Florida Resident’s Junk is This Artist’s Treasure, Now on Display in North Adams | Arts-theater

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ADAMS NORTH Misa Chappell enjoys hiking in Florida, and often she doesn’t come home empty-handed. “Along the way, I find so much,” she said. “I find something, and I think … I could paint it.”

Mushrooms, wood stumps and other found objects are now part of his recent art exhibition, “Misty Mountain Hop”, in the Common Folk Artist Collective space on Holden Street and in a window display on Main Street.

“Misty Mountain Hop”, exhibited until November 6, is not a typo, Chappell said; it is a reference to a Led Zeppelin song. Chappell, Senior Curator at Common Folk, often uses song titles for his shows. “I have a lot of music that goes through my mind when I’m doing art,” she said.

Inside Common Folk on Holden Street, a wall is full of Chapelcolorful paintings, mostly of female faces, on pieces of wood. While building a cabin on Florida Mountain, Chappell and her husband had some wood scraps and she noticed the knots in the wood.






Misa artwork

Misa Chappell uses found objects from Florida Mountain to create paintings and other art. His work is now on display at Common Folk until November 6. She creates colorful paintings on the remains of knotted wood from the construction of her cabin.



“There’s no way I’m throwing them away,” she said. These nodes are incorporated into the parts. The wood pieces are tongue and groove, so some paintings are hung as diptyques or triptychs (works produced in two or three parts, respectively). The paintings, a celebration of the “divine feminine”, have a dreamlike and psychedelic quality.

The second half of the exhibition is presented in a window on the main street. Similar paintings hang on the wall and brightly painted mushrooms line the window. They are found in polypore fungi or on tablets, Chappell said. “Everyone loves mushrooms, including myself,” said Chappell.






Misa artwork

Misa Chappell uses found objects from Florida Mountain to create paintings and other art. His work is now on display at Common Folk until November 6. She creates colorful paintings on the remains of knotted wood from the construction of her cabin.



Painted mushrooms also cover a crib, including the roof of his stable.

A vase contains bouquets of brightly colored plants: goldenrod, sloe and elecampane. “These are all herbal remedies that I would pick for a tea or a tincture,” said Chappell, who is a student at Blazing Star Herbal School in Conway. His herbal interests also show up in paintings. Some contain herbs like mugwort.

The display is also full of found objects. A statue of one of the wise men with the broken head became a vase for the collected plants. “I work with a lot of accidents,” she said.

A wooden rocking horse is painted with floral patterns and its mane is pink in color. A neighbor gave Chappell the rocking horse and other items she used.

“I gained a reputation as a garbage collector,” she said with a laugh, pointing to the 1970s nursery she said a neighbor gave her. “I am drawn to life, the story of an object.”






Colorful nativity scene

Chappell’s work is often made from treasure, or “junk,” she finds, like that 1970s nursery a neighbor gave her.




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