- Friday, March 25, 2011, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- 1109 Gallery, 1109 Massachusetts St., Lawrence
- All ages / Free
For Nick Schmiedeler, his art has blossomed, almost literally out of his home’s lawn.
The metal sculptor, whose upcoming Final Friday exhibit will be held at the 1109 Gallery, 1109 Mass St., first got interested in creating pieces for his family’s yard and then branched out from there.
“This really all started with our home environment. I just love creating stuff. It’s kind of an obsession now. I can’t stop. We get a lot of people who come by the house to check it out. There’s lots of kinetic pieces to check out when there’s a lot of wind blowing around the yard.”
In his Final Friday show, Schmiedeler will be presenting around 20 pieces, which will be on display for the next month. All of the pieces will be in the back room of the gallery, with the exception of one larger piece in the front window.
Schmiedeler says one of his goals is to reuse rusted, interesting pieces of metal. His work is part of a larger art show at the gallery called “Globally Green,” a state-wide, juried show featuring recycled materials.
“I do kind of rusty metal sculptures for the most part,” he says. “Repurposed stuff. Mostly stuff I’ve found out of salvage yards. I try to focus on interactive stuff. I want people to touch and manipulate the pieces. I try to keep a fun attitude to most of my pieces. Nothing too serious or pretentious. Really, I’m just trying to save a lot of interesting metal objects from scrap yards and such, that could easily have a second life.”
Schmiedeler says he’s very excited to get to show his creations off to the public for Final Friday.
“I joined the art guild three years ago, I’ve participated in shows and donated pieces to local benefits. I love getting my name out there and letting people know that I’ve got stuff going.”