An exhibit of salvaged wood pieces from Hurricane Sandy, “Stitched in Wood,” by Laura Petrovich-Cheney will be open through March 16 in Chadron State College’s Memorial Hall. The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Often my inspiration begins during a walk when, by chance, I come across discarded, broken or decaying material. A plastic top, a piece of string, a fallen tree limb, or a washed up boat—all hold aesthetic promise, as I imagine transforming the material into something new. My work mirrors the human experience, so full of transformation, second chances, reinvention and resilience,” Petrovich-Cheney said.

When describing the process of arranging wood from the 2012 into smaller pieces, then rearranging the parts into a larger quilt design, she affirms both local and universal themes.

“In its aftermath, the once organized communities and lives of the residents were recognizable only as piles of rubble distributed haphazardly during the chaos of the storm. Clapboard siding, floorboards, cabinets and window frames, were often all that remained of homes torn apart by the storm's ferocity. The intimate textures of this wood, with its chipped layers of paint, nail holes and grain, tell a story and suggest another prior life in the faded colors and worn surfaces,” she said.

Upcoming dates

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  • Starting Thursday, February 8th, 2018, repeats every day until Friday, March 16, 2018 — all day