An artist in our midst: Whatever Works can be beautiful: Marybeth Sorendo

Artist Marybeth Sorendo cuddles her dog, Mojo, who serves as the inspiration for some of her work.

Artist Marybeth Sorendo cuddles her dog, Mojo, who serves as the inspiration for some of her work.

— From these broken pieces comes a new, different piece, often a piece that mixes the original tradition with a new insight. She never works with potential antiques as they already have an ascribed value. She prefers to “rescue pieces that might otherwise be rendered trash.”

Sorendo’s pieces garnered high praise from Jenifer Herman, the proprietor of Red Door Artisans in Brewerton, where the work is on display.

“[They’re] always a surprise…always fun, never too serious,” Herman said. “She is precise, but brings an eclectic mix of pieces.”

In fact, Sorendo’s work at Red Door Artisans runs the gamut of uses: from tables, to bird houses, to items for children, to mirrors. The work reveals her devotion to Mojo, items for dogs and cats, too — beds, toy boxes, hangers for leashes. The work is often whimsical in nature, but, too, a serious, creative commentary on how important it is to honor nature.

Sorendo does not name her work, but there are tables that dramatize the organic nature of function. For example, she worked a beautiful, old coffee table in shades of green, depicting vines and leaves. The apron of the table, however, is very different from the tabletop, capturing the time of the piece in a unique way. You might expect to see the patterns somewhere else in the home where the table originally lived.

That work is on display and available for sale at Red Door Artisans, 8415 Brewerton Road, Cicero. She also has pieces in Oswego at Mother Earth Baby on Bridge Street. She is also available to fill custom orders. Contact her at whateverworks.mbs@gmail.com.

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