For the month of November, The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs will host Nature Transformed, an art exhibit featuring work by Patricia Collins, Donna Dunnahoe, and Martha Maples. Their artworks are created from natural materials and transformed into new creations. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 1, 2012.
Patricia Collins, a glass artists and multi-medium artist, creates whimsical pieces that reflect the insect word. Her fused-glass butterflies and bugs shimmer with light reflections. The featured piece is a multi-media piece called Tree of Life, a tree created from television antenna and fused-glass television sets and leaves.
“This represents what we as humans choose to feed our souls and glean wisdom,” Collins said. “The television antenna is growing out of the earth to bring forth all the wisdom of the network programmers. Nature provides the vine to stabilize the antenna, which also brings forth the leaves of healing.”
Donna Dunnahoe is a fiber artist that mainly uses the coil weaving technique. She creates baskets and forms with natural fibers; some of them woven through fused glass or ceramic forms. Old Tree at Sunset and Old Tree at Sunrise are weavings through fused glass and were inspired by a hike up to Goat Rock in Hot Springs National Park.
Maples, a traditional quilt maker for twenty-six years, has made and restored over one hundred quilts. She donates the quilts to charitable causes, family members, and friends. While living in Texas, Martha was a member of Baytown Quilt Guild and had been a member of the Hot Springs Quilt Guild before her night driving was restricted. She is currently a teacher for the Diamondhead Quilt Guild. Her passion is to teach new beginners about the art and the importance of keeping quilt history alive.
All three artists will be at the Nov. 16, 3rd Fridays at FAC to discuss their history, inspirations, and processes. The Fine Arts Center is located on 626 Central Avenue in Hot Springs and is open from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday – Saturday, and till 9:00 pm on 1st and 3rd Fridays. The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and its support is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.