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All Buttoned Up: Helene Plank

Register here for Helene Plank’s presentation on Monday, May 10 at 2 p.m.

Free Artist Talk & Button Art Workshop

Monday, May 10, 2021 at 2:00 pm 

Join local artist Helene Plank as she discusses her button mosaics composed of hand-sewn discarded buttons and beads on raw canvas. “I combine a variety of shapes, sizes and textures to achieve a specific mood or feeling. My mosaics are influenced by artist Georges Seurat and his technique of optical blending. The highlights and shadows are formed by using various tones and hues so that the viewer’s eyes can blend them visually. One of my signature techniques includes sewing iridescent buttons to specific areas of my artwork, in contrast with the flat finish of the other buttons and beads. The combination of these two finishes adds an extra touch to my button mosaics.” Learn how to make your own button artwork and how the art form can be easily adapted to current pandemic conditions using materials at home. All registrants will receive an electronic packet of handouts in advance of the workshop.

Helene Plank earned her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Mercer County Community College, and attained her Bachelors Degree in Advertising Design from The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College). Throughout her career, Plank has produced and exhibited her artwork at The College of New Jersey, the Lawrence Branch of the Mercer County Library, Mercer County Community College, West Windsor Arts Council, Capital Health at the Hopewell Campus, Lawrence Art & Frame Gallery, New Hope Arts Center, Artists of Yardley and the New Jersey Button Society, to name a few. Her artwork is a part of the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission permanent art collection, as well as in private art collections. Her most recent recognition for her use of recycled materials is acceptance into the West Windsor Arts Council’s 2020 juried show, “Doom and Bloom.”  Helene’s mixed media mosaics clearly demonstrate a concern for the environment by elevating common, discarded materials to a high art form.

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