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Turning window frames into art; Lewiston exhibit to help Opera Hall

Discarded or unused window frames will provide the framework for an unusual display of amateur artwork to benefit the Lewiston Opera Hall, one of the most historic buildings on Center Street.

The Lewiston Council on the Arts, sponsor of the fundraiser, said proceeds will be used to keep the Opera Hall at 736 Center St. in good repair.

Eva B. Nicklas, artistic director of the Council on the Arts, said: "Let your imagination and creativity go wild. Decorate an old window in whatever medium you want. You can use a window frame with or without the glass to create a variety of artistic decor."

Windows can be any size up to 6 feet and can be found in people's basements, garages, through "curb shopping" or at Buffalo ReUse, a recycling program for construction materials based at 298 Northampton St. in Buffalo.

"Stained-glass murals can be created in window frames, or you can make a stained-glass imitation using glass gels found in any craft store," Nicklas said. "You can paint or draw on paper, make a collage, create a mosaic tile design, embroider, needlepoint, or mixed media, using costume jewelry, feathers, ribbons or anything you can think of."

Exhibitors are to deliver their work to the Opera Hall by 6 p.m. Nov. 27. A preview exhibit and opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 2.

The windows will be on display at the OH! Gallery in the Opera Hall during the Lewiston Christmas Walk on Dec. 3 and 4. Until they are sold, pieces will remain on display throughout December.

The Opera Hall will receive 20 percent of the proceeds of each sale, but Nicklas said generous exhibitors are welcome to donate their entire proceeds if they wish to do so.

"If you don't want to make art, but have old window frames that you don't need, please drop them off at the Council on the Arts office at 475 Ridge St.," the artistic director said.

Applications for exhibits are available at the Council on the Arts website, www.artcouncil.org. People with questions may call the council at 754-0166.

email: rbaldwin@buffnews.com