Fitchburg artist to host ‘From Trash to Living Room: New Work’ exhibit

FITCHBURG — Artist Samuel Luxama of Fitchburg presents a unique exhibition of art and mixed-media in “From Trash to Living Room: New Work,” from 4 until 7:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 322 Ashburnham St.

The exhibition is open to all, and light refreshments will be served.

Luxama is a “mixed-media” specialist whose work has been exhibited overseas in Haiti and Dominican Republic, as well as in Florida and Massachusetts.

His most recent gallery show was participating in “The Spirit of Haiti in Art Forms,” at Harvard University in Cambridge.

“I was born in Haiti,” said Luxama, who is also a member of the Fitchburg Cultural Council. “It is a poor country, but we have a lot of artists because this is our passion. We mix several colors through marriage — we are passionate about music and art because it is in our roots.”

Besides its chronic poverty, Haiti that has seen devastating weather events, which have destroyed buildings, towns and whole regions.

“Art is the thing that helps us survive with everything that happens,” Luxama said. “When there is a disaster, we recycle every piece we can find, and from these ‘bones,’ we do a lot of things. By painting, sculpturing and recycling, this makes things easier for us.”

Luxama, who also works in Human Services, found that coping with the COVID-19 lockdowns was possible by accelerating his artistic activities.

“Myself, my wife, Flore, and my three sons stayed home most of the time and we made art together,” he said. “When you don’t know how tomorrow is going to be, making art made my life happy with my family — I was drawing, my wife was drawing, my kids too.”

Luxama says that was fun in the middle of the chaos.

“Art can be a healing force in people’s lives,” Luxama said. “Art is in everything — the way you cook, the way you dress and the way you talk. Everyone is an artist. But it may take time for you to discover this.”

Visit Samuel Luxama on Facebook, email him at [email protected] or call 857-218-2665 for more information.

Fitchburg artist to host ‘From Trash to Living Room: New Work’ exhibit