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Oring, Eden lead Art in Odd Places Nov. 1-2

Photo of Stacy Bloom Rexrode looping cranberry-colored yarnOn a third-floor hallway in Gatewood Studio Arts Building, Stacy Bloom Rexrode sits on a stool in front of her latest creation, carefully looping cranberry-colored yarn though a crochet hook.

She’s a second-year MFA student at UNCG, and sculpture is her preferred form of expression.

Later this week, Rexrode’s crochet sculpture will be one of 36 pieces of art featured in Greensboro’s first “Art in Odd Places” public art festival along South Elm Street downtown.

Artist and UNCG assistant professor Sheryl Oring is the impetus for bringing AiOP to Greensboro. In 2010, Oring participated for the first time in the popular New York City festival founded by artist Ed Woodham. Two years later, she met Woodham at a conference and learned he planned to stage a version of AiOP at a college in Massachusetts.

They clicked.

“I had just come to UNCG and I felt like Greensboro was a place that really supported the arts,” she recalls. “I thought it would be really exciting to find a way to bring this festival to UNCG and to Greensboro.”

Oring, a co-curator of the festival with Xandra Eden of the Weatherspoon, is excited about the opportunity AiOP gives young artists like Rexrode.

“It helps build their portfolio, it helps them understand some of the challenges that go with creating work that is being presented in a public realm,” she says. “It’s a real, hands-on learning opportunity for them.”

Art in Odd Places will take place Nov. 1-2. For more information, visit www.artinoddplaces.org/greensboro.

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By Betsi Robinson
Photograph by David Wilson of Stacy Bloom Rexrode.