Gallery U in Westfield is pleased to exhibit “Knock On Wood” — the work of artist Amy Puccio from October 9 - November 2, 2015, as part of their “Art In the Boutique” series. Amy Puccio creates wood mosaic sculptures by cutting down left-over and unusable lengths of decorative picture frame moulding into many small pieces. She is able to engage this material in a novel way, creating her own ‘puzzle pieces’ that together create beautiful multi-dimensional wall reliefs. Her approach melds the masculine with the feminine  with astonishingly beautiful results.   

Exposure to her father’s creative carpentry as a child, combined with a background in science and an understanding of ecology, has led to a form of wood sculpture that is unusual, compelling, and eco-friendly. “These sculptures have been compared to a jigsaw puzzle, but like the puzzle that is life, the pieces don’t always fit together so perfectly,” explains Puccio. “But we make them fit, and, inherent in the imperfection, we find something  beautiful.”

An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, October 30, 2015, from 6-8 PM. All are welcome. Artwork will be exhibited October 9 - November 2, 2015. Something Wicked This Way Comes:  Artwork Celebrating the Gothic & Beautifully Macabre will be on exhibit in the main gallery. 

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About AMY PUCCIO: Amy Puccio graduated from Kean University with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. She was a product development chemist for nine years and briefly, a portrait photographer.  After becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started working part-time as a picture framer, learning on the job.  Amy began creating art while working in frame shops and in a contemporary art gallery. She built her first recycled-wood sculpture in 2006. Amy Puccio is a self-taught artist. 

About GALLERY U BOUTIQUE: Gallery U Boutique is an extension of Universal Institute, a rehabilitation facility that services adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The venue serves as a vocational training program whose goal is to introduce people with TBI back into the work force and community. Clients at Universal Institute take part in all aspects of running Gallery U Boutique. Vocational, occupational and cognitive therapies are conducted in the back workrooms. Working at Gallery U Boutique provides an opportunity for adults with TBI to rejoin the workforce, engage with the community, learn new skills, and experience the transformative power of art through exposure to existing art and creation of their own artwork. Additional information about Gallery U Boutique: http://gallery-u.blogspot.com.