Save the date for Re-Art

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Events > Businesses team up to host art swap and more

By Special to the Monitor


On Saturday, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery, Fuller Lodge Art Center, the Los Alamos Arts Council and Village Arts are teaming up to bring a new recycled art event to Los Alamos. 

Re-Art will be from 10 a.m.-noon and will feature an art supplies swap, a recycled crafts fair and tons of hands-on recycled art activities for everyone to enjoy. Re-Art will be followed by the film, “Waste Land,” which will be shown at the Reel Deal Theater at 6 p.m. Sunday.

There are several ways to get involved in this event. Those with art supplies can take them to PEEC and trade them to others. This part of the event is designed to give artists and creators a chance to mingle and a chance for materials and art treasures to be discovered. 

Everything from paints and paper, beads and craft supplies, to easels and books will be available. Participants will get a chance to help keep art supplies out of the landfill and maybe discover something new. There is no charge to be a swapper, but a limited number of tables are available, so contact PEEC to reserve a space.

Artists are doing things with recycled materials these days, and some of these innovators will be on hand at Re-Art to sell their wares. 

Those interested in being vendors should contact PEEC as well, to reserve their space. There is a $10 fee for vendors to help offset the costs of putting on the event.

There will be a variety of hands-on activities for those who want to create something of their own. 

The Los Alamos Arts Council will run an activity called, “Collage de Junque — Everything Can Be Art.” 

The Los Alamos County Environmental Services Division will be there to tell all about their new glass recycling program and have a hands-on activity. Many more activities will be added as the date gets closer and all will be free.

The event will also contain displays of recycled arts and crafts, including recycled instruments made by Mary Grace’s Los Alamos High School students.  

Finally, “Waste Land,” will be shown. This Academy Award Nominee for Best Feature Documentary follows renowned artist Vik Muniz, as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. 

There he photographs an eclectic band of catadores — self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage, reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. 

Tickets will be available at the door, and are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Those interested in swapping, vending or displaying art at Re-Art should contact PEEC to reserve a space: center@pajaritoeec.org or 662-0460.