Boomerang Gallery in Petaluma is mounting a new show later this week. The call for entries asks artists to use found objects. I used an old french poetry book and a McGuffey’s reader from 1857 as the core of this collage titled, “The Moral of the Story”. Along with acrylic paint and colored pencil, there is a scrap of a cool japanese calendar from Hida Tool in Berkeley and Joss paper from China.
I’m taking a new direction with my collage work. As a jeweler utilizes beautiful antique beads to make new necklaces, I have been collecting some rare ephemera to use in collage paintings. I found the old McGuffey’s reader at the Mountain Man festival in Santa Fe. Tattered and worn, with many torn pages, the book is not valuable on its own. As collage material, it is priceless.
Boomerang Gallery is at 46 Kentucky Street in Petaluma. 707-773-3222.