Visual artist Lana Shuttleworth mines street corners and trash piles for the material she transforms into layered mosaic landscapes.
"I'm taking something from the gutter and making it more beautiful, I hope,'' said Ms. Shuttleworth, one of three artists featured in the upcoming Ormond Memorial Art Museum show opening June 7. There will be a public reception that day for "Discarded Matter: Objects Reimagined.''
Making art by repurposing previously used objects is also the inspiration for Jamieson Thomas of Orlando and Aaron Kramer of Santa Monica, Calif. Both Ms. Shuttleworth of Jacksonville, and Ms. Thomas will be here for the reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will close Sept. 8.
Ms. Shuttleworth was a printmaker during her college days at Florida State University when she discovered the artistic value of orange traffic cones.
Peeling away the top layer, she discovered variations of hues and soon discovered her college art had caused her to "get bitten by the art bug and I never turned back.''
Ms. Thomas is an Orlando visual artist who has a keen interest in the environment and uses her art to bring awareness of issues. She has a master's degree in fine arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a bachelor's in business and fine art from Skidmore College.
Found objects find a home in Mr. Kramer's sculpture. "My work is often of a woven nature,'' he said. "Street sweeper bristles or reclaimed hardwoods are woven over welded steel armatures creating a skin.''
"Trash is the failure of imagination'' is his credo. "I have found that everyone who wants to be green doesn't want to be preached to.''
According to the EPA, the United States generates more than 250 million tons of waste each year. Roughly one third of it is recycled or composted.
Many communities are struggling with recycling and waste issues right now with the City of Ormond Beach recently changing its recycling policy and no longer accepting glass.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and noon to 4 p.m. on the weekend, except for holidays. Admission to the museum is a $2 voluntary donation.