Taking shape

Published 5:06 am Wednesday, April 10, 2013

photo courtesy james amerson A member of The Jardin Foundry demonstrates how to make art using melted aluminum

photo courtesy james amerson
A member of The Jardin Foundry demonstrates how to make art using melted aluminum

Local artists interested in taking part in the upcoming ARTmore festival are getting a few extra days to get their submissions into the mix — and those artists will be joining the likes of Truette Stubbs, who will be demonstrating a unique art form when the festival premiers next month.

Stubbs, a part of The Jardin Foundry in Pensacola, will be in town demonstrating how to make art using melted aluminum. But his art will also include a hands-on aspect for any curious patron wanting to try their hand at the out of the ordinary process.

Meredith Doyen, executive director at Pensacola’s First City Art Center, said local artists regularly use their facilities to make and display their work. She said she was particularly impressed when Stubbs’ group demonstrated their process Friday.

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“It’s amazing,” Doyen said. “They did kind of a portable foundry. It was neat to have people here who normally wouldn’t be.”

Doyen said she believes Stubbs’ art will have the same effect in Atmore.

Doyen said her company has been partnering with The Jardin Foundry in an effort to get the word out about both of their groups, adding she believes people in Atmore will be in for a real treat when the group sets up shop in May.

“We’re kind of the middle man on that,” she said. “We had an event on Friday here at the center where a the foundry came in and did that here. They are making a name for themselves here, so we thought we should do something together.”

Doyen said one of the most surprising aspects of Stubbs’ work is how quick and easy it is.

“It’s perfect for something like ARTmore,” she said. “Anyone can do it. My 6-year-old son did one. It’s also something you can actually take with you when you’re done. If you were to do glass blowing or pottery, you typically have to wait a day or two for it to dry or set. This is fast and very personal.”

So how does melted aluminum equal fast and unique art?

“They have these things called scratch blocks,” Doyen said. “They are like sanded resin molds like a square or circle. You can scratch a design into that and scratch your picture in any way you want. Then they pour the aluminum in and pop it out.”

Doyen said the process allows for very simple images, as well as very complex designs.

“I was amazed what some people were able to do,” she said.

And The Jardin Foundry is just one of the many artists scheduled to display, demonstrate and sell their work along the streets of Atmore when ARTmore kicks off.

James Amerson, the organizer of the event, said he has pushed back the deadline for artists who would like to attend and be a part of the fledgling event.

Those interested should submit three digital images of their best work via email no later than Friday, April 19.

The first ARTmore event will take place Saturday, May 18 from 4 until 8 p.m.

Amerson said he is also happy to announce that six of the most deserving artists’ work will be selected for a special display at ARTmore. Afterwards, the works will be donated to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ Wind Creek Casino and Hotel for display in their permanent collection.

Submissions for ARTmore should be emailed to artmore@gmail.com