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From trash to treasure

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 12:41 pm

The Tappahannock Artist’s Guild is currently showcasing a collection of artist Karen Kagey’s “rescued chairs” along with 20 of her acrylic paintings. Her show opened on May 31 and runs until July 14 at the gallery located on Prince Street.  Kagey is a believer in “everything is alive” and seeks out old discarded wooden chairs at yard sales and the dump for “re-imagining.”

Kagey discusses the process that goes into refurbishing each of the chairs: “These chairs have lost their place in the homes in which they had a purpose.  They look lost and sad when I collect them but after giving them a new look, they are transformed into a one of a kind treasure. To begin their ‘facelifts’ I allow Mother Nature to rain on them a couple times to help loosen any shine that remains on their finish.  Then a light sanding and regluing as needed, a brace installed here or there and then the real fun begins. Sometimes the construction of the chair will point me in one direction and/or an idea will come to me as to how to best show off its attributes. Sometimes I have to look at a chair for a while, placing it here and there in my studio to get a sense of its gender and its purpose.”

For the full article, pick up the latest Northern Neck News 6/12/19

A backdrop of her colorful artwork behind her, artist Karen Kagey proudly presents her passion for painting.