PU’UNENE, MAUI, March 21, 2012 — The Art of Trash returns to the Maui Mall this year, capturing the creativity of Maui’s residents of all ages. Work created by the students of Pomaika’i Elementary School will also be showcased. Each year the show hopes to push the envelope on artistic techniques utilizing unconventional materials to relay messages of environmental stewardship.
The Art of Trash 2012, presented by the nonprofits Community Work Day Program and Sharing Aloha, will receive work from artists on Saturday, April 14th at the Maui Mall in the space next to Taco Del Mar. Entrants are asked to bring all pieces to the Maui Mall from 9:30am to 3pm. The entry fee is $10 per piece.
The annual exhibit showcases everyday objects that have been transformed and given new life. Maui County artists from Hana to Napili continue to change the way the community defines recycling by finding creative ways to keep reusable items out of our landfill.
“Maui’s Art of Trash has always had a playful energy and an underlying awareness of just how serious a matter reuse and recycling can be,” said Ira Ono – founder, juror and creator of the exhibit. The exhibition will also feature information about recycling and reuse agencies on Maui.
If you are an artist who creates artwork from recycled materials, be sure to enter this juried show. Please note that driftwood pieces, water feature pieces and works that include food will not be accepted.
Entry forms are available at all public libraries. For more information regarding the Art of Trash, please call Wilma Nakamura at 573-3911. For some creative inspiration visit www.facebook.com/artoftrash
The public is encouraged to attend the opening reception, sponsored by Whole Foods Market on Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 6pm at the Maui Mall. The event will include a trash fashion show, and Junkyard band. Attendees are encouraged to dress in trash.