Environmentalist Artist turns Trash into Beauty

Work for this environmental artist began decades ago, perhaps as far back as the fifties, when she started collecting “stuff that others use once and throw away”, for creative visual expression.

Most recently Ms. Luerine Spencer became especially intrigued with “paper gems”-paper towels, bath tissue and gift wrapping cardboard tubes. She has used these tubes to create art by transforming them in ways that surprise. Added interest comes from the natural objects of nature she sometimes combines with the paper gems.

Her unique creations exemplify the artist’s commitment to our environment through recycling to make art. She shares a positive message about beauty in nature and art in hopes of encouraging others to look at our environment in loving and creative ways.

A graduate of Monroeville Rosenwald High School and Alabama State University, Ms. Spencer holds a B.A. degree in Fine Arts. As a retired art teacher with over thirty years of working with children, she continues, in her words, “making use of my talents to bless others,”

She currently serves as a Sunday School teacher, drama coordinator and decorations coordinator for her church; and as a resident artist and art teacher at Dixon School of the Arts in Pensacola, Florida.

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