Most people would see ugly wooden boards with cuts on them or useless rusted steel plates. But in the hands of Bob Rhoads and Mike Elsass, those materials are jumping off places to new heights in abstract art.
“Recycled Art” shows how useful these things might be after all, currently presented at the Centerville Police Department Gallery.
Rhoads is a name familiar to those who buy upscale homes in the Miami Valley, and also those who frequent Homearamas in the Dayton area. He makes it look like child’s play to go from designing one-of-a-kind houses to one-of-a-kind abstracts. He was inspired to create this art when he collected work boards from the various construction sites. What intrigued him were the random linear and dimensional qualities of the saw cuts.
He is showing five abstract “etchings in wood,” two large-scale and framed on pedestals, and three more in the glass case. The original boards are enhanced with acrylic hues and additional cuts made with saws and knives.
Rhoads studied both fine art and business when he attended Wright State University. He developed a leading construction firm, R. A. Rhoads Inc. Custom Homes.
Elsass developed his finesse with rusted metal while studying under the late Roger Sayre, a nationally-acclaimed steel artist. He uses broad brush strokes and balanced color schemes, and recently has added a more rugged, textured look to his abstracts. He is showing a dozen works in the show.
“It is a great opportunity to show with the homebuilder/artist Bob Rhoads in his own community, where his beautiful artlike homes have graced the area for so many years,” said Elsass. “I look forward to being a part of the Centerville arts community, and currently enjoy being open every weekend at the Rhoads Center.”
This show ties in with the Earth Day Celebration that will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Stubbs Park in Centerville. The event features the Kid’s Eco Village, entertainment, education booths and food vendors. For more information, go online to http://wakeupdayton.org.
HOW TO GO
What: Recycled Art
Where: Centerville Art Gallery, 155 W. Spring Valley, Centerville
When: Continues through April 30
More info: (937) 433-7151 or www.colorofenergygallery.com or www.rarhoads.com