Crest Hardware hosts “The Hardware: An Installation of Paintings By Rachel Lussier”
The bond between artists and hardware stores is a strong one. Since 1994 Crest (True Value) Hardware (558 Metropolitan Ave.) has reciprocated that devotion by hosting art shows and creative efforts like the annual pumpkin carving contest. In fact their offshoot: Crest Arts works extensively with the community to support local artists and craftsmen by hosting events and providing platforms for artists to showcase their work.
From February 4th–March 4th Crest Hardware hosts “The Hardware: An Installation of Paintings By Rachel Lussier”. Realistic paintings of tools set on a painted on pegboard background will be hung on actual pegboard around the store.
The artist, Rachel Lussier’s series of nearly 100 paintings of everyday useful objects designed for the hand celebrates hardware stores as a place of intention, industry and community. She drew her inspiration from Lakeview (True Value) Hardware in Battle Creek, MI where the series was painted largely from life and on location. Lussier, who currently resides in Connecticut, earned a BFA from Parsons School of Design (Communication Design) and has studied extensively at The National Academy of Design, The Art Students League, The New York Academy and The New York Studio School. Lussier worked in the field of graphic design for many years including as Senior Art Director for Sotheby’s before committing herself fully to making fine art. Lussier has exhibited in New York City, Colorado, Connecticut and Michigan.