The gallery of the De Pree Art Center at Hope College is hosting “Beauty, Joy, and Wonder: The Sculpture of Ann Weber” through Sept. 28..

Weber will give an artist talk on Friday, Sept. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Cook Auditorium of the De Pree Art Center, followed by a reception in the gallery at 5 p.m.

The public is invited to the exhibition, talk and reception. Admission is free.

Weber has captured attention for her unique sculptures created out of cardboard.  Dr. Anne Heath Wiersma, assistant professor of art and director of the De Pree Art Center gallery, has said that “Weber transforms monumental forms into lightweight sculptures made of cardboard, not entirely representational nor abstract, but something in between that read as metaphors for life experiences.”

Heath Wiersma said that Hope invited Weber because of the quality of her work, her exhibition record and her interest in working with Hope students.  She notes that Weber takes ordinary, “throwaway” material and makes it extraordinary, by using artisan techniques, such as basket-weaving, that push the definitions between “art” and “craft.”

“Artweek” Magazine has said that “Ann Weber’s large sculptures made from woven strips of cardboard synthesize ancient and modern, craft and high art.”

Weber says in her artist statement that she began working with cardboard in 1991.  “Cardboard allows me to make monumental, yet lightweight forms, and eliminate the cumbersome process of clay. My abstract sculptures read as metaphors for life experiences, such as the balancing acts that define our lives. ‘How far can I build this before it collapses?’ is a question on my mind as I work.” 

The De Pree Art Center is located at 160 E. 12th St., on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The regular gallery hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Gallery hours may be reduced during breaks and holidays. The gallery is handicapped accessible.