Arts Council: Upcoming events, Q&A with Sue Eyet
Tonight! Sue Eyet’s solo exhibition, “Life in Fragments” and the partner show, “Fragments of Life” opens to the public with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Dave Massimiano will play acoustic guitar while you enjoy light refreshments and shop.
The gallery exhibitions and the Holiday Art Mart will be availableable for your shopping and viewing pleasure through December. Many of the artists have discounted their items and there is definitely something you will love for even your hardest-to-please gift recipient. If you aren’t able to venture out on Friday evening, the arts council will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and, if these hours don’t suit your needs, feel free to call and we will open at your request. Normal hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but we are always willing to help Santa.
The arts council will have a float in the town of North East’s Annual Christmas Parade. Beginning at noon, there will be live music, floats, marching bands, a puppet show, caped super-heroes, dancing and more! This is the largest parade in the county and we are honored to be included.
The Port House Grill on Main Street in North East will host the last gallery exhibition of 2016. Tommy Torres will hang his abstract acrylic paintings through the month of December and will have a reception, free and open to the public on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. He will also have some of his jewelry available for purchase, too. Come early, enjoy refreshments and shop, shop, shop.
Sue Eyet answered some questions for the arts council.
Arts Council: How did you get into art?
Sue Eyet: Totally self-taught and always creative, my passion for art led me to experiment with different mediums. After opening Susquehanna Country Crafts and becoming involved with local artists, I met a friend who was trying to complete his book, “The Fine Art of the Tin Can”. I ended up creating pieces for the book, and found that my life was changed forever. Fixated on using items others would deem, “trash”, I transform them into brand new works of art.
AC: What type of art do you create?
SE: Repurposed! Kinetic! Steampunk! I love making three-dimensional works and have an entire line of mobiles, which are on exhibit through December at the Cecil County Arts Council. I also create exquisite pieces of jewelry, some of which are also on display at the arts council.
AC: Who are your artistic inspirations?
SE: Besides all of my artistic friends who are near and dear to my heart, my top two favorites are Alexander Calder, known as the originator of the mobile, and Keith LoBue, jeweler, sculptor, teacher and self-described “stuffsmith.”
AC: What do you enjoy about your work?
SE: Besides being able to get lost in my work, so much so that it takes my mind off of the more challenging experiences in life, I love being able to give to others. For more than nine years, I have been the resident artist/art services coordinator at Ashley Addiction, Inc., where I help people build self-confidence through jew- elry making classes. The welcoming and healing environment has allowed me to meet thousands of amazing people, all of whom I love and adore. Watching them heal is good for my soul.
AC: What is your favorite piece, and is there any story behind it?
SE: My favorite piece (that I did not create) is the “Banjo Playing Chicken,” fashioned by my dear friend Al Moolenschot. My favorite piece that I created is the one on the front of my postcard for the arts council’s show, entitled, “Fragments of Life #3.” AC: What’s next on the horizon? SE: It would be a dream come true to have a show in a museum and, with just a little luck, one day you will find my pieces in a traveling Smithsonian exhibit (although I would settle for the Philadelphia Art Museum)!
Annmarie Hamilton is executive director for the Cecil County Arts Council, 135 E. Main Street in Elkton. For more on the arts council or to share your art news, contact Annmarie at 410-392-5740 or annmarie@ cecilcountyartscouncil. org. Visit the arts council online at cecilcountyartscouncil.org.
Sue Eyet, whose work will be displayed at the arts council starting this weekend, poses for a photograph.