Gallery Talk at Art Museum

The Global Education and Peace Network would like to invite you to their program “The Work of Michelle Stitzlein: A Gallery Talk with the Artist,” on Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. to be held in the Springfield Museum of Art, 107 Cliff Park Road in Springfield, Ohio. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. At this program, Michelle Stitzlein will be explaining her current work at the museum, “Industrial Nature.” This exhibit features visually dramatic, large scale sculptures composed of a range of recycled and found materials. Light refreshments will be served.

Stitzlein, a Baltimore, Ohio based artist, produces her work in a converted Grange Hall turned studio.  Stitzlein’s materials are unusual: she utilizes objects most people would discard such as bottle caps, piano keys, electrical wires, license plates and garden hoses. A graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design, Stitzlein has taught workshops and served as an artist-in-residence at elementary schools, art camps, and arts festivals. She has assisted children all over the US to make colorful murals and whimsical outdoor sculptures utilizing thousands of bottle caps that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Her how-to books “Bottlecap Little Bottlecap” and “Cool Caps!” are used as resources for parents and teachers and projects from both books have been represented in Ranger Rick magazine as well as on HGTV. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in galleries and museums nationwide., Columbus, OH.

The Global Education and Peace Network started after the City conducted study circles following the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. Their goal is to educate and build bridges across cultures.  This year their theme is: “Revisiting Our Roots: Promoting Intercultural Understanding.” EarthCare served as a theme for the series last year, and so they revisit this theme with recycled art during April, when Earth Day is also celebrated.. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Nancy Flinchbaugh (937) 324-7696.