Appomattox native Cynthia Petry

Appomattox native Cynthia Petry will have six pieces of assembled found objects in the upcoming Ashland University faculty exhibition.

Appomattox native Cynthia Petry keeps her art supplies in tubs.

But inside those tubs you won’t find brushes or paint tubes. Instead, the Ashland University professional art instructor and Coburn Gallery director stashes away found objects – 19th century photographs, buttons, pieces of string, words on paper, human hair.

Yes, human hair.

Some of that hair is her own, some of it purchased at auction.

And though it may sound strange, Petry said there’s a method and a purpose to the collecting.

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