SRU undergraduate alumnus artist Beth Wittenberg will be exhibiting her soft sculpture creations, known as whimzees, at the Rumpus 2018 sponsored by Engine, whose goal is to propel the creative community.
Rumpus is an egalitarian art show being held in Biddeford, ME. Artists of any age and skill level may exhibit their art as part of the exhibition. Wittenberg was invited by Director Tammy Ackerman to create a window installation of her whimzees to debut at the opening of Rumpus. There will be a reception for all the participating artists on Friday, Feb. 23, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Wittenberg says of her artistic process: “There are so many ways I like to express myself. Sometimes I use spray paint, other times I draw or paint, and sometimes I like to sew. I have been creating my whimzees for 30 years. They are great fun to create. They are menacing and playful at the same time. Each one is created by snipping and sewing together scraps of felt using color and pattern to create a unique magical enchantment.”
The whimzees are tricksters, each has their own personality, explains Wittenberg. “They absolutely come alive when they are stuffed. They are all one of a kind, hand stitched, original works of art that I spend hours on.”
One piece takes anywhere from 6-12 hours to complete. Each one is created in one sitting.
Wittenberg has been making art dolls since she was an undergraduate art student. She received her bachelor if arts in philosophy and her bachelor of fire arts in Painting and Sculpture from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She went on to obtain her master of fine Aats from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.
Rumpus runs through April 5 at 128 Main Street in Biddeford.