Art walk at Upstairs Artspace June 13

Published 4:06 pm Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Walk & Talk tour of new exhibits at the Upstairs Artspace is scheduled for Sunday, June 13, at 2 p.m. The exhibits are Materials, Unexpected and Rat: Bot.

Several Materials artists will talk informally about this environmentally correct show that emphasizes art made with recycled and found objects and organic matter. Some unusual materials incorporated into the art are sprinkler heads, pig feeder covers, bottlecaps, tea bags, bees, birdseed, pantyhose, kudzu and scrap metal.

Rat: Bot created a buzz at the opening last week. The exhibit presents eight larger-than-life-size rats by the innovative sculptor Ripp Smith. Smith plans to talk about why he focused on rats for a provocative series and demonstrate how he created the sculpture from plywood.

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In its 12th year, Walk & Talk features artists in current exhibits talking about their art work – what inspires them, work habits, and various techniques, materials and equipment they use to make art. Sometimes they share life stories and personal world views as they apply to what they make.

The program lasts one hour and is free to the public. Call 828-859-2828 for information.