The Ameristar Gallery is home to the Foundry Art Centre's Emerging Artist Series.
Artists fresh on the art scene can display their work to introduce their style to the local art community. 

Bruce Alves III

September 30 – November 11, 2016

Art for me has always been about the process of discovery, taking the “what if’s” and making them a reality.  At no point in a person’s life are the “what if’s“ more prevalent than in the imaginative mind of a child.  A single stick in a child’s hand can be anything from a wizard’s wand, to a snake, to a divining stick to Atlantis.  The work I create revisits that time in my life when anything was possible and the rules of reality did not seem to limit what you could do.  Taking old commercial molds & molds I have made myself of kitschy porcelain knick-knacks, I turn myself into a ceramic Dr. Frankenstein.  Cutting apart and splicing together different combinations of animals or dolls just to see what new creatures will come alive.  Each of the pieces have their own personality and history, which brings to it a slightly twisted sense of humor that I enjoy.  Whether it be just the curious combinations or the unexpected act each piece appears to be doing, I hope the viewer at least gives just the slightest uncontrollable smirk at each piece they see.  These ‘toys’ signify for me that time in our lives when life was carefree and you did not have a million e-mails to read, errands to run, or meetings to attend.  The only thing that mattered was deciding what toy you were going to play with next.