PRESS COVERAGE AND PRESS RELEASES:
A somewhat complete list of TV, MAGAZINE, NEWPAPER, RADIO and ONLINE coverage is at the bottom of this page.
Virginia Currents, PBS feature on Sandhi - please copy this link and paste in your browser!
Virginia Upcycle Artist Sandhi Schimmel
Gold Selected for Two Prestigious "Women's History Month" Fine Art
Exhibitions - March 2013
Sandhi Schimmel Gold's artwork
portrays women of all ages and races through extraordinary portraits
created from upcycled materials. Inspiration comes from the lives of
real women in history and culture, and those portrayed through
literature, music, psychology and myth.
Richmond, Virginia (PRWEB) March 04, 2013
Sandhi Schimmel Gold narrates the lives of women through art on canvas.
Her subject might be a character in a book, an image from a magazine, a
pop-culture phenom, a mother, a daughter, or a member of the clergy.
She has illustrated women as varied as a Hindu Goddess, an Opera Star,
Mother Nature and a High-School Graduate.
Women's lives, emotions and challenges are her inspiration, their faces her specialty and why Sandhi Schimmel Gold's fascinating paper mosaic portraits have been chosen for two prestigious "Women's History Month" Fine Art Exhibitions.
Growing up in a time when the Women's Movement was just beginning,
Schimmel Gold was not expected to follow a career other than wife and
mother. She was not encouraged to pursue fine art or fashion design.
Schimmel Gold, never formally trained as an artist, considers herself
an art world outsider. She attended college and eventually married, had
a child, divorced and worked; in retail, in nonprofit. After her second
marriage at age 50, Schimmel Gold was finally ready to follow Georges
Sand's advice "You're never to old to become what you might have been."
She quit her executive post, and became a full time artist. Since then,
her intricate work has been seen in galleries from coast to coast, and
is a feature is in numerous important private, corporate and permanent
From her studio in rural Virginia, Schimmel Gold developed her own
art form - "Acrylic Mosaic Fusion" where she married her two favorite
mediums. She creates the illusion of a mosaic by affixing paper "tiles"
on to her original paintings. There is a further unique aspect to her
work as all the paper that would otherwise go to waste. This art form is
similar to Papier collé, popularized by Picasso.
During Women's History Month, Schimmel Gold's work can be seen at the following exhibits:
The University of Maryland, Baltimore: Artist Spotlight Celebrating
Women's History Month. A Meet the Artist Reception will be held Friday,
March 8, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Southern Management Corporation
Campus Center 621 W. Lombard Street, 2nd Floor. Baltimore, MD. Guests
should register online. The exhibit will remain on display into April.
Beyond Appearances: Intricate Portraits at the GE Cultural Art Gallery in Connecticut. This private showing is
via presented by the Women's Network at GE. The portraits presented in
this exhibition reveal the thoughts, relationships, and realities that
lie beyond the surface. Sandhi's portraits reveal layer upon layer of
the personalities within, as the art chosen for this exhibition
contextualizes the vast collective memory that courses through the veins
of women's history.
Schimmel Gold's art is also on display as part of "Messages in the
Mosaic" exhibit in the Gumenick Gallery located at the Cultural Arts
Center in Glen Allen, Virginia.
Schimmel Gold is represented by the following galleries: Chasen
Galleries in Richmond, VA - Arts & Artisans in Chicago, IL - Matthew
Campbell Gallery in Greenville, SC and The Loft at Liz's in Los
Angeles, CA. In addition, Schimmel Gold shows her work at a variety of
art festivals and events.
Sandhi Schimmel Gold has been spotlighted in many national and
international magazines and on several television shows from Access
Hollywood to PBS; "My Generation" and "Virginia Currents."
Sandhi Schimmel Gold currently has over 50 pieces of original fine art for sale through galleries or current exhibitions, some available from the artist herself. To schedule an interview with the artist, please contact her via phone or email.
Unlikely Friendship: Impossible Internet Introduction Brings Unknown
Artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold and Super Model Masha Philippova Together
A blog reader in rural Russia spots a photo of an old friend which connects people who would never have otherwise met.
S Chesterfield, VA (PRWEB) February 23, 2012
How does unknown Virginia-based fine artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold of Schimmel Art end up having dinner with super model Masha Philippova and her actor boyfriend Adis Gutic at trendy New York restaurant Cipriani?
It could it be Kismet, but the credit goes to the internet.
In 2010, artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold was flipping through a catalog.
She came across a photo of a beautiful young lady and ripped it out.
Popular culture, fashion & beauty are her artistic references. It
might not be an accepted or respected resource material, but it is her
artistic vision to recreate one image of beauty from another. As her
artist’s statement explains on her web site, Schimmel Art:
"My work reflects our society's obsession with beauty through
advertising - and the endless images that bombard us daily. It is a
purposeful intermix of images derived from advertising and thousands of
incongruent pieces - images and text - from advertising that arrives
through my mailbox. Assembled like a mosaic; the junk mail paper tiles
create an entirely new image - an eclectic and tactile portrait reworked
in my imagination, utilizing materials that would otherwise go to
Sandhi Schimmel Gold is an eco-friendly fine artist.
Her work is non-toxic; she upcycles junk mail [and other paper that
would end up in a land fill] to create mosaic portraits - hand cutting
and gluing each tiny piece into place.
Sandhi Schimmel Gold used that photo as a resource. She often don't
know who her model is, unless it is a celebrity... As she created this
particular piece, this beautiful young woman reminded her of the serene
beauty, sexual confidence of a young Catherine Deneuve in the film
“Belle de Jour.” The colors reflect a 1960's pop scheme, reminiscent of
the time of the film...and the title "Faire" is one word from a phrase
the artist translated from French - "Do I remind you of someone else?"
The artist posts images of her work on Facebook, Twitter [@schimmelgoldart], Tumblr, and her blog. She never knows where text and image go from there.
Екатеринбу́рг [Yekaterinburg] is a city located in the Ural mountains in Russia. An artist there saw a blog which featured Sandhi’s
work. She followed the link to Sandhi’s web site and realized the
subject of one of her pieces, "Faire" looked a lot her friend [and
model], Masha. She sent the link to Masha's mother, Helen Phillips.
Helen sent Masha a link to the blog - who followed it to Sandhi’s web
site. She and her boyfriend, Adis Gutic were certain the portrait "Faire" was indeed Masha Philippova!
They were impressed with Sandhi's work and wanted to meet Sandhi, but
she lives in Virginia. However, Sandhi told them she and her husband
were headed to NY in just a couple of weeks.
Adis, who is an actor and host at Cipriani in New York City, reserved
a table for the four to meet where they discussed the amazing
circumstances that brought them together. An anonymous blogger
inadvertently created a meeting between the model muse and the artist.
Sandhi created a one-of-a-kind reproduction for Masha and Adis, and
signed the reproduction of "Faire" on the bar at Cipriani. They went
their separate ways that night, but began a friendship. And that's how
an unknown artist had dinner with a super model!
The original piece, "Faire." was purchased by a collector in Denver,
CO. from Translations Gallery, one of the galleries that carries
Sandhi Schimmel Gold's entire collection, resume and list of galleries and events can be viewed at Schimmel Art.
In Praise of Women - Eleven Portraits by Artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold
Richmond, VA (PRWEB) March 23, 2012
Artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold grew up during the explosive era of the Woman's Movement. She was
influenced by strong women who demonstrated that being born female did
not determine a girl's ability to have a career, make her own choices or
be an independent businesswoman. The advent of "the pill" and the
sexual revolution were hallmarks of her generation.
own mother, the late Betty Schimmel, survived the Holocaust, raised
three children and became a successful artist, businesswoman and author.
Following in her mother's foot steps, Sandhi took an entrepreneurial
approach when her talents led her to careers in fashion design, visual
merchandising and fine art.
The artist has been very disturbed by
recent attacks on women. Women's health issues and sexual practices
have dominated the national media for the past few weeks. These include:
the contraception debates, Rush Limbaugh's sexist remarks and
gender-based slander, to new abortion bills that invade a woman's
privacy. She is also fearful that conservative candidates tout smaller
government, but seem more interested in controlling women's sexual
practices than fixing the economy or ending the war
by what seems to be a step back in time for American Women, Sandhi
Schimmel Gold determined her response would be an artistic one -
necessary to combat the seemingly inflammatory and negative portrayal of
women in the media. She created a group of paintings that illustrate
the multifaceted traits of womanhood. They were completed in March 2012,
in time for Women's History Month.
"In Praise of Women - Eleven
Aspects of Women" is a collection of eleven small 11x14" mixed-media
creations. Each portrays one quality of Womanhood, defined by the
artist: Alluring, Creative, Expressive, Feminine, Genuine, Knowing,
Natural, Nurturing, Sincere, Strong and Wistful. The entire grouping
represents the ideal woman; as most women have several, but not all
Each is an original painting, surrounded by a variety of tiles of various materials. The artist's Blog goes into additional detail about the process of creating the
portraits, inspiration and meaning behind each attribute. Readers are
invited to participate and suggest inspiration for future paintings.
grouping will be released Friday, March 23, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the
artist's studio/gallery space in Richmond, VA. They will be shown as one
statement - and remain on display and available for purchase through April 24, 2012.
The artist lives just outside Richmond, Virginia S. Chesterfield and currently shows her work in galleries in Arizona, California, Illinois, South Carolina and Virginia.
The main body of her work focuses on portraits of women, made from upcycled junk mail and recycled materials.
Collectors can't get enough of her work; Sandhi's art is in private, corporate and museum collections around the world.
more information about the artist or for hi-resolution photographs of
these or other pieces, please E-mail Sandhi email@example.com
About Schimmel Art: They say a picture is worth a thousand words...
work reflects our society's obsession with beauty through advertising -
and the endless images that bombard us daily. It is a purposeful
intermix of images derived from advertising and thousands of in
congruent pieces - images and text - from advertising that arrives
through my mailbox. Assembled like a mosaic; the junk mail paper tiles
create an entirely new image - an eclectic and tactile portrait reworked
in my imagination, utilizing materials that would otherwise go to
waste." - Sandhi Schimmel Gold
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It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over: The Artist Inside Her (PHOTOS)
First Posted: 02/22/2012 7:29 am Updated: 02/22/2012 10:21 am
By Lori Weiss
As Sandhi Schimmel Gold spent a leisurely day off, painting in the art studio she'd set up behind her home, the music playing in the background suddenly seemed to take over the room. "Jon Bon Jovi came on," Sandhi recalls, "and it was as if his words were meant for me to hear that morning. The refrain began 'It's my life. It's now or never. I ain't gonna live forever.' That was the moment I put down my brush, walked inside and said, 'I’m done.'"
From that day forward, Sandhi decided that she was finished with everything that had held her back from becoming the artist she was meant to be. So with no trust fund, no golden parachute -- but a need that had been growing inside her for 50 years -- Sandhi left her stable job as the chief information officer of an Arizona food bank and followed her heart.
"When I was a little girl I was always drawing," Sandhi explains. "There was never a question in my mind that I would do something art-related. I graduated in 1972, just as the woman's movement was underway. I wanted a career, but the messages I was getting at home were very different. My parents sent me to college, but they thought I should become a nurse or a teacher, just so I'd have something to do until I got married and had kids."
Sandhi ended up with an undergraduate degree in psychology, but soon found herself floundering. Eventually she took a job in retail, and ultimately discovered a creative niche, one that allowed her to start her own business: designing store displays and sets for special events.
And then, she did what she was supposed to do: She got married.
It wasn't that Sandhi didn't want to be a wife or start a family; but the pressure she felt to follow a particular path led her to the wrong man -- one who thought the artwork she created in her spare time was a waste of space. Within six years, he left her a single mom, just after she'd finished putting him through law school.
"One of us had to have a real job with benefits while he was in school," Sandhi says, with a shrug of her shoulders. "So I gave up my business, thinking I'd get back to it in a few years, and took a more secure job in the non-profit sector. I never thought I'd end up being the sole breadwinner. But I had a little girl to think about, so I did the responsible thing. I worked my way up the corporate ladder."
But as that little girl grew up and prepared to enter art school herself, Sandhi found herself spending more and more time in the art studio she'd always made room for, no matter where she'd lived. She was remarried now, but this time, her spouse was her biggest fan.
"Norm thought everything I did was fabulous and saw how much joy my art brought me," she says with a smile. "And he encouraged me to put 100 percent of my efforts into what I loved. He was actually the one who had been trying to convince me to quit my day job."
So with that Bon Jovi song as her anthem, Sandhi decided to take back her life. She traded in her suits and heels for the p.j.s she wears every day in her studio, then perfected a craft that would soon become her signature style: creating mosaic portraits that begin with Warhol-like drawings, and then -- in what can take up to hundreds of hours -- come to life with paint and tiny pieces of recycled paper.
"People say, 'What is that, just paper?'" she laughs. And I say, 'Yes. And what is the Mona Lisa? It's just paint!'"
But those hours Sandhi spends in the studio don't come without compromise. Long gone are the trips to the salon she used to look forward to, and the expensive dinners out she used to enjoy. She's replaced her car with a van, and now the romantic vacations she takes with her husband usually revolve around art fairs, rather than art-filled trips to Europe.
But, career-wise, those art fairs have paid off.
"I remember my first fair. People would walk by and their mouths would drop open, and I'd think, 'Oh, they hate it! But then they started pulling out their credit cards. They'd say 'I'll take it!' and I'd actually respond, out loud, 'You will?'"
It was at one of those early art fairs that Sandhi's work caught the eye of a woman who would put her in the spotlight -- a Beverly Hills gallery owner with a celebrity clientele. Before long, she was getting requests for custom pieces, and soon found herself on "Access Hollywood," presenting mosaic portraits to hosts Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell. And now, at 57, her work is in galleries across the country.
That's not to say that any of this was easy, nor that Sandhi was an overnight sensation. She works seven days a week creating her art, as well as doing her own marketing and public relations -- even her own packing and shipping. And she credits her first 30 years in the working world, when she wasn't able to pursue her passion, for the success she's currently experiencing.
"All the different things I've done in my life got me to where I am now. I learned about marketing and public relations through those other jobs. There are things that I do in my art that I learned from being a display artist. I wouldn't have had those things in my toolbox if this had happened any earlier."
And as she puts the final touches on a portrait she's about to ship, she says softly, "George Sands, the French novelist, once said 'It's never too late to be what you might have been.'"
Saving as an Art Form: Sandhi Schimmel Gold
By Megan Reilly
June 9, 2010
Artist Sandhi Schimmel-Gold reuses old junk mail and other paper products as the base for her colorful portraiture.
It’s the phrase that defines the fine art mosaic portraits created by Sandhi Schimmel Gold. Sustainability minded in her art for the last 10 years, a large portion of her portraits are made from reusing junk mail. Using resources that might go to waste is something that Schimmel Gold prides herself in. The art featured on schimmelart.com has become a career for Schimmel Gold, one that she is grateful for; it gives her life artistic fulfillment.
“Knowing every day is another day to be creative and create something exciting and unique is amazing,” Schimmel Gold says, continuing that she hopes to see even more growth. “Naturally, I would like to extend my reach. I would like to show in more galleries. It would be great fun to have additional museum shows, and have my work at international expositions.”
1-800-RECYCLING talked with Schimmel Gold about everything from her extensive sustainability efforts to what comes next.
1-800-RECYCLING: Why do you think it is so important that art and sustainability go hand in hand?
Schimmel Gold: For me, the art comes first. That said, artists have always used whatever materials were available. I’ve always saved everything I might use in my work. Why not reuse or repurpose materials to create art? Sustainability is part of my nature; I’ve been trying to lead as “green” a life myself — recycling, composting, buying local, etc.
1-800-RECYCLING: What is your connecting theme in all of your art?
Schimmel Gold: I am most interested in faces. Portraits have always been my “thing.” Color is also in integral part of my process. I have developed a style — it hasn’t changed much over the years. I think these factors make my work recognizable. Last year, I had a theme of “Angels and Icons,” which included an angel, a few saints, a fashion icon, Venus and even Mother Nature.
1-800-RECYCLING: What inspires you?
Schimmel Gold: I have a never-ending stream of inspiration. History, fashion, music and travel are probably the most prevalent. I might be inspired by a book, a place, a song, a couture collection. I spend time in libraries and museums, so you’ll see a piece inspired by Art Nouveau architecture, another from Maria Callas performing “Ave Maria,” or the myth of the Minotaur.
1-800-RECYCLING: Can you share a piece that was especially challenging?
Schimmel Gold: Custom portraits are the most challenging. When I create a piece of work, I do whatever inspires me. When you create for someone else, you have a whole different set of expectations. Even if a client says “do whatever you want” [and they have] I still worry about it. As it is, I am meticulous, so this process of sharing, taking input, etc. is different than my deferring to my own critical eye. So far, everyone has been pleased, but I still suffer.
1-800-RECYCLING: Are there any events/ showings that people can see?
Schimmel Gold: I am mostly taking the summer “off” to create a new collection. This year’s theme is “Emotional Influences,” which will illustrate the connection between a particular song, an emotion and an image. I do have gallery shows this summer in Phoenix, Los Angeles and Denver. I list events, locations and dates on my website.
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1-800-RECYCLING: If someone is interested in viewing your art, what do they do?
Schimmel Gold: It’s best to see in person. Although all my work is online, it is difficult to see how much detail is in each piece, or discover the textures. Visit one of the galleries where it is on display, or call to make an appointment for a studio visit in Phoenix.
1-800-RECYCLING: Tell us about the sustainable materials that you use.
Schimmel Gold: I save all paper that might be useful in my work — this is my paper waste: junk mail, post cards, greeting cards, business cards, calendars, menus, packaging, photographs, labels, etc. I also reuse canvas, board, frames, etc. even from yard sales and thrift stores [better than ending up in a landfill!]. All of the paints, adhesives, lacquers and other materials I use are acid-free, water based and nontoxic.
Environment-Friendly Fine Artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold Makes the Move
Out of the trash and on to your wall. Popular "Junk Mail Mosaic" artist crosses the country and keeps on cutting up junk mail to create amazing portraits.
Richmond, VA (PRWEB) December 16, 2011
Junk Mail Mosaic Artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold http://www.schimmelart.com, one of pioneers of the eco-friendly fine art movement has recycled her old location by moving to the east coast. The artist is now residing just outside Richmond, VA.
Schimmel Gold, an avid recycler, was the first artist to upcycle junk mail - by cutting it into individual "tiles" to create amazing mosaic portraits. Taking inspiration from George Braque's Papier Collé [paper pasted on to canvas] and her own painting style, [often compared to Andy Warhol], Schimmel Gold combines her love of mosaic, portraiture and ecology into one definitive art style - Junk Mail Mosaics.
Her work is environment-friendly; not only does she recycle her junk mail into art, she recycles old canvas and wood, and uses non-toxic materials to assemble her portraits. What makes it green? http://schimmelart.com/art.htm
Schimmel Gold's work is aggressively collected. She has work in private and corporate collections in the U.S., Mexico, Asia and Europe. In addition, she has had several solo museum shows, and has work in the permanent collections of museums in the U.S. and Europe.
Schimmel Gold has also created comissioned portraits for many celebrities, including: Nancy O'Dell [Entertainment Tonight], Billy Bush [Access Hollywood], Holly Robinson Peete [The Talk, Celebrity Apprentice], Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti [Project Accessory], and models Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss and Coco Rocha. A very limited number of these extraordinary custom portraits can be commissioned each year.
To show this artists work, commission a portrait or schedule an interview please contact the artist via email: artist(at)schimmelart(dot)com.
To view current work "in person," visit these galleries: RawStyle Gallery in Santa Monica - CA, The Loft at Liz's in Los Angeles - CA, Translations Gallery in Denver - CO, Arts & Artisans in Chicago - IL, Matthew Campbell Gallery in Greenville - SC. Limited Edition prints are available at Eco-Centricity in Phoenix - AZ or visit the artist's studio/showroom at Artworks in Richmond, VA.
Junk Mail Artist Turns Postal Refuse Into Amazing Portraits
Sandhi Schimmel Gold may be the most unusual person in the world.
How so? Well, unlike most people, she actually enjoys getting junk mail. Even stranger: She may make more money off it than the companies that send it to her. Gold, 56, is perhaps the world's only artist who uses junk mail as her medium. That's right, she makes beautiful, intricate collages
using old menus, catalogs and coupons that come to her in her mailbox.
The results are beautiful portraits that can sell for up to $10,000 per piece -- and since she gets most of
her materials free of charge, her profit margin is very very high. "They're paying for the artist, not the materials," Gold told AOL News from her studio in Phoenix. Gold didn't start out turning trash into treasure. The idea came to her seven years ago after a visit to Italy. "I've always been fascinated by mosaics," she said. "When I was in
Venice, I saw a stained glass portrait of a woman, and when I saw that, I
decided that's really the type of art I wanted to do."
"Access Hollywood" co-host Billy Bush was thrilled with Sandhi
Schimmel Gold's portrait of him because the cowlick was incredibly
But Gold didn't have a good experience working with glass. "I was frustrated trying to cut glass and paint glass," she said. "It wasn't fulfilling a creative need." Gold tossed her wish of becoming an acclaimed stained glass artist into
the Dumpster of life the day her parents decided to palm off some of
their old junk onto her. "Dad has this old-school elementary school paper cutter that he gave to
me, and a whole bunch of old greeting cards," she said. "I cut them up,
glued them onto paper and it looked great! I said, 'Eureka!' " After that, Gold started saving any form of colored paper she could find. "Most of it came from junk mail," she said gleefully. "I used old menus;
postcards; Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons; and business cards. "Holland America mail is the perfect thickness, and I like J. Crew and
Nordstrom's catalogs as well. Pottery Barn? I use the covers but not the
rest. Old movie tickets are good too." Gold cuts the paper into pieces, making sure to remove logos, and puts
each color in a separate filing cabinet. She's very specific -- she has a
drawer dedicated to "celery green." "And I keep metallic colors separate from the others," she said.
Gold spends weeks on her works, many of which are based on classical
compositions such as "Venus," while others are based on celebrities such
as Marilyn Monroe, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley and ... Billy Bush?!?!? Yes, the "Access Hollywood" host is one of the few people lucky enough
to be immortalized in junk mail. Naturally, he was honored by the
tree-saving tribute. "He was screaming because I got his cowlick exactly right," Gold said proudly. Gold's work is sold at fine-art galleries, but, as you might expect,
many of her customers are in the "green" movement and are impressed by
Gold's works sell for as much $10,000, which is great considering that much of the material comes to her in the mail for free.
"I am committed to recycling both personally and professionally, and I
don't use toxins," she said. "You could eat my art ... but I'm not sure
you could digest it."
Amazingly, some of her customers are major companies such as Coors
Brewing Co. and the SushiSamba restaurant chain, which hire her to use
their mailings and ads and turn them into something slightly more
artistic.And, believe it or not, Gold has sold at least five paintings to Ripley's Believe It or Not, and they are being displayed at various Odditoriums around the world.
Loral Deatherage, who manages EcoCentricity,
a Phoenix store specializing in sustainable goodies of all types, says
Gold's work is inspirational to people who want to reduce the amount of
waste sent to landfills. "I always see customers glancing at the mosaics, and when I tell them
they're made from junk mail, they are blown away and start looking at
them even more closely.
"The representational quality is incredible. Many people think recycled
work belongs in a dorm room, but she proves it can be beautiful."
Gold's fellow artists, such as Tami Zweig, a Santa Barbara, Calif., mosaic artist and instructor, also hold her work in high regard. "Her work is really incredible as far as the image she is portraying and
her attention to detail," Zweig said. "I am glad to see her using
recycled materials." Eric Daigh, an artist who does mosaic-type portraits using pushpins, says Gold's choice of material is a comment on the impermanence of life. "The metaphor utilized here is relevant," Daigh said. "Junk mail is, as
mail, dying, I would guess. So there's this ephemeral quality to the
idea that the human form is made from that, transformed." Liz Gordon, who owns The Loft at Liz's, a Los Angeles gallery, may be paying Gold the biggest compliment of all. "I have two boxes of postcards I've been saving for her," she said. "She
makes phenomenal work. We do promote the fact that it's made from junk
mail, but they are amazing pieces."
Although Gold would love for others to find ways to keep paper out of
landfills, she isn't worried that people will be invading her artistic
turf. "The patience required to cut and glue tiny pieces of paper makes it difficult for other people to copy," she said.
Recycled Art Created from Junk Mail Makes Fine Art Pop
Artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold rescues paper waste: advertising ephemera, menus, greeting cards and more to create eco-friendly fine art celebrities can’t get enough of.
Phoenix, AZ - January 4, 2010
Every American receives close to 560 pieces of junk mail each year. Those billions of pieces of junk mail—if laid end to end—would circle the globe more than 240 times. About 50 percent of it ends up in landfills.
Birth of Venus Schimmel Gold’s first solo museum show is at the Springs Preserve Museum in Las Vegas through March 14. The Springs Preserve is a 180-acre cultural institution designed to provide a vision for a sustainable future. However, Schimmel Gold currently has art on display in galleries in several cities in North America. Schimmel Gold is also featured in the recently released 2010 edition of Ripley's Believe It or Not! annual book, "Seeing Is Believing."
About the Art
With a variety of mediums to choose from, Sandhi Schimmel Gold prefers junk mail. The Arizona-based artist creates amazing portraits by upcycling paper destined for landfill. "My pictures are made of thousands of incongruent pieces—images and text."
Schimmel Art was founded with a mission: to create extraordinary fine art while re-using materials that might go to waste. The artist recycles canvas and frames and uses adhesives and lacquers that are acid-free, water-based and non-toxic to complete her work. It is truly eco-friendly fine art.
How The Art is Created
Schimmel Gold marries beauty and ecology. The artwork asks: What is beauty? She re-uses the very images that arrive via mail. She chops them up to create an entirely new illustration of beauty. “I believe we are an aggregate of tiny bits: who we are and where we've been—or who we pretend to be,” Schimmel Gold explains. The artist includes personal objects, photographs, even tax forms in her art.
The art is created in a colorful and complex way this artist sees the world, and the art that evolves from it reflects her need to recycle and to create beauty. Schimmel Gold is a Synesthete—a person who experiences the fusion of two senses—a blending of color and numbers, taste and shape. It’s a rare phenomenon, and Schimmel Gold is considered a "true" Synesthete artist along with David Hockney, Joan Mitchell and Leonardo Da Vinci.
About the Process
“In my world, words, numbers, and sound are infused with color. I do see things differently. My brain is the projector—placing images on blank canvas.” The art is completely handmade; each original can take several weeks to complete.
Schimmel Gold began her professional career painting artistic murals, went on to design consumer goods and later produced retail displays and stage sets. She was always painting custom portraits on the side and is now dedicated to her art full-time.
Her Current Exhibits & Commissions
Schimmel Gold's junk mail mosaics have been displayed at various juried shows, gallery exhibits and museums. She has an established clientele of private and corporate collectors in the United States, Asia and Europe. This summer, Translations Gallery in Denver, CO will host a solo exhibition of the artist's work.
Recently, the artist completed two large commissions. One, for musician Don Miggs — a custom portrait of wife, Lisa DeBartolo Miggs is 48x72” was a surprise gift. Another, a 36x72” landscape of the Rocky Mountains, hangs in the Molson/Coors headquarters in Golden, Colorado — various pieces of Coors packaging and marketing materials were upcycled to create the work. Celebrities who commissioned Schimmel Art portraits include: Kevin Sorbo, Holly Robinson Peete, Deanna Russo, Eva Jeanbart Lorenzotti, Billy Bush and Nancy O’Dell.
About the Artist: Sandhi Schimmel Gold works and lives in Phoenix. To find out more about the artist and her work, exhibits and dates visit www.schimmelart.com or http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1077412083 ###
Daily Mail UK
From trash to treasure: Artist's amazing portraits made out of junk mail that sell for $10,000
By Daily Mail Reporter
UPDATED: 14:56 EST, 14 April 2011
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Eco-Artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold - Painting LIVE - NOVEMBER 12, 2009
APS Energy Star® and Solar Community Privada VIP Open House & Green Living Showcase
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At Privada we’re proud to be leaders in both sustainable building and in creating exquisite homes that are truly environmentally responsible for the long term.
Join us for this very special and informative event. Enjoy live music, sweeping desert views from our backyard, and locally-sourced hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer and cocktails in our VIKING® kitchen.Thursday, November 12th from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
LIVE at this event Sandhi Schimmel Gold - a local green fine artist will exhibit her eco-friendly fine art - mosaic portraits created from junk mail. In addition, the artist will create - on site - a landscape masterpiece for raffle. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Sustainable Solutions, the non-profit arm of the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce.
For location and directions visit: www.privadapinnaclepeak.com. Kindly RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For out-of-town guests attending GREENBUILD 2009 in Phoenix, complimentary transportation to/from the event is provided by Clean Air Cab by calling 480-777-9777.
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November 05, 2009
Exhibits focus on the influence of advertising in living a green life
Las Vegas, NV—New exhibits on display in the Patio Gallery of the Desert Living Center from November 14, 2009 until March 14, 2010 explore how advertising can be and is being used to explore sustainability. Visit these exhibits and make your opinion known about mass media promoting the consumption of “green” products and lifestyles, as well as its use as a vehicle to prompt consumers to make a difference.
Collected by ACT (Advertising Community Together) the ACT Responsible-Advertising Sustainability exhibit showcases ads from around the world that market sustainability. From companies working toward more environmentally friendly operations and “green” products to values that organizations want you to support, this interactive exhibit examines the effectiveness of sustainability-themed advertising, poses questions, and provides opportunities to share your views on advertising and the issues highlighted.
“Advertising surrounds each of us and has an impact in our daily lives on both a conscious and subconscious level,” said Managing Director of the Springs Preserve, Elizabeth Herridge. “These exhibits will give you reason to pause and examine the role ads play in the sustainable choices you make.”
Artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold takes this one step further, using advertising of many forms to create colorful mosaic portraits. Sandhi Schimmel Gold: Junk Mail Art features these portraits, which are assembled from “tiles” made from junk mail, old greeting cards, calendars, photographs, and other paper ephemera—materials that would otherwise go to waste. A self-described “rabid recycler,” Schimmel Gold shows us new visions of beauty created from the advertising industry’s images of beauty.
About the Springs Preserve
The Springs Preserve is a 180-acre national historic site that is the original oasis of Las Vegas and a beacon for a sustainable future. Located three miles from the Strip, the Preserve provides indoor and outdoor experiences that enrich, educate, and entertain visitors of all ages. Indoor experiences include two exhibition galleries dedicated to showcasing art of local and national significance in 8–10 exhibits annually; on-site technologically advanced learning centers; over 300 state-of-the art interactive museum exhibits; and an immersive theater experience. Outdoor experiences at the Preserve include 8 acres of botanical gardens, a series of walking trails leading to historical structures and restored wetlands, live desert wildlife exhibits, a child’s play area, and a 1,800-seat amphitheater. Celebrating the diversity of Las Vegas culture, the Preserve offers events and educational programming that enhance every season of life in the Mojave. Award-winning LEED Platinum architecture and water-smart desert landscaping highlight the Preserve's dedication to sustainability. The Preserve is located at 333 S. Valley View Blvd. For more information, please visit www.springspreserve.org.
ARIZONA GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: PHOENIX CHAPTER TO BE FEATURED IN ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER’S “GREEN ROOM GALLERY”
Eco-Artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold featured in Exhibit opening NOVEMBER 7, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PHOENIX (October 8, 2009)–The Phoenix Chapter of the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce (PGCC) announces today that it will partner with Arizona Science Center in the creation of the “Green Room Gallery,” to open in November. The installation will be open through January in the Sybil B. Harrington Galleries.
Both the PGCC and Arizona Science Center recognize the need for environmental and social education and responsibility in our community. This partnership represents a unique opportunity to educate visitors, expose them to local green resources, and get them thinking about possibilities for sustainable practices in all aspects of every-day life and business. The exhibit will highlight the science behind the green, as well as provide guests with actionable information.
The Green Room theme, ”Moving in the Right Direction,” will demonstrate how small, simple choices of green products, services and practices can make a dramatic impact on the social and environmental fabric of the Valley of the Sun. Sandhi Schimmel Gold's "Spiraling Into Control," an abstract non-toxic, eco-friendly art work created from junk mail, is featured in the home environment.
Display topics include energy savings, water savings, sustainable materials, indoor environmental quality, recycling practices and sustainable lifestyle practices. The exhibit space will be split out to showcase applications across home, transportation, school and workplace. Exhibitor/Sponsors are to include members of the PGCC, and Phoenix-area businesses that demonstrate commitment to promoting green practices.
“As one of the only state level Green Chambers of Commerce, PGCC is honored to partner with the premiere learning and education facility in Arizona,” comments Mara DeFilippis, CEO and Founder of the PGCC. ”The timing couldn’t be better,” she adds. “With Greenbuild in Phoenix, all eyes are on us, and our member/sponsors have a wonderful forum in which to showcase their products and services. We are especially excited that this exhibit will teach visitors in a very hands-on, experiential and meaningful way.”
Chevy Humphrey, President and CEO of Arizona Science Center notes that “as a leading resource for science education within Arizona, the Science Center strives to keep our communities learning, growing and looking to the future. The “Green Gallery” allows us the opportunity to educate our guests on local green initiatives and inspire them to think green within their daily lives while exploring the scientific properties that support a green choices.”
About the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce
The Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the voice and influence of businesses united to promote an environmentally responsible economy and green public policy. Its mission is to link individuals and businesses dedicated to advancing sustainability and serve as a central portal of information, resources and connectivity. For more information, please visit http://www.arizonagreenchamber.org/Phoenix
About Arizona Science Center
The mission of Arizona Science Center is to inspire, educate and entertain people of all ages about science. Featuring more than 350 hands-on exhibits, a multi-media Dorrance Planetarium, a five-story IMAXÒ Theater and programming to fit kids of all ages, Arizona Science Center provides educational entertainment year round. Located at 600 E. Washington Street in historic Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix. For more information, please visit www.azscience.org <http://www.azscience.org> or call 602-716-2000.
Molson Coors Commissions Artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold to create Sustainable Art
Colorado Landscape Created from Coors Packaging, Marketing Materials, and More
Phoenix, AZ - October 20, 2009 - Translations Gallery in Denver, Colorado has facilitated the commission of a custom creation for the Molson Coors headquarters in Golden, Co. by eco-artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold. The artist has created an abstracted, fictional Colorado landscape from a number of photographs - featuring Rocky Mountains, meadows and a stream.
The artist creates mosaics from junk mail - for this piece, she is also incorporating materials from Coors products, packaging, aerial photography from Golden, Colorado and marketing materials. She hand-cuts the materials to create "tiles" which she affixes to canvas. The size of this landscape is 36x72". The target date for completion is November 14, 2009.
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