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Recycled artist finds footing at launch party

5/19/2014

Special to The Hays Daily News

LUCAS -- There will be an open house for Ron Alexander's art display from 10 a.m. to noon June 6 at Grassroots Art Center in Lucas.

Alexander will be on hand for the open house, conducting a demonstration and a hands-on workshop for children and adults.

He is part self-taught archaeologist, a student of Paleolithic American Indian culture, a research scientist, avid reader, an advocate for disabled vets, recycled artist and botanist all wrapped into one individual.

His lifelong passion has been to research the Colorado River culture of a people who lived from approximately 10,000 to 14,000 years ago in the West. Alexander searches gravel pits as evidenced by his 900-plus artifacts.

His artistic philosophy is to carve or use all things found in nature, and he carves bows and arrows from native woods. A simple piece of bone, stone or driftwood can become a piece of art.

As a recycled artist, Alexander finds trash items along the side of the highway near his home in Gypsum and fashions collages, as well as "Schooners" with sails made from grocery sacks.

His newest recycled creation will make the first appearance at the open house.

Alexander's work will be exhibited and for sale at Grassroots Art Center through Oct. 12.

Grassroots Art Center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays during May through September. Admission is charged; however, the open house-workshop is free.