Five Northwest artists showcase use of found, recycled objects in exhibit

by University Communications,

Five Northwest artists will showcase their use of found, recycled and discarded treasures in the Hatfield Library throughout February.

The exhibit, "Sacred Scraps," opens Feb. 1 at 4:30 p.m., with demonstrations from the artists and a drawing to win pieces of the art. Admission is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

The artists — Stephanie Brockway, Tory Brokenshire, Shelly Caldwell, Jennifer Campbell and Dayna Collins — will share both their creative process and finished work.

“We all are junkers and Dumpster divers and lovers of rusty, well-loved bits,” Collins says. “In the exhibit, we will not only have finished pieces of art, but also books by artists who have inspired us, raw materials and the tools we use.”

Campbell says the display is unique because it provides a window into the artists’ inspirations.

“Items I use in my work are discovered while on treasure hunts through estate sales and antiques markets in the U.S. and in Europe,” she says.

“Recycling and repurposing clock gears and the inner workings of watches into my found-object jewelry and assemblages allows me to create stories that blend real history, some science and a sense of romance.”

The exhibit is sponsored by the Mark O. Hatfield Library.

For more information, contact Dayna Collins,