High Street Gallery to host mixed media by Elizabeth French, Nov. 17

Artwork by Elizabeth French

The High Street Gallery will host an exhibition of mixed media and collage artwork by Elizabeth French, 7-10 p.m. Nov 17. The gallery is located in Victoria House, 2110 Victoria St. in Beaumont.

“Having seen Elizabeth doing more in the office of The Art Studio to take care of the administrative duties for so many other artists over the past several years, I thought it was high time to get her back into her creative work,” Olivia Busceme, gallery director, said.

Entry is free and the work will be for sale. Refreshments will be available at the event.

While French had taken a break from creating art, she has never stopped collecting the pieces that go into her assemblages.

“Lots of things like biological remnants, jewelry, fabric, old photos and ephemera are gathered together in reaction to ideas, literary quotes, people, pets, events or songs.,” French said. “ I used to create a protected space behind glass and neatly framed removed from the viewer, but since starting this process for this exhibition, I have created some very new pieces that are open and exposed.”

French said she is influenced by all the artists around her and the great variety of creatives in this region.

“We are a product of all the things we see and that comes out in my work,” she said.

French will be showing some of her older work as well as “new work with new ideas and new work with old ideas.”

“I use a personal symbolism to communicate with the viewer but knowing my original intent is not important,” she said. “I would like viewers to have their own personal conversation with the objects and words in each piece, even if it’s just that they think it is pretty or interesting.”

For more information, email victoria housetx@gmail.com, or visit the High Street Gallery Facebook page.