Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival: trash to treasure

Many of us recycle. The plastic bottles go in the bin and out with the trash as does the tin and paper. But there’s a way more creative and sustainable way to recycle. Turn that throw-away into art. That’s what the creative exhibitors at the 15th annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival do. The show is the oldest recycled art market in the nation. Items on view will run from wearable art such as clothing, jewelry and fashion accessories to furniture and accessories for the home to objects d’art. The show will be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.  It opens on Friday evening, November 15th from 7 to 9pm. Saturday hours are from 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday it’s open from 10am to 5pm.

From trash to wearable art

2012 Recycle Santa Fe Art Show fashion show contestants, photo Jacobs Photography, courtesy Recycle Santa Fe Art Show

2012 Recycle Santa Fe Art Show fashion show contestants, photo Jacobs Photography, courtesy Recycle Santa Fe Art Show

The event kicks off on Friday evening with the Trash Fashion and Costume Contest, a recycled fashion show. Don’t limit your thinking to repurposed old clothing, the designers here definitely don’t. The clothing that shows up here uses anything and everything that might be headed for the landfill. It’s fun and innovative and there are prizes. You’ll see models strut their stuff in things like cocktail dresses made out of milk cartons or crocheted from cassette tapes. The designs are as wild as the designers’ imaginations.

Trash into Treasure

Light with trahs. Lamps at Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival photo/Steve Collins

Light your home with whimsical trash lamps shown  at Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival photo/Steve Collins

The juried show will feature eighty artists from states including New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, California and Arizona. Items on view must contain a minimum of 75% recycled materials. Come find out what these artists can create from trash. Sarah Pierpont, Deputy Director of the New Mexico Recycling Coalition, the group behind the show, says it “demonstrates the resourcefulness of the artists and has grown into a powerful economic development tool for existing and emerging artists.”

Support the environment and art and join the fun at the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival. I know we’ll be there.

Recycled neclace, courtesy Recycle Santa Fe Kari Stringer

Recycled necklace,photo/ courtesy Recycle Santa Fe Kari Stringer

If you go

General admission on Friday evening is $5. Fashion show tickets (including general admission) are $15 to $20. They may be purchased in advance either online at Tickets Santa Fe or by calling 988-1234. Children under 12 are admitted free.

From Recycle Santa Fe, courtesy Recycle Santa Fe

From Recycle Santa Fe, photo/ourtesy Recycle Santa Fe

Decorate your home with these….

Creative wall arr and sculptures at Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, photo/Steve Collins

Creative wall arr and sculptures at Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, photo/Steve Collins

Or these:

Big eyes are watching you at Recycle Santa Fe Art Festoval, photo/Steve Collins

Big eyes are watching you at Recycle Santa Fe Art Festoval, photo/Steve Collins

Meet artist Julie Anderson and look for her at the 2013 Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival.

Julie Anderson's EB Nation dolls made from recycled materials, photo/Steve Collins

Julie Anderson’s EB Nation dolls made from recycled materials, photo/Steve Collins

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2 Responses to “Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival: trash to treasure”

  1. Leigh
    November 15, 2019 at 9:51 am #

    I am always in awe at how people are so creative with everyday things that most of us think of us trash. One of my favourite pieces of art in my house is made up of found pieces and recycled bits. I wish I could attend.

    • Billie Frank
      November 16, 2019 at 10:13 am #

      I wish you could too. It’s a fun show.

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