Local art competition kicks off Friday

Competitors to transform sheet metal into masterpieces

HOLLIS – While sheet metal may not seem like the typical base for an artist, 19 community members with varying degrees of experience will try their hands at turning a piece of metal into something beautiful.

The C Squared Art Adventure, created by artists Christine Ryan and Christopher Yankun, tasks local artists or the artistically inclined with turning an 8 by 5 piece of sheet metal into a work of art in a two- hour period every week, following certain guidelines.

The challenge kicks off today, and work is to be turned in at RMR Restorations in Hollis by 1 p.m. on May 4.

The first session is centered around symmetry and realism, and competitors should use acrylics and crayons.

The four-week challenge, now in its second iteration, was created in response to similar art challenges, but Yankun and Ryan wanted it to be more flexible and less stressful than those that require a new piece every day.

“(We) developed this challenge to enhance critical thinking skills, share the fun of creating with others, push the boundaries with new processes and materials that may not go together (and) connect with other like-minded artists within a community or business,” Ryan said in a statement.

She also said the challenge can promote critical thinking, add a sense of excitement to life and give people an excuse to try something new.

The second week will be all about negative space and the abstract, rendered using beads, clay and/or putty.

The third week, collage and “remove” will be created with rocks and markers.

The fourth, repetition and asymmetry, will be made with spray paint and nature items.

This time, Yankun and Ryan have added a bonus round in which participants can use whatever items they wish, and have up to five hours to complete the work, compared to the typical two. The time limit does not include the time it takes to gather materials.

So far, 19 people have registered for the challenge and while submissions will be judged Ryan said in an earlier interview, the goal is just to have fun and be creative.

Anyone interested in registering can call Ryan at 603-305-8285.

Hannah LaClaire can be reached at 594-1243 or hlaclaire@nashuatelegraph.com