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Rekindle latent creativity with local artist Ani Hoover

SPRINGVILLE — On Oct. 12, the Springville Center for the Arts will bring regional sculptor and painter Ani Hoover to Springville for two workshops that, she said, will “revitalize adults’ creative spirit and inspire children to unleash the amazing artistic potential contained in their household recycling bins.”

Educated in Missouri and Washington, D.C., the Buffalo-based artist’s work has recently shifted from large-scale paintings in multicolor explosions, to art with what she considers more of a “green” edge, environmentally speaking.

In a stated effort to utilize studio scraps and reuse old paintings, Hoover has been fine-tuning her more Earth-friendly art over the past few years, and, most recently, has begun exploring upcycling materials into soft sculpture forms, from found industrial materials.

Adult participants in the Bring Your Own Art workshop, are asked to bring their own works of art on paper or old prints and, with guidance from Hoover, will be taught how to cut and reconfigure their pieces into new, three-dimensional works.

The Rekindle Kids workshop will introduce children, ages 6-12-years-old, to the possibilities of upcycling and using some of the same materials that inspired Hoover to shift her creative focus from painting to sculpture.

The artist has said she will encourage the children to use their imaginations and found pieces, to create art of their own.

Both of Hoover’s workshops will be held on Oct. 12, at the Arts Underground, located at 66 East Main St. in Springville. The children’s workshop will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The adults’ class will run from 2-5 p.m.

Prospective participants may call the Springville Center for the Arts at 592-9038 to register.

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