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    Glen Echo Park's Park View Gallery presents the work of emerging visual artists, including Glen Echo Park instructors and advanced students at Glen Echo Park.

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Abbey Alpern
Out of the Box  |  April 1 - 29, 2023

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 1, 6 - 8 pm

The Park View Gallery presents Out of the Box, a solo exhibition of collages by artist Abbey Alpern. Using the leftover cardboard delivery boxes she started collecting during the pandemic, Alpern creates collages resembling local landscapes and abstract compositions. This body of work calls attention to the abundance of waste leftover from everyday consumerism and highlights her resourcefulness as an artist to turn refuse into works of art.

Artist Biography
Abbey Alpern works in various media, including repurposed materials. She studied art at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland and has taken classes at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland. In 2013, she was an artist-in-residence at St. Elizabeth School, leading a project based on her mini-art museum rooms. In 2010, Alpern was featured on Voice of America.

Artist Statement
I like to use repurposed materials to create art. I would rather incorporate “throwaway” objects into my works than have them end up as landfill. 

During the pandemic, cardboard boxes have been in great abundance due to all the deliveries coming to our house.  I have used these boxes as the primary material in my collages. I like the three-dimensionality of the cardboard collages that I can use to create landscapes. My husband and I often go to the C&O Canal, a treasure of our local area. We like to ride our recumbent trikes, which gives me an opportunity to see the canal from a unique perspective. Much of the work in this exhibit is inspired by what I have seen on the canal, particularly between Sycamore Landing and Violette’s Lock. Shenandoah National Park is another treasure of our area.

Prior to the pandemic and the many deliveries, I used repurposed materials to make wire sculptures including abandoned wire from telephone installations, plastic mesh bags from grocery purchases, and buttons that a friend’s family had collected over 100 years. I also used beads, pipe cleaners, burlap, door screening and whatever else I find interesting. Photos of these additional works are available on my website: https://www.abbeyartstudio.org/


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