Welcome to AUUC’s first environmental art show! It will be presented after our Earth Day service and it is our first ever online art show! See how “trash” can be beautiful as interpreted by some of our artists and friends.
Here are the artists and their creations
I love giving new life to old things by creating art from recycled items. I enjoy upcycling things that people would usually discard, like old frames or cigar boxes. I’ve recently discovered Upcycle Creative Reuse Center in Alexandria and loved attending their weekly Tinker Time.
Who cannot part with old calendars?We all have a few. I convinced myfriends to clean their closets, andI made fun use of the beautifulcalendar art.
My name is Cathy Burnett. I am usually a watercolor artist, but for this “Recycled Items Repurposed to Art” project I used brown paper bags, packing box cardboard, old magazines, glue and recycled frames.
Connie Diamant began working in fiber arts nearly 20 years ago when she retired from university administrative work. She has knitted and crocheted since she was nine but began weaving in 2001. The arts have always been part of her life since her father was an amateur watercolorist and her mother was a renowned dress designer in the Midwest. The tactile nature of fiber provides a great medium for exploring the intersection of color and texture and weaving brings it all together and grows in front of you as you work. Connie teaches Saori style weaving (free weaving) in her home studio and thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge and introducing others to the absolute pleasure of creating beautiful things.
Wearing my latest creation.
Jill Jones entered her creative phase when she and Daria Akers went to Upcycle for the first time last December. As a result of the quarantine, she is having fun experimenting and creating artwork from upcycled material.
Mosaic Chalice – The frame I had, mosaic is broken glass pieces from Upcycle.
Yarn Chalice – Yarn and background from Upcycle.
Paper Chalice – Curb alert frame. Chalice made from 2019 Washington Post calendar.
I am 42 years old and I am a stay at home mom for two children ages 13 and 10. I have been quilting and sewing since I was 17 years old. I like to help people fix and repair antique quilts and I also customize new quilts for clients.
Recently, my interest has been saving fabric and clothes from going to the landfills. I find fabric and old clothes from donated items, good will and yard sales and turn them into various fabric craft items such as Christmas heart ornaments, notebook covers and redesigning all the clothes to make them look new and fun and interesting ways.
I like to relax by making arts and crafts. As an environmental scientist and educator I’m always trying to think of ways to reduce our waste, so I look for creative ways to re-use items instead of throwing them away, and making useful, beautiful things is a great way to do that. I also love bringing fun reuse activities to children because it’s important to get our next generation thinking proactively and creatively.
And just like that, it’s over!
We’d like to thank the artists who participated in our first-ever virtual art show. The tech team, the artists, the leadership who supported this, the kids who lent us their enthusiasm were all part of making this a special event. But it is you, the audience, that makes it the most special.