Sept. 2, 2013

Art with Repurpose: An Eco-Art Show will be held at Addison Gallery and Artisan Center, 5100 Belt Line Road, Addison, on Sept. 12.

Here’s your chance to support local artists who take the environment into consideration when they create their designs. Art with Repurpose: An Eco-Art Show will be held at the Addison Gallery and Artisan Center in Addison on Sept. 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is hosted by Women in the Environment, a support group for women in environmental professions in Dallas-Fort Worth.

The show will feature artwork for sale made from upcycled and recycled materials by eco-friendly artists from North Texas. 

(Above, jewelry by "The Resourceress." Below, wall hanging by Melanie Brown.)

According to organizer Terry Schultz, the group has been wanting to host an art show for several years to promote local green artists, including some of their own members. 

“It’s our intent to make this an annual event,” she said. “It’s a way to give back to the community.”

There will be 10 artists showcased who make decorative or functional pieces made from a variety of repurposed and sustainable materials.  

Among the exhibitors, there is plenty of diversity. For example, WE member Melanie Brown, who owns a Dallas-based sign business, makes decorative wall hangings from leftover letters. 

Then there's Marilyn May, executive director of the Environmental Co-op in Terrell, also a WE member, who makes plaques and awards from scraps and castoffs. 

Others artists include jewelry makers who create pieces from seeds and reclaimed material.  A sustainably-minded fashion designer will showcase clothes from eco-friendly fabric.

(Above, award by Marilyn May. Right, fashion by kikaPaprika.)

Meanwhile, Shultz, who owns an Irving-based e-waste recycling business, plans to show-off the nuts and bolts that go into some of these works, literally. She'll feature salvaged materials from her business on display, which she sells to local artists to make art, such as aluminum and copper wiring and circuit boards. 

“This is first time we’ve done this so it’s quite a learning experience,” said Shultz. “We hope to work with some of the universities in the future and grow it next year.” 

Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Event-goers can partake of appetizers and wine while perusing the show or bidding on items in the silent auction. Ten percent of proceeds will go to Girls, Inc. of Tarrant County. 

(Above, watch by Mistura)


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