Mel Andringa was 10 years old when he discovered that puzzle companies sometimes use the same pattern to cut jigsaw puzzles that have different pictures. He has used that discovery to make puzzle art for seventy years. Changing Climate is an exhibition of ‘found material’, puzzle collages made using Paint-by-Number pictures puzzles from Four Point Puzzles. The collages contain more than 20,000 pieces.
Andringa was co-founder and co-director of Legion Arts, the organization that proceeded CSPS. He retired in January 2020 after 30 years of service to the organization.
On the occasion of Mel’s 80th birthday (August 18, 2023) CSPS is sponsoring a pop-up exhibition of a series of fifteen, recent (2022), puzzle collages on the theme of climate change.
The works are for sale and the profits will benefit CSPS.
Thanks to the Assemblers: Michelle Fisher, Luke and Amy Griggs Mueggenberg, Ann Kelly, Deborah Lebeda, Kate Sanders family, and Missa and Marios from the Tree of Liminality.
Special thanks to CSPS staff for making this exhibition possible.