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Passion Play Works

January 2017

Most artists are passionate about their work, so what makes these three special?

Their passion starts with the hunt for materials. From scrap metal to found objects, they are avid collectors and sometimes live for decades with objects that eventually evolve into magnificent, artistic creations.

Madeleine Lord carefully selects scrap metal and assembles what she calls “a 3-D crazy quilt” where each scrap, interesting in its own right, becomes something else entirely when included in a larger work.

Philip Marshall creates sculptures with everything from found cast iron bath tubs to rubber balls to steel and aluminum mesh. He is drawn to public art for its scale and “because of its potential as ‘gateway art’ that may awaken an interest in art for those who rarely visit a gallery or museum.”

Stephen Paulson is an enthusiastic collector of other people’s cast offs. He is dedicated to “giving things new life” and finds joy in creating new uses for things, especially things everyone else has deemed useless. Over the years, he’s realized that he wants to “tell a story with each piece … find a new use for each part … and bring a bit of humor to the final sculpture.”

Passion Play will open in the Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road in Whitinsville, MA on Friday, January 6 and will run through February 24th.  The public is invited to attend the opening reception with complimentary refreshments on January 6th from 4:30 – 7:30 PM. Come meet these three exceptional artists and see their passionate and playful work.

Regular Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, as well as weekends and evenings by appointment. For more information, contact Cristi Collari at (508) 234-6232 or Cristi.Collari@AlternativesNet.org.

The New Uxbridge Times
January 2017