Trash becomes treasure at Recycled Art Show in Edwards |

Trash becomes treasure at Recycled Art Show in Edwards

Caramie Schnell
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

An old window shutter becomes a canvas for aspen trees.

Once-rusty nails are re-imagined with a coat of fresh paint.

A black rubber inner tube is converted into a chair.

The Reconstruction Recycled Art Show, hosted by the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, is on display now at the Alpine Arts Center in Edwards. The exhibit is proof that one person’s trash is another’s treasure.

“It’s really fun to see what shows up,” said Lauren Merrill, the owner of the Alpine Arts Center and one of the artists who took part in the exhibit. “There’s some pieces that I’ve never seen anything quite like them before. Like someone used a plastic salad bowl, broken up, to make a three-dimensional flower pop out of a painting. There’s just such unique ways of combining materials and artwork.”

Local artists and students were tasked with using materials from the Habitat for Humanity Home Outlet, as well as other recycled objects, to create the artwork. The art center will host a reception for the exhibit Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The free reception will include hors d’oeuvres from The Bookworm. Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. will sell $2 cans of Amber Ale, and 1 percent of the proceeds benefit the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability. Most of the artwork will be available for sale via silent-auction bidding.

For her piece, Merrill used a window shutter as the backdrop for a painting of aspen trees.

“When I was looking through all the materials, the shutters stood out because they offer a flat canvas with three-dimensional aspects to it because it allows the painting to change as you open and close the shutters,” she said.

In all, there are around 30 pieces on display.

In one colorful piece, bedposts, doorknobs, tire chains and a CD rack come together in a sculpture called “Door Knobs and Bed Bugs,” made by local artist Bobbi Titter.

Ron Hawkins used recycled and reclaimed wood to make his “Art Frame.”

Artist Robin Nash combined flower boxes and a recycled porch swing to make her piece.

“The challenge of creating art on nontraditional materials is a fun challenge to meet.” Nash said. “It was really fun to paint the porch swing and flower boxes that I painted. I went with the garden theme and I love gardening so it was really fun to do that project.”

The original concept for the show was inspired by one of the goals of the Eagle Valley Alliance: keeping usable materials out of the waste stream. The Eagle Valley Alliance is a community organization promoting sustainable practices in recycling, energy, renewable power and green building.

During the reception Friday, first-, second- and third-place winners in both adult and youth categories will be awarded based on a viewer’s choice public vote. The silent auction and public voting will close at 7:30 p.m., and winners will be announced at 8 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, visit

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

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