Union artist Kathy Felch will present her “Upcycled and Repurposed” exhibition at the Hall Gallery at LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus in Damariscotta from Saturday, Jan. 6 through Friday, Feb. 9. The exhibit features 20 wood and linoleum block prints on recycled papers surrounded by repurposed frames. A portion of the sale price for any art sold in this exhibit will go to benefit the Miles Memorial Hospital League.
Felch’s work reflects her passion for connecting the past with the present while being resourceful. “Upcycling discarded items from thrift store shelves stirs my imagination,” she said. “My process is simple: I use repurposed picture frames to surround my canvases of sheet music, dictionary pages, brown bags, or handmade fine papers. I then apply my image, which I carve out of wooden blocks from my kindling pile. Matching these discarded objects with one of my carvings ignites my artistic expression. Each one is unique and breathes new life into the materials that have once been forgotten.”
Originally from New Hampshire, she and her husband moved to Maine to raise their family, where they have remained for more than 23 years. She stayed at home to raise her three boys, where she learned to be creative, an approach she applies to her artwork. In 2007, Felch earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art from the University of Maine at Augusta, where she studied watercolor painting and was introduced to the art of printmaking. She sometimes mixes the two forms of media together to produce her work. She works from her home studio in Union.
Felch has shown her work at the Danforth Gallery at the University of Maine at Augusta and Bread of Life Kitchen, Augusta; Highlands Cafe, Thomaston; The Badger Cafe, Union; Damariscotta’s River Arts gallery; the Brunswick 10×10 Show, Brunswick; The Local Hub, Locke Mills; and The Shy, Novice and Closeted Artist Show and The Elements Gallery, in Bethel.