Local artist Rebecca Grace Jones demonstrates her unique vision and creativity in a new one-woman show, "Artplay at 60 - Using the Daily News as Inspiration," in January at the AHA Fire Hall Gallery, 108 N. George St., Charles Town. Sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Alliance (AHA!) of Jefferson County, the free show opens to the public on Sunday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. The exhibit will run through Jan. 29.
Jones has used the cover photo and story of the Washington Post newspaper for inspiration to create a piece of artwork, in image and word, every day in the month of December 2013. She presents the results at the January 2014 show.
"As an artist I have two needs," Jones says, "one, the challenge of creating something, and two, someone to show it to. This means that in the 60 years I've been walking around on this earth I've not evolved much from the child who would bound out of bed in the morning eager to see what I could scribble together with my crayons and then run to show it to my mother."
Jones says of her December project, "Having spent 2012 completing the 365 projects from Noah Scalin's book, Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life, where I was given ideas, I find now, that in order to keep up the daily practice of creating, I am in a position of having to make up my own assignments. Using the cover photo and story from the Washington Post for inspiration, I find something to draw or collage and write about, either as a synopsis of the story or a poem in haiku form."
More of Jones' December creations can be viewed on her blog, www.wordkeepers.blogspot.com/2013/12/post-square-120913-all-about-weather.html.
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