Three exhibitions take over the Phil Mechanics Building

The Phil Mechanics Building in the River Arts District will present three new exhibitions on Saturday, May 5, including everything from painting to reclaimed art to metalwork at a one-stop gallery tour.

Featured artist Katie Chen uses tiny pieces of donated magazines to create colorful works that overflow with texture. Her pieces look like paintings, but they are actually pieces of reclaimed art. “I’ve had many people ask me what kind of paint I use,” Chen explains. “They’re surprised when I tell them that they are looking at tiny pieces of magazines.” Her exhibition, on display in the Flood Gallery, lets the art do the talking with its simple title Reclaimed Art.

Metalworker Olivia de Soria‘s work, which bring to mind traditional Middle Eastern and South American art, will be on display in the Pump Gallery. Her wearable jewelry incorporates tangible objects and “sensual shapes” to create art that is both functional and beautiful.

The Courtyard Gallery will celebrate its expanded space on the top floor of the building with a group show, including works by Jarrett Leone, Lisa Walraven, Keenan Kulp, Cynthia Potter and Harold Black. The exhibit spans a wide range of genres, including puppets, jewelry, “love monsters,” metal art and textiles.

An opening reception on May 5 from 6-9 p.m. is chance to be some of the first people to see the new exhibitions. Light refreshments will be served.

All three galleries are located in The Phil Mechanics Building, 109 Roberts St. in the River Arts District. Regular hours are Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and the exhibits will be on display through May 28. Free. Info:

Katie Chen’s reclaimed art at The Flood
Olivia de Soria metalwork at the Pump
Jarrett Leone paintings at the Courtyard Gallery


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