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Be sure to ‘Feed the Chickens’

New art installation uses recycled material, encourages viewer involvement

Valentina Heishman, left, stands beside Amanda Bury as they exhibit Heishman's latest sculpture, "Feed the Chickens," outside of Bury's business at 97 Albany St.

Valentina Heishman, left, stands beside Amanda Bury as they exhibit Heishman's latest sculpture, "Feed the Chickens," outside of Bury's business at 97 Albany St. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— Also an experienced jewelry artist, a number of pieces from Heishman’s “recycled jewelry” line can be found in Amanda Bury’s shop, along with about a dozen of her uniquely-titled sculptures.

“It’s wonderful having Val around,” Bury said. “It’s always fun, and we collaborate on lots of pieces, like the eyes hanging outside my shop, for instance.”

“If Amanda likes it, I know it’s good,” Heishman said.

Sculpting has come as a cathartic practice for Heishman in recent years, as her struggle with Multiple Sclerosis waxes and wanes. Having moved to Cazenovia with her family six years ago, she quickly became a familiar face in the Cazenovia art scene. She is a member of Cazenovia Arts as well as a volunteer driver for CRIS-CAT, and has been known to make the short trip up Albany Street and lend a hand to at Tizzy’s and Flowers on Main.

Also an avid gardener, Heishman said she will continue to pursue new materials and create more artwork while juggling her numerous responsibilities. She can be found behind the counter at Amanda Bury Antiques every Thursday. To contact the store, call 655-3326 or visit amandaburyantiques.com.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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