Natalie Dymnicki, American (1923 - 2000)

Natalie Dymnicki

A graduate of Yale School of Fine Arts, she has also studied at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, Pratt Graphics, Manhattan School of Printing and the Art Students League.

She taught at the Mann-Bernard School and has written and illustrated several books amont them, 'The World in a City Block', 'Zig-Zag Zeppo', and 'The Palace of Fun'.

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from a NY Times Article - NEW YORK DAY BY DAY; IN THE BEHOLDERS' EYES
By Susan Heller Anderson and David W. Dunlap

Published: June 29, 1985

Splashes of orange, green, red and gold brightened a drizzly day yesterday as about 60 children plowed through piles of multicolored junk at the Found Objects Fair, in the playground of Public School 61, at 610 East 12th Street.

The fair was the inspiration of Natalie Dymnicki, a self-styled trash artist.

She was aided by other trash artists and a trash band, with instruments made from junk.

She got the idea for the fair after her recent exhibition of color-coded trash cans. Residents were asked to deposit colored trash in the appropriate can along East 10th Street, and the effort attracted like-minded Lower East Siders.

''They all responded enormously to the idea of working with children,'' she said.

George Bliss, who owns a junk shop nearby, strummed a double bass made of an inverted metal planter, a broom handle and a piece of string. ''The statement we make is to use the stuff,'' he explained. ''Don't throw it out.''

Youngsters amused themselves drawing posters reading, ''Keep New York Clean,'' made instruments from junk and fashioned costumes for themselves.

''I was just walking by,'' said Luz Rivera, who was with her 9-year-old daughter, Kim.

Minutes later, Kim, with plastic daisies in her hair and a dress made of golden wrapping paper, was transformed into a princess.

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