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Transformation: an art master class that helps the environment

“Transformation for me involves discovering the potential... the endless possibilities...” states Mary Ann Lomonaco. Join her for an afternoon session from 3:30 to 5:45 on Monday, April 16, for "Transformation:  Plastic Bags become Art!"

The venue for this event, which is free and open to the public, is Orange Hall Gallery. This art master class will press attendees to think out of the box.

The recipient of several awards, Lomonaco was granted a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Her works have been included in diverse shows throughout the United States. She describes her artworks as “made primarily from found objects, those things most of us already have as opposed to things we purchase.” And then adds, “My aim is to help viewers stand in a new place - to help them realize that things they see every day and consider as disposable, as trash, can become something valuable, unusual, beautiful and interesting - can become art.” In addition, “This way of making art helps the environment.”

During this particular master class, the emphasis is on creating crocheted vessels using colorful plastic bags especially those in which newspapers are delivered. So, bring those bags plus scissors and crochet hooks if possible, although plenty of free supplies will be available. After giving an overview of her concept and process, Lomonaco will lead participants in preparing materials, and then in connecting and eventually crocheting the pieces adding embellishments of differing dimensions.

SUNY is celebrating NYFA awardees throughout the state. NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are administered with leadership support from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, (GPS: 24 Grandview Ave.), Middletown. Questions may be addressed to and (845) 341-4891.  You may also visit the Cultural Affairs website at

Event date, time and location.

Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs