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Reconstruction Recycled Art Show returns to the Alpine Arts Center

This whimsical larger-than-life-size tiki sculpture titled “King Renew” was fashioned by artist Bart Gunderson from wooden crates and cardboard boxes.

Have you ever found inspiration in an item headed for the dustbin? Do you feel a sense of accomplishment when you find a second (or third, or fourth) use for something that might otherwise be cast off? A group of local artists has made this goal their focus for the fourth annual Reconstruction Recycled Art Show. The Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability invites the community to celebrate the opening of this year's show on Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the Alpine Arts Center in Edwards. Local artists have transformed recycled, reused and re-purposed materials into a diverse range of artwork. The show will continue at the Alpine Arts Center through the end of September.

The original concept for the Reconstruction show was inspired by one of the goals of the Eagle Valley Alliance itself; keeping useable materials out of the waste stream. Board member Rebecca Hollister conceived the idea as a fun way to involve the community in creatively re-thinking the items we use day-to-day. The Alliance is a community organization whose mission is based on creating a culture of environmental sustainability.

Dedicated to Diversity

Alpine Arts Center is dedicated to providing a diverse visual arts education for emerging and established artists of all ages. A broad spectrum of classes, open workshops, drop-in sessions, summer programs, birthday parties, exhibits, public events, and outreach programs are offered to foster the appreciation, practice, and enjoyment of the visual arts throughout the Vail Valley and beyond.

Following the initial show in 2010, interest in the "reconstruction" theme grew amongst the art community, with several featured artists being repeat contributors. Artist Valerie "Valoo" Gross states, "I have a hard time throwing away anything I can use for future crafts. I'm a crafty hoarder if you will!" Her piece, titled "Chouettes Chouettes," is constructed of bicycle parts and fallen tree bark harvested from the ground in East Vail.

Jenifer Hammond, a new artist to the show this year, created a piece using an abandoned dressing table and a broken mirror from a fashion show. Other elements include a belly button ring, beads and paint.

"'Fractured Self Image' is a statement piece of furniture created from found and broken items that speak to the process of fracturing a young woman's hyper-sexual self image and piecing it back together to create something imperfect but beautiful and richly authentic," Hammond said.

The broad range of inspiration behind the artwork will serve to engage viewers' interest, and stir a deeper consciousness of where things come from, and where they go once their perceived useful lives are over.

The show will also feature works by local youth who have participated in summer programs at Alpine Arts Center, as well as a group from St. Clare of Assisi Parish. The free reception will include appetizers from HP's Provisions, and beverages from Bonfire Brewing. Most of the artwork will be available for sale via silent auction bidding, and first, second and third place winners in both the adult and youth categories will be awarded based on a Viewer's Choice public vote. The silent auction and public voting will close at 7 p.m., with winners to be announced at 7:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the pieces will benefit the Alpine Arts Center and the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability.

To learn more about the Reconstruction Recycled Art Show please visit http://www.alpineartscenter.org. The Alpine Arts Center is located at 210 Edwards Village Boulevard, Unit A105, in the Edwards Commercial Park.