A selection of new small mixed media art on canvas and panels by Eric Engstrom are being exhibited at the Annex, Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station, California through May 10th, 2009. GRO is open from 11am to 5pm daily except Tuesday, telephone: 415. 663 1347; website: www.galleryrouteone.org.
Using existing photographs of vernacular American buildings that have been converted to mixed media collage paintings, the exhibition focuses on underutilized small town buildings, their contextual presence in the landscape, and their transformation into to new cultural/artistic resources. The Hazen, Arkansas railroad depot is now a small local history museum, the railroad line having been abandoned many years before. Several North Adams, Massachusetts brick mill buildings have been creatively revitalized as the new Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMOCA), featuring edgy, avant-garde art exhibits.
The re-use of old buildings for new purposes is a way to preserve our heritage, as well as to recycle usable structures and supprt sustainable practices.