The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 15, 2013

Beckley Art Group speaker to discuss assemblage at meeting

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — In preparation for its first 2014 exhibit, “Assemblage and Mixed Media,” Beckley Art Group has invited Tandi Stephens to speak at the October members’ meeting about assemblage.

Assemblage, while varied in definition, is known as a form of art in which the artist collects found objects and combines them to create two- or three-dimensional pieces.

Ron Bailey, president of BAG’s board of directors, is encouraging members and prospective members to attend.

Stephens was born and raised in West Virginia and graduated from the University of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in interior design. She then went to work for architecture firms in Chicago and shortly after, she moved to Colorado to attend the Boulder College of Massage Therapy program.

After graduating, Stephens took a job in Wyoming and joined a group called “Art and Debauchery,” which encouraged artists of all kinds to meet, critique and inspire one another. She said it was during that time she found the world of assemblage art.

“It was a perfect fit because of my heritage from the Appalachian way of life to use everything and find a use for anything,” Stephens said.

She has since lived in Katmai National Park and Alaska, but now lives in West Virginia with her life partner.

Stephens is a Tamarack juried artist, member of West Virginia Allied Artists and has recently worked on art for a film shot in West Virginia called “Angel’s Perch.”

The Beckley Art Group meeting will be held Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in the downstairs classroom of Beckley Art Center, 600 Johnstown Road, Beckley.

For more information, call 304-253-9226.

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