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May and June Art Exhibit

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Artworks by Michael J. Wing

Louisiana Moss, by Michael J Wing


Illustration: “Louisiana Moss” (Photo by Baldwin)

The Library’s Spring exhibition is a collection of work by Michael Wing of New Salem Road, Wendell. Mike displays paintings, drawings, two metal sculptures, and wood toys in both the Herrick Room and the Main Room Display Case.

Filling the Herrick Room are two-dimensional works in watercolor and acrylic along with two pen and ink drawings and one metal sculpture. The medium size paintings are all done in very bright colors and filled with energetic marks made by numerous brush strokes. The two drawings in the show are also replete with many small detailed shapes creating a patterned surface. This emphasis on pattern and surface texture, coupled with intense colors, makes for an upbeat, lively show.

All are welcome to the artist’s reception on Saturday, May 20th, at the Library, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

Largely self-taught Mike has been making things since a child and has great fun putting together art work in a variety of materials. He has a fascinating collection of metal sculptures he has made out of old nails, washers, nuts and bolts, car parts, springs and whatever ever other metal parts he can get his hands on. His three dimensional work is especially whimsical and humorous. He has two of these pieces in the show.

Mr. Wings has taken many art classes over the years, though his experience while incarcerated may have given his creative energy an accidental boost. While institutionalized, Mike began to make small two-dimensional drawings and paintings out of typing paper and whatever other materials he could use to make marks. He used ball point and Bic Pilot pens to make drawings and then added coffee and coffee creamer for a variety of shades of brown. He used fruit and vegetable juices and other food items to make colored pigments. Later he used the colored sugar coatings of peanut M&Ms, mixed with water, to make a wider range of colors. When he was able to take art classes there, he continued to refine and enrich his work. Later Mike enlarged many of these small pieces turning them into greetings cards, a number of which are in the Display Case at the Library. He also uses some of these earlier images as the basis for larger paintings in acrylic and mixed media.

Swiss Pass, by Michael J Wing

Illustration: “Swiss Pass” (Photo by Baldwin)

Mike has shown his work at the Jones Library in Amherst, and the Co-op in Brattleboro where he plans to show again soon. He has also displayed and sold his work at numerous crafts fairs.

He can be reached at (413) 559-8133.

Richard Baldwin
May 4, 2017


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