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Bennett hones artistic creativity with discarded glassware projects PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kyle Arnoldy   

“I learned from my mom to stay busy to stay young,” Kimberlee Bennett said while surrounded by the pieces of her newly discovered hobby—creating glassware art.

Bennett, currently a fourth-grade teacher at Holyoke Elementary School who has been teaching in Holyoke since 1990, discovered the art of using glassware for yard decorations while on a trip to Iowa in 2012.

On the trip, Bennett purchased a piece of yard art made up of a glass goblet, vase, paperweight and plate, all glued together. The purchase inspired Bennett to explore her own creativity.

“I’m not an artsy person—I can’t draw anything, but I am creative and thought ‘I can do that,’” Bennett said.

This past October, Bennett began to create her own pieces from glassware she had gathered from auctions, garage sales, Goodwill Industries and from friends who were willing to part ways with glassware that had been taking up space in their homes.

“I like the creativeness of it and that each piece is unique,” Bennett explained. “A lot of the pieces are pieces that were stuck in people’s cupboards for years and years or that people have thrown away. That whole recycling, reusing and repurposing aspect is really exciting.”

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Kimberlee Bennett sits next to her glass yard art display
positioned at the front of her home on Morlan Avenue.
Bennett has been creating these decorative pieces made
up of repurposed glassware since October. 

 —Enterprise photo

Holyoke Enterprise January 9, 2014