In 2017, Wayne County Council for the Arts offered a new exhibit to celebrate its 40th anniversary called “Anything Goes.” It was so successful that the gallery invited its members and the public to participate in this year’s exhibit, which is on display through June 30.
As the title indicates, the exhibit accepted any kind of art pieces that showed the artist was thinking outside of the box.
This year’s judge, Martha Schermerhorn, works in many materials, but mostly in the artist book form for its multifaceted possibilities as channels for self-expression. Her work has shown nationwide, including the Finger Lakes exhibition at Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester. She shares her love of book arts at galleries, libraries, schools and art stores by conducting workshops and classes. Schermerhorn recently marked her ninth year as an artist-in-residence teaching book arts at Fairport High School. She previously judged area student and club art shows.
Dianne Murphy Eagle is exhibiting works in the Chris Fayad Members’ Gallery. Her signature on completed works is the back of a shiny dime with the words “e pluribus unum,” which she roughly translates as “from many we are one.” Her art is created with various natural and manmade treasures that are combined into one overall image. Eagle chose this symbol because she likes to collaborate with other artists to produce one unified piece of art. She worked in a great number of materials, techniques and styles as an art teacher for grades 6-12 for 31 years. Since retiring 10 years ago, she narrowed her focus in her own work to embellished monoprints, mixed media assemblages and collages, photography and fiber arts.
Eagle’s ideas start in thrift stores and antique shops as she gathers treasures, including litter or candids of people interacting with their environments or each other. She ties the image together using fabrics, jewelry, paints, magazine images, her own monoprints and photos.
Wayne Art Gallery, 108 W. Miller St., Newark, is open from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursdays-Sundays and by appointment. Admission is free. Call (315) 331-4593, email info@wayne-arts.com or visit wayne-arts.com for information.