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Plastics have changed our lives. Just about everything we use have plastics in them.  Now, a local art gallery is paying tribute to a scientist who helped develop the modern plastics we use today.

The exhibit, "Plastic Fantastic", is showing at the Deborah Colton Gallery.  Houston arts blogger Abby Koenig recently visited the exhibit and talked to Colton about the concept behind it.

"Dr. Harry Anspon held more than 50 patents on plastics development.  He truly helped change the world," Colton said.

She and Dr. Anspon's daughter, Catherine Anspon, curated the exhibit.  Anspon is the fine arts editor for the local magazine PaperCity.  The exhibit features artwork made from plastics as well as a documentary about Dr. Anspon's life.

"What really works for me conceptually about this exhibit is that inventors and artists are very similar," Colton told Koenig.  "They both think outside the box and they come up with new ideas."

The most striking part of the exhibit is a three-dimensional plastic house filled with items made from plastic that sits in the middle of the main exhibition room of the gallery.  It was created by artist Karen Arzamendi as her master's thesis at the University of North Texas.

Plastic Fantistic runs through Oct. 31.  The Deborah Colton Gallery is located at 2445 North Boulevard.

For more information on the exhibit, go to:

www.deborahcoltongallery.com

To read Abby Koenig's blog posts, check out:

www.houstonpress.com/authors/abby-koenig/

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