt Herrmann (artist), Matthew Zarzyczny (civilian), Paul McGinn (recycling expert), and Joel Ryder (arts educator).

The works came from all over the world, with submissions from 17 different states and four different countries.

All entries that were not selected for the exhibition are currently on display as part of an online exhibition on the Arthaus Projects website.

All artists showing had a chance to win cash prizes and an exhibition at the gallery in 2020. Winners were announced during the opening on July 5.

Winning the first place prize of $250 and a 2020 exhibition at Arthaus Projects, was Marilyn Seeling, of Williamsport, for her sculpture “Showing Off.” The second place prize of $150 went to Edward E. Jonasen for “Enlightenment,” and the third place prize of $75 went to Megan Zick for “Acheroraptor.”

Seeling grew up in Williamsport and graduated from Penn State. Married with three adult children and six grandchildren, Seeling has always loved drawing, painting, sculpture and jewelry making.

“For the past ten years I’ve been particularly interested in making large animals and birds using recycled materials that would normally be thrown away,” she said.

In 2016, Seeling made a mask of recycled materials which was juried into the Philadelphia Flower Show and was awarded numerous prizes, including the highest score for the blue-ribbon winners. recently, one of her sculptures was juried into a national recycled show at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition.

Seeling’s first place sculpture of a peacock titled “Showing Off,” was made from two plastic milk cartons, plastic shampoo bottles, a broken green plastic garbage can which she cut in long strips for the tail feathers, phone cord used for the legs and feet, and glue caps used for the talons. Also used was green net potato bag, parts of a blue tarp and packaging paper.

The “Repurposed” exhibition at Arthaus Projects had entrees from those aged 11 to 74. Seeling knew immediately who the 74 was — herself.

“You can create and enjoy art your whole life,” she said.

Zick, one of the younger artists in the exhibition, is 24 years old and has a BFA in Studio Arts from Lock Haven University.

“Ever since I was young, I have had a different perspective on the world,” she said. “I can see every day ordinary objects and see them not as they are but for what they can become — sort of like a puzzle with many odd pieces.”

In “Repurposed,” Zick’s third place sculpture, “Acheroraptor,” is one of her four largest sculptures to date. She named it the “Acheroraptor” because it is similar to the size of the real-life dinosaur for which it is named.

“This sculpture is different from the smaller dinosaurs that I have made in the past,” she said. “Because of its larger size, I have to use new techniques and materials.”

An example of the new materials that Zick used to build her raptor are the soda cans it is constructed from.

“I couldn’t attach them the way I normally do with glue, so I learned how to pop rivet each can individually,” she said. “I had a lot of help when building the sculpture. To my friends that helped drink all the sodas, and to my professor who taught me new ways how to build it — I owe them a lot of gratitude for their help.”

For more information on the exhibit, visit arthausprojects.com/repurposed/.