The Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library and the Benwood-McMechen Public Library will play host to collage-pop art events Monday, June 16, when New York artist Michael Albert begins his summer tour in West Virginia.
The Benwood-McMechen program will be from 2-4 p.m. and the Moundsville program will be at 6 p.m. and last until about 8 p.m. All ages are invited: children, teens, adults and seniors.
Both libraries will offer short presentations by the artist and author followed by a hands-on cereal box collage workshop. The Moundsville library will also have an exhibition of Albert's work. After the workshops, there will be a poster giveaway and signing for all participants. Copies of Albert's book will be available for purchase.
Albert's energetic presentation of his collage technique is inspiring and well worth seeing, a library spokesman said. Space is limited but the libraries expect to have room for all who want to try their hand at collage. Participants are asked to bring a favorite cereal box (or other colorful thin cardboard packaging) and turn it into a work of art. Children under the age of 7 should bring an adult to help.
Albert is the author of "An Artist's America" which features examples of his own signature brand of collage art dubbed "Cerealism." It all began in 1996 when instead of throwing away an empty Frosted Flakes cereal box, he turned it into original art. Albert is also the founder of Sir Real, a brand of organic all-natural fruit juices with packaging that features his artwork.
Albert makes frequent appearances at libraries, schools and other venues, offering presentations and workshops to share his enthusiasm for art, learning, imaginative recycling and creativity with a conscience.
The Benwood-McMechen library is located at 201 Marshall St. in McMechen. The Moundsville library is located at the corner of Fifth Street and Tomlinson Avenue. These events are sponsored by the Evan G. Roberts Trust through BB&T Bank. For more information, call the Moundsville library, 304-845-6911.