Artworks by Susan Beardsley will be on display at the Maser Gallery at Falmouth Community Television from June 30 through August 3, 2017. The public is invited to attend the Opening Reception on Sunday, July 9, from 3:00-5:00pm. Susan Beardsley is an artist who works with glass, metal, wood and fiber, using recycled material almost exclusively. These “raw” materials have been found at the dump, in dumpsters, alongside the road or in the woods. As she looks at a thrown-away object, she will often see how it can be re-used. The art Susan creates is a personal expression of her value system: creating order from a pile of disposed materials, wanting to help “save the planet” by re-using as much as possible and having fun at the same time.
“I enjoy redefining the once-functional value of a piece’s individual parts,” says Susan, “making a unified whole and shifting the focus of original function toward a new purpose of beauty or practicality. I see others observe the work, puzzling out what an individual part was and what the whole now represents. They are being stimulated to think in new ways, and this is the essence of art.”
Ms. Beardsley holds degrees from Wellesley College and Boston University. She has exhibited throughout Cape Cod, in Boston and Connecticut, and has participated in unique venues such as the Falmouth Recycling Committee Art Show, Franklin Park Zoo Animal Sculpture Exhibit, Woods Hole Found Art Show and various stained glass exhibits.
Susan’s great interest in public-spirited art is reflected in her active involvement with Cape Cod’s art community. She has been the leader of many group projects, teaching others the value of “re-using” materials and the techniques needed to accomplish this. Projects include work with groups in Woods Hole creating sculptural gifts of rusty oceanographic instruments; curating several “Found Art” shows, gathering fellow artists who use natural or recycled material and running workshops where both children and adults learned to make their own recycled pieces; and donating pieces to public places wherever possible. Falmouth Hospital, Falmouth Public Library, Falmouth Academy, Falmouth Bike Path and Spohr Gardens are a few of the local spots where one may find a Beardsley original!
Maser Gallery Exhibit Hours: Sun: 2-10 p.m.; Mon: 2-10 p.m.; Tue-Wed-Thu: 10-10 p.m.; Fri: 10-6 p.m. Sat: Closed