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WNCC artists get trashed in search of hidden treasures

Jarid Shipley
Appeal Staff Writer
Dennis Lufrano's "Dog of Poseidon."
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The artists in the latest exhibit at Western Nevada Community College hope to show that creations can come from anywhere – and anything. They refuse to let refuse go unused, taking discarded materials and turning them into artistic accomplishments.

The “Recycled Art(icles)” show is on display at the Bristlecone Building College Gallery through April 21.

“When it was started, they got the idea to do an art show of recycled items,” said Julie deWitt, volunteer coordinator. “It was so popular they just kept doing it.”

More than 50 artists entered pieces, including sculptures, paintings and other items. The exhibit is open to everyone, and there is no entry fee. All entries must be made of recycled materials, junk or things previously used for another purpose.

The exhibit includes items such as a metal cowboy made of rebar and pipes, a replica of the Starship Enterprise made of car parts, and a dress with matching purse made of Capri Sun pouches.

“There are some things that stand out as spectacular, but they all have a unique character,” deWitt said.

All pieces are eligible for the awards Best of Show, Most Creative and Most Useful honors as well as the People’s Choice.

LEFT BEHIND

On a similar theme, “Left Behind,” a show featuring items given a second chance, is displayed in the Bristlecone’s main gallery through April 27. The exhibit features seven artists whose work showcases materials brought back that were once thought dead.

“The seven artists will view the beginning of the end,” said Chad Sorg, exhibit guest curator. “They will use recycled material, including metal, wood, bone, wastepaper, packaging, human detritus and cardboard, in some way in their artwork.”

The exhibit includes suspended cocoons and reconditioned items from the 19th century mining days.

An artists’ reception for both shows will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 13. The winners for the “Recycled Art(icles)” show will be announced then.

• Contact reporter Jarid Shipley at jshipley@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1217.

If You Go

What: “Recycled Art(icles)” and “Left Behind” art shows

When: A reception for both shows will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 13. “Recycled Art(icles)” runs through April 21. “Left Behind” runs through April 27.

Where: Both exhibits are in the Bristlecone Building on the Western Nevada Community College Campus, 2201 W. College Parkway.

Call: Julie deWitt at 445-3274 for more information.