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Redbrick Gallery

Redbrick Gallery

The Owner of Red Brick Gallery in Martinsburg volunteered the outside wall of her gallery for a “Put A Lid On It” mural.  The photos below are of the proposed mural to be created all out of upcycled plastic bottle lids.  This will be a challenging piece to create but I am confident that we will do the original self-portrait, painted by Vincent Van Gogh, justice.

     You may be wondering why I picked a work of art by this artist to reproduce?  You may be surprised by my answer.  You may think that it is simply because I like this artist best, but this isn’t quite right.  The reason is because for some odd reason, one that only God and the stars know the answer to, the last living relative of Van Gogh supposedly lived in this area many years back.  The story that was told to me, that i am trying to verify (and I hope that this piece will help draw people out that have the answer to) is that he taught golf at the nearby golf courses.  Part of this story is that he moved back to Europe many years ago, but that there are still people around that could verify this information.
     If you have any information or know anyone that might be able to help verify this story please contact me, or have them contact me.  THANKS!
To the king of Art! 
Red Brick Gallery in Martinsburg with the sketch of the next Put A Lid On It mural

Red Brick Gallery in Martinsburg with the sketch of the next Put A Lid On It mural

Red Brick Gallery on King Street in Martinsburg West Virginia with the proposed mural in place

Red Brick Gallery on King Street in Martinsburg West Virginia with the proposed mural in place


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I just got back from the CREATE WEST VIRGINIA conference at West Virginia’s popular Snowshow Resort.   It was an amazing experience meeting like minded creative people who want to see our state continue to re-bloom as a creative community, welcome to new residents and visitors.  Not only did I meet artists who crossed the spectrum but also city planners, economic developers, architects, publishers, educators, marketing people and so many others others from various professions all come together for change.  Are we seeing a revolution in education, politics, community planning & industry?  I think so.  The world is at a crossroads and people are seeing that we cannot continue to do things the way that we have continued to do them – Change is sweeping the nation and the pendulum is a swinging back.

The Arts Collaborative would like to ask you for your opinion.  Please take our survey!

LASTLY, Thanks to Mary Klotz for remembering our project and for bringing her plastic bottle lids all the way from Maryland to this conference.  It was great meeting this creative individual and a surprise to receive lids on Top Of The World!  Thanks Mary.

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We are very happy to have the Morgan County Solid Waste Authority (MCSWA)supporting the project and helping the environment.  The following is a letter to the editor that the MCSWA’s Director wrote.  Thanks Bill and thanks to the Morgan County Citizens for their support!

Here is a letter to the editor that recently ran in a West Virginia Newspaper.


     An artist in Martinsburg, David Heatwole, better known for his art publication, The Main ARTery, is encouraging citizens, businesses, governments and nonprofit organizations of the Quad-State region of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania to participate in an ambitious art project.  To create a mural out of recycled plastic bottle lids.  Lids!  Can you imagine a mosaic made out of hundreds of thousands of colored dots?  Can you image a lot more including a wire-connected robot form, a 3-D style picture or a flower from the various color lids?  I can.

     Artists like creative challenges and I encourage making such an artistic piece.  Perhaps the Ice House could present similar displays.

     Lids should be from any drinking container.  Please rinse them to control bacteria.  [CORRECTION – LIDS CAN BE FROM ANY PLASTIC CONTAINER, BUT PREFER NOT TO KEEP THE FLOPPY-TYPE LIKE ON BUTTER BOWLS.]

     If you’d like to contribute lids, bring them to the recycling sites in a Food Lion style bag.  I will pass them on to David Heatwole.

     David would also like this “Put a Lid on It” as a national project challenging Americans to create collaborative-type art projects [out of plastic bottle lids]. 

     Call me and let’s see what can be developed!  (304) 258-9379.


Bill Pechumer

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