CUSHING — The Arts In The Barn series continues with an exhibit by two accomplished artists of works incorporating re-used and recycled materials. “Cardboard, etc.” features paintings and constructions by Paul Heffernan and Kitty Winslow, opening with a reception Friday, Aug. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. The show will be up for the weekend only, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 17 Hathorne Point Road. Heffernan and Winslow are Midcoast Maine residents who bonded as friends and abstract artists a few years back. They both work out of studios in their barns.

Heffernan uses cardboard, hand-silkscreened paper, neckties and distressed books in his collages and paintings. His interest in using recycled and unusual materials increased seven years ago when another artist at the studio he was renting moved out, leaving him with a large stash of handmade paper. With his move to Maine five years ago, Heffernan expanded his use of recycled “stuff” to include materials such as damaged books, denim and neckties. He uses color extensively and many of his abstract collages and geometric constructions are made up of paper he painted or silkscreened himself. His influences include religious iconography and Arte Povera (“Poor Art”), an Italian art movement from the 1970s where artists used inexpensive materials. During the pandemic, he explored color extensively with a series of geometric constructions that loosely referenced crosses. Heffernan’s work has been juried into several shows and he has participated in online and in person art residences.

Artwork by Kitty Winslow

Winslow’s work is about searching, investigating and reinventing. Her process is intuitive and involves working and reworking surfaces, informing the work with a sense of history. She works mainly in acrylic on paper and cardboard in both large and small formats. Recently, she has been working with cardboard boxes, both 3D and flattened. Early in the pandemic she painted shapes that appeared to be teetering and tottering in a series she called “The Stacks.” She has explored various themes of identity, domesticity, family history and environmental inquiries. Winslow received a BS in Fine Arts from Skidmore College and an MFA from Hartford Art School. She has taught on and off and has shown her work throughout New England and in New York City at the Nicolos Davies Gallery, and has won numerous awards.

Through choice or necessity, artists have integrated re-used cardboard into their work for many decades, but the popularity of cardboard as a medium or canvas has surged in recent years along with the volume of packages received from online ordering, especially during the pandemic. With such an abundance of stuff, along with environmental concerns, Heffernan and Winslow are joining other artists in using more recycled and nontraditional materials in their work.

Artwork by Paul Heffernan

Artwork by Kitty Winslow