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Anthony Hansen Named Featured Artist at Cottonwood Art Festival

Post Date:04/05/2018 11:12 AM

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The past and present collide when California artist Anthony Hansen is at the helm. Using reclaimed automotive sheet metal, with varying degrees of rust and texture, Hansen’s metal creations offer a new way to appreciate our intertwined story. As named featured artist of the City of Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival, Hansen’s lively work will be on display May 5-6, 2018 in scenic Cottonwood Park.

Born and raised in northern California and with degrees in liberal studies and fine art, Hansen is no stranger to attending different fine art festivals and galleries around the country.

“As an artist, I’ve always enjoyed my time at Cottonwood,” Hansen said. “And I’m flattered to be the 2018 spring featured artist.”

Driven to use materials that tell a story, Hansen’s work is focused on giving metal elements a new life. Constructed using found sheet metal, each piece is unique and one of a kind. Hansen spends hours sourcing metal scraps from salvage yards, automotive wreckers and the side of the road. With endless possibilities, he says it easy to get lost in the process of finding unique colors, textures and finishes from the past.

After sorting the pieces by color, Hansen creates hearts and abstract vistas, paying special care to preserve the patina and finish on the found materials. Leaving the paint color as he found it helps build a narrative of the past and present for the viewer.

“I want the viewer to see something that might be mundane or commonplace and view it in a new light,” he said. “I feel that materials from the wrecking yard, car bodies, old signs, bits of an old tool box, a refrigerator, all reconstruct a memory from the past. Each piece is part of a quilt of memory and familiarity.”

Hansen’s work will join hundreds of other museum-quality exhibits from around the country during the two-day juried art show. The festival will also include live musical performances, delectable dining options and a creative children’s area.

About Cottonwood Art Festival
Now in its 49th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show.  Jurors have selected more than 240 artists to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. The artists compete in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. The artists’ works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages.

  • The festival will be held Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Cottonwood Park is located at 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., one block east of Coit Road in Richardson, TX.
  • Parking and admission are free.

Whether shopping for art, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors, or making art of your own – Cottonwood has something for everyone. For more information, go to: