I really enjoy going to art openings. I love the atmosphere that comes from artists gathering together. And I especially appreciate having the opportunity to talk to the artists about their work.
I missed the opening of the Mardi Gras exhibit at the Heeschen Gallery at the Meadville Market House.
On the last day of the show I finally got an opportunity to visit. It was actually fortunate that I came that day because I got to meet and talk to one of the artists.
Bill Racke was taking down his pieces and putting them into guitar cases.
Yes, I said he was putting his art in guitar cases.
Bill repairs guitars. He fixes up ones that are broken or in need of some sort of repairs. When he comes across one that is beyond repair or not worth fixing, he turns that into art. He will also pick them up at flea markets.
His wife and her friend got him started with mosaics. Now he’s been doing this about 4 years.
Just look at the designs he’s able to create!
Someone from Meadville was teaching a class near Bill’s home town of Zelienople and saw Bill’s work which is often at Bottle Brush Gallery. So he was invited to participate in the Mardi Gras themed show. This was Bill’s first time showing his work in this area.
I’m so glad he was invited. I forgot to get a pictures of the piece Bill created specifically for this show. I’m really bummed about that. The only picture I had was in the background of another shot.
I must say that his pieces are absolutely beautiful. I love the beautiful colors and designs!
I asked him where he gets his supplies. He said “here and there.” The glass pieces he has to order specifically but some of the others he may get from local craft stores. Stained glass supplies work well.
If you’re interested in his pieces here’s his contact information…