Trash to Treasure 4

Rebecca Low’s sculptures celebrate 
hidden beauty — and communicate 
an important message

A true artist sees potential wherever he or she looks — the hidden beauty in an object, person or event that simply needs to be drawn out in order to shine. Rebecca Low, the sculptor and owner of Rebecca Low Gallery at 7608 Camp Bowie West, has become a master seer of objects’ hidden potentials.

Her sculptures, which range from freestanding to wall and floor pieces, combine found objects with the transformative power of the elements to create memorable and striking works of art. As an artist, her work is prominently featured in both public and private spaces; as a curator, she shares her vision of sculptural integrity with the community, and thus promotes a greater vision for Fort Worth art.

“We promote creativity here,” says Rebecca of her gallery. “It’s about seeing things differently. The idea of turning trash into treasure as it could apply throughout our lives, whether it’s giving people a second chance, or getting to know someone before you make a decision.”

To change a person’s perceptions: this, to Rebecca, is the goal of her art. People practice shifted perceptions every time they look at a cloud and see a castle; at Rebecca Low Gallery, you can just as easily look at a pile of car parts and see a person. A representative sculpture, Carlotta, is comprised of salvaged antique auto parts. The various pieces, which include a headlight from a 1936 Ford and a 1962 VW Beetle bumper, combine with high-end automotive paint to render a charming and lively, seven-foot tall “lady.”

The genesis of Carlotta actually mirrors Rebecca’s birth as a sculptor. As most great endeavors do, it commenced with the help of a committed partner.

“I had a conversation with my dog, Pepper, about how I should be a recycler,” says Rebecca. “I had no idea that I could do sculpture or create. I had a design business for 25 years. I decided to make Carlotta because there were so many car parts laying around.”

Rebecca had established a successful career as an interior designer, a skill set that would later come into play with the construction of her gallery. Walks with her dog became gathering expeditions, and her interest in combining found objects inspired Rebecca to take a pass/fail welding course at Tarrant County Junior College. From there, Rebecca’s artistic interest ballooned with her burgeoning skill.

Early commissions came in the form of designs for friends and necessitated a dedicated space. Throughout this period, Carlotta came closer and closer to completion; as the metallic lady came together in a combination of taillights and chrome, Rebecca saw her own future take shape.

“Carlotta took about three years, and I had so much fun with her I decided I wanted to do sculpture for a living,” says Rebecca. “With some help from my family, I was able to get the property on Camp Bowie West and build the gallery. I was just going by the seat of my pants, no doubt about it.”

The gallery, which Rebecca herself designed, houses her own work, along with pieces from 11 other artists. A 5,000-square-foot garden space complements the indoor galleries and provides a home for Rebecca’s water sculptures. Rebecca’s personal studio, housed in the back, is the nexus for Carlotta’s diverse assortment of kindred.

“About 50 percent of my work is residential,” says Rebecca. “We will work with anyone that has an appreciation for art and would like something lovely in their home, garden, pool or business.”

In addition to the private pieces, Rebecca has created several major works that the public can view in places like Harris Hospital, the Village at Fairview shopping center and Fort Worth City Hall. Farther afield, Rebecca’s work also celebrates hope and health with a sculpture at Saint Elizabeth’s Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

“Many of the public pieces have a message,” explains Rebecca. “For many, it’s about joy and finding peace. They always form in my heart, there’s no doubt about that.”

Art lovers should need no excuse to visit Rebecca’s gallery, which maintains regular hours Wednesday through Saturday. The bi-annual Gallery Night, which next occurs on September 10th, provides an opportunity to browse Rebecca’s gallery and mingle with the artist herself. To learn more about Rebecca, her art, or the other artists currently hosted in her gallery, visit www.rebeccalow.com.