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“Re: Rethink Recycling” opens Feb. 5 in Danville

Community Arts Center LogoDANVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014) – The Community Arts Center has created an original exhibit exploring the possibilities of recycled and repurposed art. “Re: Rethink Recycling” features interactive activities, public workshops and repurposed works of art by Kentucky artists. It opens Wednesday, Feb. 5 and runs through Sunday, March 30 in Danville.

“Re” goes beyond “reduce, reuse, recycle,” encouraging the community to “recreate, repurpose, reimagine” everyday objects into new art. The creation of art from repurposed materials and found objects can have a distinct impact on the artist, the audience, the community and the environment.

Visitors will be given the opportunity to make their own masterpiece from found objects, compose a new song or perform a known piece on repurposed instruments, and explore an oversized garden filled with flowers, plants and critters made entirely from found objects.

“Our goal with this exhibit is to get the public to see the creative possibilities in the things they use every day,” says Brandon Long, programming director at the Arts Center and the leading creative mind behind the exhibit. “You don’t have to paint on a canvas to be an artist. I hope both kids and adults will go home after visiting the Arts Center and create something new from what they have lying around the house.”

Each year since 2009, the Arts Center has explored a non-arts topic through creative and collaborative art forms in an interactive exhibit. Past exhibits include “Dinosaurs: The Big Picture,” “All Aboard,” “Space: Imagine That!” and 2013’s “Wild West.”

During this exhibit, local artists will lead workshops focused on creating functional art pieces from found objects. REcycled Valentines, REpurposed Puppets, REpurposed Card Wreaths, and Creative REuse of Fine Linens, and REprints: Traditional Paper and Printmaking, will be held Saturdays throughout February and March. Advanced registration is required; supplies will be provided and participants are encouraged to bring additional materials from home.

Field trips and activities are available for public, private and homeschool students in groups of 20 or more. Reservations can be made online or in person at a free preview reception for educators on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. Teachers are invited to explore the exhibit and discuss the pre-visit, on-site and post-visit activities with Arts Center staff and volunteers. Pre-visit and post-visit materials connecting to Kentucky Core Academic Standards are available now on the Arts Center’s website.

The exhibit is open Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m., beginning Feb. 5. Admission is $4 per child, student and senior citizen, and $6 per adult.

For more information about “Re: Rethink Recycling” and upcoming exhibits and classes at the Community Arts Center, visit www.communityartscenter.net or call 859-236-4054.

IF YOU GO

“Re: Rethink Recycling”

On exhibit Wednesday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, March 30

Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 1 to 5 p.m.

$4 children, students and seniors

$6 adults

 

Educator Preview Reception

Thursday, Feb. 6, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Free. Light refreshments provided.

RSVP to lindsay@communityartscenter.net

 

COMING UP AT THE ARTS CENTER

Creating Comics for Beginners

Thursdays, Feb. 6 – March 13 at 6 p.m. $125.

Includes a ticket to The Intergalactic Nemesis at the Norton Center and a copy of Scott McCloud’s “Making Comics.” Register online at www.communityartscenter.net.

 

Valentine’s Ballroom Soiree

Friday, Feb. 14, 8 to 10 p.m.

Free to try for the first time, otherwise $5 per person. Includes a foxtrot lesson!

 

Starter Steps Foxtrot Thursdays, Feb. 13 – March 6, 6 p.m.

Combinations Class Cha Cha – Thursdays, Feb. 13 – March 6, 7 p.m.

$35 each or $65 together. Register online at www.communityartscenter.net.

The mission of the Community Arts Center is to enrich our community by nurturing the arts, fostering creativity, and promoting education.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports the Community Arts Center with state tax dollars and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.