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Fourth annual Recycled Art Exhibit opens in Flag April 8

Photo courtesy of Dee Brewer
Head to the Coconino Center for the Arts 6-8 p.m. April 8 for the opening reception of the Recycled Art Exhibition to view art pieces like this one made from reused items.

Photo courtesy of Dee Brewer Head to the Coconino Center for the Arts 6-8 p.m. April 8 for the opening reception of the Recycled Art Exhibition to view art pieces like this one made from reused items.

FLAGSTAFF -- Bring along the whole family to the fourth annual Recycled Art Exhibition opening reception 6-8 p.m. April 8 at the Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff.

Artists will be on hand to give live demonstrations. Incahoots, a popular Flagstaff vintage clothing and costume store, will enhance opening night festivities with a mini-fashion show. At 7 p.m., Flagstaff City Councilman Al White will read the Recycle Proclamation.

With its theme "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink and Remake into Art," the show raises awareness about recycling and offers artists in the region another venue for their artistic expressions and renderings.

This non-juried exhibit, sponsored by the Artists' Coalition of Flagstaff, is open to artists of all ages living in Coconino County or Sedona and will be on display through May 11. The artwork must contain at least 80 percent recycled materials, which can include junk, found objects or reused materials.

The Recycled Art Show began four years ago with the enthusiastic participation of a large number of local students as a promotional and educational project to showcase the young artists at Flagstaff City Hall. In 2004, Ellen Ryan, City of Flagstaff Conservation educator, initiated the show and developed a Recycled Art Program to present in local classrooms. Later she developed kits enabling teachers to utilize the program themselves.

In 2003, Ryan, along with volunteers, developed and managed the first public Recycled Art Show. This exhibit received the Governor's Pride in Arizona Award in the recycling category and was sponsored by Arizona Clean and Beautiful,.

In 2004, another student show was held at city hall and the top entries were brought to the second annual Recycled Art Exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Again, many volunteers ensured the show's success.

In 2005 the Artist's Coalition of Flagstaff came on board to manage the third annual Recycled Art Exhibition and plans to keep the popular artistic educational show as an annual event with assistance from the Flagstaff Community Foundation.

Literary events

Several related events, billed as Literature Meets Recycling, are also scheduled in April at Coconino Center for the Arts. All are free and open to the public.

Phyllis L. Thompson's will give a dramatic reading of her book, "Dear Alice: Letters Home from American Teachers Learning to Live in China," joined by five friends -- Bryan Copperrider, Ana Flores, Jacki Thompson, Colleen Tucker and Karen White. Performances of "Six Voices and a Gong" will take place April 15 and 29 from 2-3 p.m.

Story time for children, ages 5-10 years, will be held on two Saturdays. On April 22 from 2-3 p.m., artist Jacki Thompson will read aloud "Trash: The Final Frontier" a book about recycling while guiding youngsters into spacey adventures with recycling fun. Because space in this workshop is limited, reservations are recommended.

On May 6 from 2-3 p.m., pre-school teacher Ruth Thomas and local actress Sue Norris will host "Children's Story Time," a magical hour where books about recycling are brought to life.

There is also a Recycled Children's Book Exchange on site so bring along a book for the Reused Bookroom.

For more information on the Recycled Art Show, call Dee Brewer at 928-286-9088 or e-mail her at For the Literature Meets Recycling events, call Colleen Tucker at 928-714-1590.

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