NEW PORT RICHEY— As upcycled projects go, this one was a little unusual — to create a piece out art out of a store mannequin torso. But that’s pretty typical for members of the Altered Minds artist group who answered the challenge for the July exhibit at the Gateway Gallery and Emporium.
Carol Wutzl used a variety of materials for her mixed-medium piece, titled "Total Woman." Karen Jaenichen used paper mache to turn two mannequins into creatures of the wild — a colorful alligator and hippopotamus.
Pat Dando used wine corks and ceramic wine bottle pieces for her entry, "Wine Diva."
"It’s not usually my medium. I have my clay and my kiln. I’m always up to my elbows in mud," said Dando, who has been a member of the group for three years. Getting out of your comfort zone is a benefit of being part of a group, said Dando, "that is wildly creative and very kind and generous of spirit."
Their creations will be the featured exhibit for July at the gallery. More than 50 pieces created by gallery members also will be on display as part of the "Summer Heat" exhibit. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. July 6 at the gallery at 6216 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.