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“Refused Refuse” art show & reception at Decorah Library

Decorah Public Library is hosting an exhibition of works by mixed media paint artist Melanie Heindl in April and May. A reception for Heindl will be held Saturday April 18, 1-2 p.m., on the 2nd floor of the library. The public is invited to come and meet the artist, view the show, and enjoy light refreshments provided by the Decorah Regional Arts Council (DRAC).
When Apr 18, 2009
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where in the Mezzanine
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Decorah Public Library is hosting an exhibition of works by mixed media paint artist Melanie Heindl in April and May. A reception for Heindl will be held Saturday April 18, 1-2 p.m., on the 2nd floor of the library. The public is invited to come and meet the artist, view the show, and enjoy light refreshments provided by the Decorah Regional Arts Council (DRAC).

 

Heindl describes her work by saying “I consider myself a mixed media paint artist, but I tend to use a lot of oils. I typically do an underpainting of acrylic and add any sculptural elements at that point as well. From there, I do the painting over all of this in oils. My paintings tend to be very thick and textured, as I try to incorporate as much as I can into them. I’m huge into recycling and sustainability, so I use a lot of left-overs and other random stuff in my works. I view it as a commentary on our wasteful society and an attempt to purely recycle.”

 

Heindl’s current library show, “Refused Refuse,” is “based a lot on re-usable items. I really tried to scrounge and save up every little item I could to incorporate into the works… I’ve been very inspired by the sustainability efforts that have taken place in Decorah as well as at Luther College, so that has become a real focus for me. The title of my show references the rejected trash we throw out every day. Not everyone sees the beauty or use in it!”

 

A lifelong lover and creator of art, Heindl recalls receiving her first easel from her parents at the age of five or six. Inspired by art of the late 19th century to the present, Heindl says that she draws a little bit from each of the movements represented in that time period. Some of her favorite art is from the German Expressionist period (because of its raw emotion) and two of her favorite artists are Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.

 

Heindl has exhibited her work at Lawrence University. In the future, she hopes to use all salvaged and/or eco-friendly materials and would like to begin mixing her own paints and making them vegan, as well as using cruelty-free paint supplies. She’d also like to try her hand at tile-work and mosaicing.

 

Heindl is a native of Wisconsin who earned a BA in Art History and English and a minor in Studio Art from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, in 2004. She is currently a Hall Director at Luther College and will begin graduate work in Art Therapy at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee this summer.  

 

The Decorah Public Library Mezzanine Gallery has been a joint project of the Decorah Public Library and the Decorah Area Regional Arts Council (DRAC) since 1998. The Gallery is open to the public Monday-Thursday 10 am-8 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 1-4 pm.

 

Anyone interested in exhibiting artwork in the Gallery should contact Ellen Macdonald at macdonel@luther.edu or Kristin Torresdal at 382-3717.