First Friday exhibit features art made from recyclable items
Cultural Confidential Contributor
WHAT: First Friday art exhibit opening reception
WHEN: 7 p.m. Fri., Aug. 2
WHERE: The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh ST.
COST: Free, open to the public
INFO: www.gjartcenter.org or 970-243-7337, ext. 2
“Sun Worshippers and Junk Yard Dogs” showcases artists who work with recyclables or use the environment as a theme in their creative processes. The Aug. 2 opening exhibit will house sculpture, photography, drawing, video, assemblage, collage and installation.
With so much conversation about sustainability, global warming and its effects on long- and short-term economics, it is not only on scientists’ minds but artists’ as well. Artists have always been recyclers and many see it as a responsibility that their work not only be beautiful but relevant to its time. This exhibit showcases art as a voice for change and also that art can be made from just about anything. Assemblage and collage create an economic level field for all artists. If creatives cannot afford to go to the art supply store, this exhibit will give visitors a range of other material options.
Exhibiting artist John Anglim talks about his process in this way: “In addition to the artistic aspect of the work, I hope to create a narrative of age, surprise and mystery; there is definitely satisfaction in using recycled and repurposed materials. It’s nice to know that these items find new life as a piece of art.”
The second opening exhibit on First Friday is “Fired Up Again” featuring the Junction Clay Arts Guild with an ever-changing variety of styles and techniques that are sure to enhance both appreciation and knowledge for clay as an art medium. The group will once again feature functional work as well as sculpture and pottery as fine art. Expect to see a variety of firing techniques, such as raku, wood fire, salt bisque and much more.
First Friday will begin with an introduction of exhibits by arts community leader Caole Lowry. There will be music by guitarist Bryce MacEvoy and pianist Robbie Breaux. If weather permits, “Project Recycle City” will be constructed by all those attending the opening. This is a giant cardboard city project facilitated by the Western Colorado Collage Society in the sculpture garden.
First Fridays are free and open to the public. Both exhibits run through Aug. 28.
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Basalt town government officials learned from Waste Management that it will require a $120,000 subsidy to keep a recycling drop-off site in Willits operating in 2020. That’s double the subsidy of last year. It reflects the depressed market for recycled materials.