Plastik offers new artistic directionWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Maumee’s Art House Design Studio has a new name and a fresh direction. Art House, which was founded in 2002 by Angelo and Amy Bullano, recently became known as the Plastik Gallery. That’s not the only difference patrons are going to notice when they attend the gallery’s first group show on March 31.
“Getting the gallery to this point has been at least a year in the making,” said Gallery Co-Owner Angelo Bullano.
The upcoming exhibit will feature the work of 12 different artists from Toledo, Detroit and Brooklyn.
“We really just tried to steer clear of the fruit bowl when picking the art for this show — we’re trying to bring a new creative energy to the area that local arts patrons have never really experienced before,” said Artistic Director/Curator Amy Bullano.
While Angelo Bullano, known as “Sketch One,” is a more classically trained artist, holding a Master’s of Fine Arts degree, his wife is self-taught.
Heavily influenced by such artists as Andy Warhol and Peter Max, Amy Bullano uses bold imagery and multiple mediums to portray a vision of what the world would be like if “Alice in Wonderland” were fact instead of fiction. She has recently exhibited her work at the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Artomatic 419, The UT College of Visual Art and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Her most recent works have been a transformation from her usual subject matter — delving deeply into Mexican folklore. Samples of her work can be found online at www.sacredidiotbox.com.
The Bullanos, who are always on the lookout for new talent to display in the gallery, chose from a field of more than 30 different artists when selecting the pieces for the upcoming show.
“We have been friends with a few of the artists for a number of years, and the others came to us through networking. All of the pieces included are a breath of fresh air,” Amy Bullano said.
The Plastik Gallery’s opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be available. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The gallery is located in Maumee at 124 Wayne St.
Call (419) 351-9013 or visit www.plas-tik.com for more information.