"People need artist. We need to keep things interesting," said artist Loren DePalma.
The Maritime Garage Gallery's latest exhibit will have visitors thinking outside the box when it comes to art.
Maritime Garage Gallery Curator Sooo-Z Mastropietro said, "Thingamabob is reminiscent of the Rube Goldberg, which is a process of different sequences which leads you to some kind of an end result. I found that with the artistic process, there is a really strong similarity."
Thingamabob, which opened Wednesday night at the Maritime Garage Gallery on North Water Street, features works inspired by machines, instruments, gadgets and more in a variety of mediums.
Lewis Cohen, who has 5 pieces on display in Thingamabob said, "Thingamabob is a wonderful name for this thing because it really is an eclectic mix of found objects, things, and I have been working on this kind of stuff and it's just a great ecletic mix and it's wonderful to see what other people are doing with these found objects."
"I was just motivated. I had this idea about self protection so I printed a pattern and it's all layered," said Loren DePalma, exhibiting artist in Thingamabob. Loren continues to describe the process of creating one of her works "Self Protection" She said, "I just got busy gluing one night and it kind of unfolded fast and the last step I just put type over some of it. But there's a message and I'll let people figure it out."
Exhibiting artists say showcasing their work in a venue like the Maritime Garage Gallery gives the public a chance to experience something different in their daily routine.
Artist Deborah Rauh said, "So that people can see something different. So that people can step outside of themselves and so that people that are just passing by that wouldn't have thought to stop and look at something can take a moment to look at something."
Thingamabob is free and open to the public weekdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm until April 25th.