Arts Coun­cil: Up­com­ing events, Q&A with Sue Eyet

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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.

PHOTO COURTESY OF AN­N­MARIE HAMIL­TON

Sue Eyet, whose work will be dis­played at the arts coun­cil start­ing this week­end, poses for a pho­to­graph.

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