Environmental artist introduces POLUTNOT® at September exhibition
Environmental artist Gail Mebane will introduce a product she has developed for artists at an exhibition at The Collective opening September 14, 2017, with a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. “The Unfolding Story of POLUNOT” marks the beginning of a plan to engage the city in a major environmental initiative. POLUTNOT® is an art surface made from recycled plastic grocery bags that can be used instead of canvas and paper.
On Earth Day, April 22, 2018, Mebane will launch an exhibit at the Harambee Art Gallery at City Hall, where she is the educational director and cofounder, featuring the art of Houston area high school and college students and professional artists using POLUTNOT exclusively as the art surface.
“However,” Mebane reports, “the major environmental initiative in the works is a Guinness World Record challenge to create the largest mural made from recycled plastic grocery bags. It will be staged here in Houston on a giant plastic bag surface. I am currently in talks and negotiations with Guinness to formulate and schedule the challenge.
“We expect this initiative to create excitement throughout the city and showcase the talent of many Houston area muralists,” she predicted.
“We realize some communities seek to ban the bag, but Houston will become known as the city that embraced the bag and transformed it into a global movement. I hope to ignite a spark with this September exhibit and in due time light a fuse to a global explosion of environmental art innovation,” Mebane explained.
Mebane likes to use green and recycled materials to promote green initiatives. Her artwork is influenced by nature, environmental issues and multicultural designs. Her signature elements include exotic handcrafted textures, bold geometric patterns and free form organic shapes. She often incorporates symbolism, codes and poetry into her abstract collages and draws on her spiritual connection to infuse her art with divine energy.
“The Unfolding Story of POLUTNOT” exhibition runs through October 14. The Collective is open during the exhibition Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 noon until 5 p.m. and by appointment.