Recycled Art Market to show potential of old junk

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Guests check out items at the 2014 Recycled Art Market. (Submitted photo)

Guests check out items at the 2014 Recycled Art Market. (Submitted photo)

By Kelsey Ligon

In honor of America Recycles Day, the Zionsville Cultural District is hosting the Do It Again Recycled Art Market, which celebrates art and the environment.

The market offers families the opportunity to view, purchase and create art that has been repurposed or reclaimed.

“We want to create a coming-and-going atmosphere at the market,” said Jennifer Lawrence, executive director of the Boone County Solid Waste Management District.

The event goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center and features several opportunities to learn about repurposing.

Marketgoers will have the opportunity to bid on rain barrels that have been painted by artists to represent the “Dream Green” theme. The barrels are made from reclaimed food-grade barrels.

In addition to the auction, participants can exchange 10 plastic bags for a reusable bag.

Families will also have the opportunity to create recycled art at the five-minute art tables, which will be available all day.

The junk sculpture table will allow people to create art from items that would otherwise be thrown away. The Zionsville Cultural District hopes this will encourage people to be more creative with how they think about old junk laying around the house.

Another station will feature T-shirt necklaces. The goal of this station, according to Lawrence, is to show people that garments that are outdated or outgrown can still be used for other purposes.

Participants will also have the opportunity to contribute to a “Dream Green” garland. People can write down their dreams for how to make the world greener on ribbon strands, and the ribbons will be added to the community garland.

“[Families] will be able to see how reuse is a step even before recycling is considered,” Lawrence said.

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