Wednesday, October 24, 2012


The diverse work of collagist Marsha Pippenger will be on display at historic Bear's Mill through Sunday, November 25. The exhibit opens Friday, October 26 with a reception that offers light appetizers and wine from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. “An art form which has been around for centuries, collage is created when an artist glues paper and other materials to a rigid support; Marsha's work could be called 'paper paintings,' as she uses paper instead of paints to fill her colorful canvases,” explained Bear's Mill retail manager and gallery coordinator Julie Clark.

Marsha Pippenger says that creating art is stimulating, enriching and fun, and covers the spectrum of emotions and experiences; her work communicates the joy she finds in that creation. The show at Bear's Mill will feature her “Wall Series,” two sets of images in different media: collage on canvas and colored pencil on Bristol board. The series was inspired when the Dayton resident was asked to design a prayer wall, which stimulated thought about walls in general and the colors of certain emotions and prayers. “I hope that one of these colored walls will speak to you of hope, peace, joy or compassion,” says the Kennedy Center trained artist and educator.

According to Ms. Clark, Pippenger's art reflects the collagist's philosophy that art is essential to the world, recording history and reminding humans of their humanity. “Marsha believes that art feeds and fills the soul; her unique, imaginative work beautifully expresses those tenets,” Ms. Clark stated.

“Art At the Mill” has received funding from the Ami McClurkin Community Fund, held by the HOPE Foundation of Darke County, and also receives support from Darke County Endowment for the Arts. The art exhibit is on view during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. daily. Historic Bear's Mill is operated by Friends of Bear's Mill, a non-profit organization, and is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or

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