"Assembled Treasures" collects, for the first time, selected images from the extraordinary work of artist Alice Vander Vennen. Working with multiple materials—fabric, branches, wire, copper, paper and ceramic shards—Vander Vennen creates a visual language suggesting a story. The story, she writes, "is part women's history, the meaning of objects in everyday life and the collection and sorting of intriguing things. I strike to have my art speak as a celebration of the human spirit in relation to its Creator, whether from secret spaces or the most flamboyant expressions. The works form a record of my own journey of life." The images on these pages document Alice Vander Vennen's visual journey from 2000 to 2010.
Born to immigrant parents in rural, southwestern Ontario, Alice has been a professional artist since 1980. She maintains a studio in Cobourg, Ontario, where she lives with her husband. Alice completed her BA in Art Education at Calvin College in Grand, Rapids, Michigan, and has studied visual art at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Alice has exhibited her work in numerous juried exhibitions in Canada, Europe and the United States, including Chicago, New York and New Mexico. Her commissioned sculpture "C Formation" is a permanent art installation at the recently built Cobourg Community Centre. She is a founding member of the Colborne Society of Artists and is represented by the OENO Gallery in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada.