Call for Artists! Geauga Park District’s discARTed Recycled Art Exhibition returns to Geauga County in February

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Back by popular demand, Geauga Park District’s discARTed Recycled Art Exhibition returns to our county from February 17th to April 15th – but not first without a call for entries far and wide!

Functional, decorative and youth-made art made of discarded/found materials may be submitted January 29th and 30th at The West Woods Nature Center in Russell Township. For additional guidelines and an application to enter, please visit http://bit.ly/gpdspecial or pick up an application at between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center or Big Creek Park’s Meyer Center.

Geauga Park District’s first two installations of the discARTed exhibit showcased over 100 artists and 200 pieces each and attracted close to 7,000 visitors from November 2009 to January 2010, then again in 2013. Based on the increasing enthusiasm, the third installation of the show promises even higher numbers.

Goals for this project are: to increase environmental awareness and encourage recycling; to demonstrate sustainability though the use/reuse of discarded or recycled materials; to showcase the creative talents of community members and regional artisans in a unique way; and to delight visitors with the unexpected connection of discarded materials to finished artwork, as well as the cleverness of the transformation.

“DiscARTed is a challenge to the community to ‘think outside the trash can,’” said Teresa Runion, special events coordinator, “utilizing cast-off materials in the creation of decorative and functional artwork. Works created from recycled materials are carriers of memory and history, containing vestiges of their former function into new art. The possibilities for raw materials are endless.

“Over the years, requests for the return of discARTed have never stopped coming,” she added. “We can’t wait to see what types of creativity come through those doors in January, and then share that with the public this winter.”

Once on display, discARTed will run daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and free to visit. With questions, contact Teresa at 440-279-0802 or [email protected].

For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or visit Geauga Park District online via www.geaugaparkdistrict.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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