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Beach Trash Art Exhibition

Artist Deborah Hecht will showcase her Beach Trash Series in the Capt. Thomas M. Kelly Biological Station at 100 Dame Street, Suttons Bay from June 21-July 20, 2019. The exhibit will be open Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Proceeds benefit Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA), a nonprofit who focuses on developing stewards to care for the Great Lakes.

Deborah has always picked up trash on the Lake Michigan beach in Northport where she walks each summer. “In 2017 I was so shocked by the amount of trash that I decided I had to make art out of it,” she shared. In her Beach Trash Series, Deborah uses the objects she found on the beach to create beautiful mosaics. “The challenge in these mosaics is to convey alarm about the problem and still have an intriguing composition,” Hecht explains. Her  other recent work has been mixed media art where she combines original ceramics with found objects in mosaics and sculpture.

“We are happy to partner with Deborah on this exhibit as it highlights the importance of stewardship of the Great Lakes,” shared Fred Sitkins, ISEA Executive Director. Deborah’s Beach Trash Series will be on display at ISEA’s Capt. Thomas M. Kelly Biological Station beginning June 21 during the building’s grand opening and will run through July 20. Fifty-percent (50%) of each piece price will be donated to ISEA. During the grand opening, a silent auction will be held and bid amounts above retail price will also be donated.

Deborah holds a BFA in painting from Wayne State University. She has honed her skills in painting, jewelry design, and watercolors while living in New York. After returning to Michigan, she painted with low temperature glazes on commercial tile and then began working with clay after learning tile-making at Pewabic Pottery. Her art has been showcased at Tamarack Craftsmen, juried shows, and in national design magazines and books. Deborah’s studio in Oak Park, MI is open to the public from September through June.