Bobbi Mastrangelo, The “Grate Artist”, is internationally known for her unique creations based on the theme of manhole covers. Deeply embossed prints on her hand-made paper transform the mundane iron covers into jewel like mandelas. Her tromp ‘l oeil sculpture relief works artistically capture the essence of utility covers in urban settings. Their appearance is so realistic that viewers wonder how she managed to put all that “weight “ up on the wall.
The Baltimore Public Works Museum and The Islip, NY Art Museum have extensive collections of the artist’s works. Other museums owning her work are The Heckscher Museum of Huntington, NY, and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University (National Association of Women Artists’ Permanent Collection).
Port Washington, NY Water District and Suffolk County, NY Water Authority own her Water Works Prints. Other important collectors include: Nassau County, NY Community College (purchase prize), author Fr. Joseph Girzone and The Moscow Collection of World Manhole Covers.
Art- Exchange.com features some of Mastrangelo’s work commercially. The Moscow web site: www. Sewers.artinfo.ru entitled “Sewers of the World, Unite” features not only her art works, but also art happenings and a poem about her manhole cover adventures. .
The former “Barbara Betschen” graduated cum laude with a BS in Elementary Education at SUNY Buffalo NY where she met her future husband Alfred. She must have had an inkling that one day she would follow her dream. Surely a last name like Mastrangelo would sound much more like an artist. First an Elementary School Teacher, who always stayed in the classroom to learn from the art teacher: then a Stay – at Home Mom.
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