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Thursday, August 23, 2007

We Want Her Job: Artist shows off beer bottle-cap creations at Spaces Gallery

Posted By on Thu, Aug 23, 2007 at 2:26 PM

Most of us would say our jobs drive us to drink. But only a very rare few can actually claim that for their job, drinking is requirement. Count Diane Dickens among these blessed few. A folk artist, Dickens’ latest muse has been buzzing when the canvas is made from of beer-bottle caps. In the last year she’s completed 16 bottle-cap pieces, which she says took more than 1,100 caps (thus making Dickens the only folk artist we’ve ever wanted to party with.). “It has taken my family, friends and myself on an incredible beer-drinking journey,” she says. But it’s not all just twist, chug and stack. Dickens uses a variety of other recycled materials to complete each piece, like hardware, wood, and matchbooks . These are all glued, wired, and screwed to the caps, and – voila – it’s Casper the Dog, made from caps of Coors Light! And he’s a candle holder, too! Four pieces are currently being shown at the Fine Lines exhibition at Spaces Gallery: an elephant; a man on a bed of nails (a lamp); a figure of Mississippi John Hurt (also a lamp); and “Great Lakes Brew Dog,” made from a supply of “un-crimped” caps donated by the Great Lakes Brewery. Lamps of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix are on tap (ha!) too, along with a figure of a Chagrin Falls firefighter, which Dickens was commissioned to make. Images of other pieces for sale appear on her website. Fine Lines runs through Saturday. Spaces Gallery opens at 11 a.m. -- Jason Nedley

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