Honey for the Heart, a collaborative community art project, will be working with the Hocking College Art, Design and Marketing students to turn "trash into treasure" and create giant puppets out of repurposed materials for two weeks beginning April 28, 2014.
Artists Wendy Minor, Patty Mitchell, Robert Lockheed and Daniel Polnau will collaboratively work with large groups of students to utilize materials such as paper, fabric, cardboard, plastic and perceived junk to construct giant living sculptures of whimsical creatures. This collaboration allows artists to build new artworks, share ideas and combine methods to create innovative and unique works of art.
Hocking College Art Coordinating Instructor Mark Hackworth shared, "We are really excited to have these professional artists with us for two weeks. They will be working side-by-side with our students and encouraging the entire Hocking College community to participate. We believe this is the beginning of introducing community art residencies to our students, and providing hands on experience of how to use their artistic and organizing skills in developing community connection and encouraging cultural development."
This collaboration is the beginning of a larger community project. Artists will be transferring their work to the Nelsonville Square and settling within the Majestic Gallery to continue building the puppets and inviting the community to join.
The puppets will make their first appearance at the Nelsonville Music Festival on May 29, 2014.