A Parkland College alumna who recently studied at the prestigious Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts will provide a lecture about the experience Tuesday, Nov. 19, at noon in the Parkland Art Gallery.
A 2012 recipient of the Parkland Fine and Applied Arts Metals Award, artist Ruta Rauber also won the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts Scholarship before earning her Associate in Fine and Applied Arts degree from Parkland last May. Her talk, titled “’Beyond the Bezel’ or ‘Junk Drawer Rhapsody,’” will discuss the workshop of a similar name she attended at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in June 2013. Along with discussing her experience there, Rauber will also show her work created at that time.
“Beyond the Bezel” gave Rauber the opportunity to explore the use of cold connections (rivets, tubing, prongs, etc.) in combination with found objects. Her supply kit not only included sheets of copper and brass, copper wire and solder but also foreign coins, bottle caps, postage stamps, game pieces, metal scraps and other ephemera.
“The use of cold connections allows me the freedom to assemble components that would not normally go together,” she said through her artist statement. “I am drawn to collage and mixed media and am challenged in combining old with new, traditional with nontraditional, permanent with ephemeral. Objects that would otherwise be cast off or forgotten in a junk drawer are given a new life as pieces of wearable art.” Rauber is continuing her exploration of metal smithing and ceramics at Parkland.