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Untitled oil, enamel, ink and acrylic on jute painting by artist Spencer Lewis

Spencer Lewis
Untitled, 2021
Oil, enamel, acrylic and ink on jute
97 x 68 inches (246.4 x 172.7 cm)
© Spencer Lewis Photo: Ruben Diaz

Textile artists who work with fabric often turn to thrift stores to find affordable raw materials. Goodwill Southern California has taken it a step further, inviting a pair of artists to create an installation, using unsold clothing as inspiration and material — and saving it from the landfill.

Opening Thursday, the exhibit at the Atwater Village store has several giant art panels that dominate the lobby, along with canvases and a collection of wearables.

The canvases and sculptures were painted and built by contemporary artist Spencer Lewis, while curator Darren “DRx” Romanelli worked with the American Sewing Guild Los Angeles Chapter to also create a collection of wearables for the exhibit.

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