May 13 is World Collage Day, an annual, international celebration of collage, one of the most popular and pervasive forms of art, including in Rockport where a variety of exhibitions, events and workshops are planned.
The Rockport Center for the Arts (RCA) is hosting a special collage exhibition in its Mendez Family Gallery on the main level. It began May 5, and will run through June 8, featuring works created by RCA member artists, including award-winning collage artist Kelly Schaub.
A Rockport resident and RCA board member, Schaub has self-published several collections of collage, has been featured in multiple publications, curated international collage exhibits, and launched Collage-Lab.com in 2020, an online resource for collage artists. She will share her perspective on the art in History of Collage and Survey of Collage, a two-part lecture series, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 4 and 11 in the RCA’s June Ainsworth Studio.
“I love the accessibility of collage. No drawing or painting skills are necessary, and materials can be sourced from junk mail, old books, and recycled magazines,” said Schaub. “World Collage Day is an opportunity to share this approachable art form with everyone in our community.”
Schaub and other collage artists will share their expertise in a series of hands-on RCA workshops in May:
• Playing with Paper/All Things Collage with Kelly Schaub (May 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) - Tips and tricks to produce outstanding mixed media collages
• Collage with Bonnie Prouty (May 9, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) - Painting and collage techniques on canvas
• Little Art Books: Mixed Media Exploration with Lyn Belisle (May 13, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) - Collage techniques and bookmaking to create personal journals.
Coinciding with World Collage Day is the monthly Austin Street Art Walk, a free, alfresco, walkable art experience featuring art galleries, art spaces, and other businesses located along Austin Street in the Rockport Cultural Arts District.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will include a number of collage-themed activities for the public, including the RCA Free Family Saturday activity, a project for kids to complete with their families (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and a Community Collage project hosted by Moon Over Water Gallery.
Collage-themed exhibits will also be on display at The Gallery @ Anita Diebel Studio, the Aransas County Library, and more. A complete list of special activities and exhibits can be found at www.local-glue.com.
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