The Art of Intercepting Stream Waste

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Seventeen students from Mary Baldwin College waded in with energy and enthusiasm to pull trash out of Lewis Creek recently.

On April 25th, MBC’s Doenges Visiting Artist/Scholar for this year, Aurora Robson, led her students on a clean-up of two sections of Lewis Creek that lie within the city limits of Staunton, VA.

Aurora is a multi-media artist known predominantly for her transformative work intercepting the waste stream using plastic debris, excess packaging and junk mail. She lives and works in New York. For more information about Aurora and her amazing sculptures, please visit

Aurora’s May Term course is called “Sculpture – Intercepting the Waste Stream.” Students in this course will learn to make sculptures from some of the trash they collected from the clean-up as well as trash collected around campus. Here is a link to the blog for the class:

During the clean-up, one group of students worked along the section of Lewis Creek adjacent to the Virginia School for the Deaf & Blind, and the other group worked the section adjacent to Stuart Hall’s soccer fields just north of Statler Boulevard. Aurora, Bruce Dorries from MBC, Tom Yeago from The Lewis Creek Watershed Advisory Committee, and Joe McCue from FOMR helped supervise the clean-up groups.

Several pickup truck loads of debris were pulled from Lewis Creek. Included among the debris were several tires, an old TV, a 20 ft. insulated tarp, a lot of plastic, many glass bottles and aluminum cans. All recyclable material not kept by the students for their projects was taken to recycling centers, and tires were taken to the Staunton/Augusta Landfill

FOMR would like to thank Bruce, Tom, Aurora and her students for their enthusiastic clean-up of Lewis Creek

Now for the best part, and something you do not want to miss – the class ends in an exhibit of the students’ sculptures at the Staunton/Augusta Art Center on Monday, May 13th. The exhibit is called “Interceptors” and the sculptures will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to FOMR. Please join us for the exhibit and auction. You may be taking home a very unique work of art!


from course website:

In order fulfill the course requirements, each student is focusing on creating one exceptionally refined sculpture made predominantly out of debris. Each piece created by the students will utilizing at least one component taken from our clean up of Lewis Creek.The class will commence with a pop up exhibit / reception entitled: “Interceptors” to take place at The Staunton-Augusta Art Center
20 S. New St, Staunton, VA 24401
Phone: 540-885-2028″Interceptors” will be open to the public for only 3 days:
Saturday, May 11th, from 10-4pm
Sunday, May 12th, from 1-4 pm
Monday, May 13th, from 10-5pm
*Reception Monday, May 13th from 5-7pm.

The works at “Interceptors” will be auctioned to raise money and awareness to continue cleaning up the waterways in Staunton — supporting Friends of the Middle River and raising awareness about plastic pollution.

The public is welcome & encouraged to come bid on the work. We invite you to enjoy these creations and help care for your waterways.

“INTERCEPTORS” Features new work by:
Morgan Elizabeth Allanson
Chelsea Carter
Theadora Cordero
Olivia Caron Grace
Kelli Elizabeth Jennison
Brandy Nicole Loy
Jasmine Renee Lycurgus-Truitt
Shelley M. Rubiani
Amanda Colleen Miller
Joanna Elizabeth Mills
Kyrstin Ann Morris
Eric Mowen
Michelle Lynn Roumillat
Maria E. Sibrian-Pleitez
Kari Renee Watson
Sarah Afton Webb
Megan Marie Wilfong

Images of Works, Titles, Dims, Reserve Prices TBA

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