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Day Trip: Recycled with style

Rockford artists turn discarded items into art

Published: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
(Photo submitted by Freeport Art Museum)
The empty Hoffman Fur Building in downtown Freeport is the site of a pop-up art exhibit featuring four Rockford artists. Starting Aug. 23, the site will house artwork made from salvaged materials. The exhibition is provided by the Freeport Art Museum.

FREEPORT – Something unusual is going on courtesy of the Freeport Art Museum – a pop-up exhibition called Refind.

It won't be found at the museum, though. The exhibition will be downtown in a vacant building at 28 W. Main St., where four Rockford artists, Jesus Correa, John Deill, Jeremy Klonicki, and Carmen Turner transform salvaged materials into art. The exhibit will start Aug. 23.

Correa's current work leans toward sculpting. He also is an illustrator who will have a comic book published this year.

Deill uses materials he repaints and reassembles. "My work has been involved with found objects, materials, and imagery for many years now," he said in a news release.

Klonicki is attracted to forgotten items. He, too, transforms relics into art, working with machine parts he salvages from factories and old churches.

Turner works with reclaimed materials. For the exhibit, she aimed at knitting and felting wood, softening them with paint.

The displays will show how to recycle with style.

After a visit to the pop-up exhibit, the museum itself is available for exploration. Its permanent galleries are:

– The Dedrick Native American: Items displayed include baskets, Kachina dolls from the Southwest and pottery. The artwork covers the Americas.

– Rawleigh European: Art in the form of sculptures, paintings, and prints that ranges from the 15th century to the 20th is featured. The works are from England, Germany, Italy and other European nations.

– Near and Far East: Six themes are found in the gallery. Visitors will "travel" to China, India, Egypt, Indonesia and Japan. Along the way, they will encounter Elements of Architecture, Burial Practices, Elements of Writing, Philosophy and Religion, the Arts of China, and Textile Traditions. The exhibits rotate throughout the year, so return visitors can find something new.

– African and Oceanic: A ceremonial "spirit canoe" from New Guinea and African granary doors welcome guests to this gallery. Works from West Africa, Australia, New Guinea, and Madagascar make up the collection.

– Cathy Hiveley Student: Art teachers display their students' work for a local touch.

If you go

What: Refind, a pop-up exhibition

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, beginning Aug. 23

Where: 28 W. Main St., Freeport (vacant building at the corner of Main Street and Van Buren Avenue, downtown)

Admission: No charge; donations accepted.

What: Freeport Art Museum

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: 121 N. Harlem Ave., Freeport

Admission: Suggested donations, $3 adults, $2 seniors and students, or $10 family

Information: Visit freeportartmuseum.com or call 815-235-9755

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