I am finishing up my second piece for the 10x10Brunswick annual art show fundraiser for the 'Arts Are Elementary' program. (See my blog entry for 5/29/13.) As a sculptor, I have chosen utilize plaster reliefs as my medium for this show. The only tricky part was to devise an effective way to mount the pieces in the 10"x10" metal frames required for displaying the work. My solution: 1) cut an opening matching the size of the relief in a 1/4 inch thick piece of 10"x10" foamcore board; 2) attach a 10"x10" piece of mat board to the back of the foamcore; 3) adhere the relief to the backing board with epoxy; 4) cut a straight edged opening matching the size of the relief in a 10'x10" piece of white mat board; 5) cut a beveled edge opening 1/4 inch larger in a piece of colored mat board; 6) attach both mat boards to the foamcore board. The final step is to insert the matted piece into the black metal frame. I find this technique provides a secure and effective setting for the reliefs.
Cynthia Smith, Maine artist, originally from Connecticut. Taught art at secondary level for 35 years, retired in 2004. Sculpts in bronze, wood, stone, clay & plaster. Her work can be seen at several mid-coast Maine galleries and shows.