At Waterfall Arts in Belfast, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, August 10, a number of artists, cohorts and other friends of the late David McLaughlin will talk about his art and share their stories about his work and life in and out of the Liberty Cannery. The panel and open discussion, held in conjunction with the David McLaughlin & the Art of Salvage exhibit, will feature Nina Scott-Hansen, Skip Brack, Jay Sawyer, John Russo, Alan Crichton and others.
McLaughlin was well known as a prolific artist in metal and wood, an ingenious designer and builder, a passionate collector and a creative rigger of all things. His exquisite attention to detail, aesthetic sense and work ethic informed his work in all media as well as his collections of many things, most of them rusty and large, with which he created sculptures, tools, living spaces, vehicles and stoves. He loved to solve practical problems big and small, and many contractors, mechanics and artists consulted him for advice and direction.
A collection of his sculpture and installations of his live/work spaces are on display at Waterfall Arts’ Clifford Gallery. The last day of “David McLaughlin: the Art of Salvage” exhibit is Friday August 24. The gallery will be open from 9-7 p.m. that day and selected tools from the exhibit will be sold at affordable prices. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.