Michelle Peterson-Albandoz, owner and artist at Las Manos Gallery, takes great pleasure in gathering, ripping, pulling, cleaning and stripping…wood. To be exact, chaotic materials that people just discard. Most of us don’t even see these objects that become cohesive panels inspired by nature. We just see faded 2 by 4’s in a pile by the empty lot. Or an eye sore. Michelle takes a different view. The more beaten and abused the wood, the better it translates alongside other pieces. The weathering of the squares and strips that make up her art panels create a certain flow, a natural and architectural one.