Bernard on Trash to Treasure

Oct 12, 2018
Kim Bernard made her “spring shoes” as part of her master’s degree project at MassArt and wore them when she collected her MFA.

Rockland — City artist Kim Bernard will talk about her current “BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)” installation Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

Bernard will discuss her approach to creating sculpture, which addresses sustainability, recycling and resourcefulness. She also will share images of other artists’ projects made of trash; fine functional objects made of junk; and decorative articles made of rubbish that transcend their lowly Dumpster qualities and serve as inspiration for creative projects.

Bernard shows her sculpture, installations and encaustic works nationally and has been invited to participate in many exhibits, some of which include the Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Colby College Museum of Art, Art Complex Museum and UNH Museum of Art. Her work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe and Art News; and featured in Art New England. Bernard is the recipient of the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant, a NEFA grant and several Maine Arts Commission grants; and was an artist-in-residence in the Physics Department at Harvard University in 2015-16 and the artist-in-residence at the University of New England in 2016-17.

Bernard received her bachelor of fine arts degree from Parsons in 1987 and her master of fine arts degree from Mass Art in 2010. She currently teaches at the Maine College of Art; and gives presentations, lectures and offers workshops nationally as a visiting artist. For more information, visit

The talk, sponsored by Friends of Rockland Public Library, will take place in the Community Room and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 594-0310. Bernard also will present a Recycled Art Workshop for children and their families Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and one for young adults and adults Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Also in November, Bernard will lead a Creative & Professional Practice workshop at Waterfall Arts in Belfast.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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