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Three-dimensional black and white sculptures are one of the assignments children from summer art programs around Decatur created. Many of the assignments this summer focused on 3-D art, and students used local sculptor Dennis Brickell's work as an example. Brickell's work was recently on display at the Carnegie.
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Three-dimensional black and white sculptures are one of the assignments children from summer art programs around Decatur created. Many of the assignments this summer focused on 3-D art, and students used local sculptor Dennis Brickell's work as an example. Brickell's work was recently on display at the Carnegie.

One man's junk is another man's art
Carnegie Center exhibits sculptures, mannequins and more created by local youths

By Danielle Komis Palmer
dpalmer@decaturdaily.com · 340-2447

The bright colors and variety of shapes will immediately put a smile on your face when you walk into the Carnegie Visual Arts Center's new young-artist exhibit

Junk sculptures crafted from Tupperware containers, Styrofoam balls, ornaments and fabric decorate the windowsills. Mannequins created by casting other students with clear packing tape are propped in the corners like silent people, one adorned with a sombrero and another with a grass skirt. Three-dimensional snakes made from men's neckties hang from a chandelier.

The "What I Did During Summer Vacation" exhibit that opened Friday, features creations from more than 100 art students in local summer art programs. Pre-school students to high school students from Camp Carnegie, The School of Fine Arts at First Baptist Church, The Artist Within and the students of Jackie Goode all contributed work.

Much of the students' art was inspired by local sculptor Dennis Brickell, whose work was recently on display at the Carnegie, said Kathryn Silvestri, marketing and exhibits coordinator.

Brickell recycled aluminum cans and window frames in his sculptures, so Camp Carnegie students also created 3-D recycled art pieces such as melted plastic soda bottles made to look like flowers. They also painted cardboard boxes combined to make a totem pole. The exhibit features hundreds of creative pieces that could make the viewer rethink his definition of art.

The exhibit is open until Aug. 25.

If you go:

What: “What I Did
During Summer Vacation,” works by young artists

from local summer arts camps.

Where: Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 207 Church St. N.E., Decatur

When: Aug. 10-25, Tuesday through Saturday

Admission is free, though donations are accepted.

Call 341-0562 for more information.

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