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Recycled art returns to Esther Short Park

The 11th annual Recycled Arts Festival returned to Vancouver’s Esther Short Park on June 25 and 26, bringing with it new environmentally conscious trends and recycled art ideas. Local artists came together to display works of art that reflected creativity and conservation.

With art from over 150 different vendors, various pieces created from at least 70% recycled material adorned the booths surrounding the park. The festival was full of refashioned and refurbished home decor, garden fixtures, lanterns, jewelry, stationery, textiles, toys and even journals.

According to the festival website, the Recycled Arts Festival serves to “educate and excite Clark County residents about waste reduction, reuse and recycling and to inspire them to see things they may otherwise consider trash in a new, beautiful way.”

John Glasser of Eco-Chimes recycles old bottles into wind chimes, and was one of the artists selling his work at the festival. Glasser said he lives by ideals that exercise the importance of the ecosystem, and creates art in such a way that it also takes on this message.

According to Glasser, his art is an environmental practice that is crucial because it helps keep bottles out of landfills. “I intend to extend the life of the bottle one more step. Saving the world, one bottle at a time,” Glasser said. By creating wind chimes, Glasser crafts melodic art that also helps the environment.

Live music accompanied the event throughout the weekend as several different artists took the stage. From the bluesy sound of the Reverb Brothers, to the Celtic stylings of Castletown, flocks of people crowded around the main stage taking in the music and summer sunshine.

In addition to the art pieces and music, festival attendees were treated to a diverse range of food options. Food trucks and stations at the festival served up sweet treats, ethnic snacks and regional food fare.

With entertainment for both children and their parents, the Recycled Arts Festival was an event that catered to all ages. Along with her salmon-crested cockatoo Major, Eartha the Ecological Clown was at the event to paint faces and teach young people about ecology and wildlife.

Children were able to make their own recycled arts at the event as well. With the help of local art studio Art ala Carte, Umpqua Bank hosted an art area where children learned how to recycle materials to create their own art.

For more information about the event, visit the Recycled Arts Festival’s website at www.recycledartsfestival.com.

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