The Recycled Art Show has been inspiring environmental and artistic goals for Central Pennsylvania artists for 29 years. It is an opportunity for artists to express their concern for the environment and the importance of recycling programs like the one we are fortunate to have in Centre County. We invite artists to search their garages, basements, and attics and find interesting materials to create an entry for this exciting show! Entry to this show is not juried and is open to artists of all ages.
The theme for this year’s show was “MAKE IT WORK!”
Gloria Plosky Scaltz attended Pennsylvania State University studying art and art education. She taught art in the State College elementary schools for thirty-nine years. Making art for most of her life, her main focus is collage and assemblage. She searches the internet, antique shops, and even parking lots for interesting bits of rust, stone, and wood. Now retired, her days are filled with recycling her finds into visual stories. Gloria is a three-time award winner in past Recycled Shows.
“Being the juror for the Recycling Show was quite an honor. It was amazing to see the many interpretations of the theme. I was looking for those that actually had a physical interaction between the artist and the viewer. This, coupled with a high degree of skill in assembling, choice of materials, and overall composition. Congratulations to all the winners! A special thank you to the Krentzman family for the many years they have supported this show.”
Amber L. Revis
Time for a Spin by Stacie Bird
The theme, “Make It Work” meant two things to me. Each piece should have an interactive aspect so the viewer could make it do something, and they should be comprised of as many “tools of work” as possible. My first piece, Time for a Spin! started with a Lazy Susan and a kitchen clock that I dismantled.
The other kitchen tools I used are chopsticks, cocktail forks and a glass candy dish. I made fasteners out of scrap metal, attached the other tools and dish with silicone glue and a coat of polyurethane. I chose the paint colors based on a mid-century modern feel inspired by the “atomic clocks” of the 50s and 60s. And it really does spin!
Made with: Lazy Susan, kitchen clock, chopsticks, cocktail forks, candy dish; spray paint, spray polyurethane, silicone glue
Garden Prayer Bowl by Janise Crow
The garden prayer bowl is a new body of work from a yearning within. A simple invitation into fresh air, clean earth, and observations. Moments to reflect, release, and be grateful.
The recyclables I chose for this project were working components, each one had a function. When they no longer served their purpose they were discarded. I have to make them work within the framework of my design both visually and symbolically.
The sewer pipe, though hidden, performed a dirty and vital role. It’s been transformed into a leaf through the forging process to play a prominent role. The machine gears and jack block were rejected by a factory because they did not meet expectations. Together they form a strong pillar working as one. The wood base once supported the weight of many vehicles. Now it serves as a sturdy base supporting weight of a different kind upon its shoulders. The clear tubes were gifts that once held beautiful flowers. Now they host paper, pencil, and a match to give a gift, but it is I who receives it.
Made with: well used broken copper sewer pipe, defective automotive gears, bottle caps, scrap wood, paper ash, copper brads, reclaimed electrical wire, wine bottle corks, clear plastic flower tubes, pencil, paper
Work of the Reaper by Linda Hale
Two tools designed to be used for good purposes but combined to do the work of the Grim Reaper.
Made with: copper wire, scythe, roof snow birds
Make IT Work: AI by Dotty Ford
I interpreted the “it” as “IT” (Information Technology). Today IT is working for us in many ways — good and bad. The current fascination with Artificial Intelligence in creating written work and visual art became my focus.
Made with: Plexiglass, print materials, jewelry findings, game pieces, odds and ends
Not All Can Make It Work by Christine Hill
For some, identity roles of wife and mother are difficult to maintain. Sylvia Plath’s attempt to “Make it Work” is expressed in my bell jar assemblage.
Made with: dried materials, old bell jar
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Dad Built Pittsburgh by Christine Staver
My dad designed thousands of houses and commercial buildings in the Pittsburgh area. He loved his work which was obvious as we drove around Pittsburgh and he would proudly point out the ones that he designed. I’ve recycled one of his drafting vellums in this piece. I wanted his design work to show through so I’ve used transparent paints and kept both my machine and hand stitching fairly simple. I dedicate it to my dad.
Made with: Dad’s drafting vellum, paint, thread
The Raven by Rick Avery
I literally sat down with a hot glue gun next to the kitchen garbage container and pulled out plastic bags for frozen blueberries and cardboard from packaging for coat hangers, etc., and created as I worked. Also the inspiration was from crows and ravens, which are the only bird known to use tools.
Made with: kitchen/household packaging taken from trash
Cooper’s Marble Maze by Stacie Bird
The theme “Make It Work” meant two things to me. Each piece should have an interactive aspect so the viewer could make it do something, and they should be comprised of as many “tools of work” as possible.Cooper’s Marble Maze uses various work “tools”. A desk filing drawer serves as the frame and provides structure for the game. I used a Cooper’s cheese box to catch the marbles and provide a base for the piece. Stoppers and lids from tequila bottles and hot sauce are used as the bumpers. A partition from a tea box covered in sticky backed paper made a base and are used as the dividers. I re-used screws to attach the box to the drawer and the corks to the background with a little glue to keep them in place. The marbles are from a childhood game of Aggravation.
Made with: desk file, cheese box, tequila corks, hot sauce lids, tea box partitions, bottle caps, marbles, black paper, screws, silicone glue
Time to Relax by Scott Camazine
Trying to make it work?
No need to pine.
Grab a corkscrew:
Open the wine!
Made with: wine bottles, wine corks, thrift store corkscrews and wine glasses, wood, paint
The Reflection of a Grandfather by Janise Crow
The Reflection of a Grandfather tells yet another story in my Wearable Art Collection that preserves one’s personal memories in wearable art form. Some would say, this small collection of used, discarded objects are junk. But to a granddaughter every object brings a memory back to life. Images of a giggly little girl sharing a soda watching her grandfather work. He was handy with tools, a hunter, and had apple farming in his blood. This piece embodies empty vessels and tokens of what may seem random, but in fact they work purposefully together to tell her story of their special times. Made of recycled materials this necklace is a remembrance of a Grandfather’s love.
Made with: recycled frame, mirror, and plastic lids, apple red aluminum soda cans, plastic net of a fruit bag, recycled pressboard, used brass washer collected from grandfather, a green electronic board, bullet casings the kind hunters would use, a button from his shirt, brads, broken jewelry pieces, wire, and grandfather’s vintage glass etcher
Madame Sorciere’s Tool Box by Dotty Ford
The lid creaks open . . .
Tricks and totems rest inside.
She works her magic.
Made with: antique book, antique nail tin, pocket watch, dreidel, hammer for making brittle, seashells, toy bird, miniature dice, cat’s eye marble, tobacco premium, doll part
Unhinged by Linda Hale
The second of two tools designed to be used for good purposes but combined to do the work of the Grim Reaper.
Made with: ceramics, hinge, nail, thread
Balancing Act by Cheri Harte
Do you ever feel you are juggling too many things? This piece represents that feeling of overload and shows that some things get dropped. That’s life.
Made with: rusty metal pieces, marbles
Trying to Shift Gears by Cheri Harte
I recently experienced some health issues and I’m trying to shift my perspective. Life is not a straight path.
Made with found objects: glasses, metal circles, gears, photo
Global Pop by Sue Kauffman
My piece pays tribute to the men and women who have worked to build global pop culture from post WW2 to the present.
Made with: book pages, repurposed tissue paper, cardboard, cut paper on canvas
Captivating by Donna Lawrence
I chose the sun as my subject to depict because without it nothing grows/works. The sun nourishes the earth causing plants to grow, such as, nuts, fruits and vegetables. This allows us to produce foods, like peanut butter, apple juice, spices and herbs which are then placed in containers to be sold for consumption. The caps you see here are from containers of peanut butter, fruit juices, milk jugs, sodas and so much more.
Made with: plastic, wood
Pivoting: Self-Portrait by Amber L. Revis
There’s an inner struggle in the drive to create tangible art regarding the environmental (spiritual) impact of using new materials from a production line. While I’ve learned, and loved, to use fresh paint, pastels, markers, I struggle to justify it. As an adult, to be resourceful is a means to not spend money I don’t have: maintaining a junk drawer(s), taking care of tools, finding solutions outside the box. We can make things work with what we have (repair a toilet chain with a bread bag twistie tie). The lesson of excess and waste was impressed upon me my whole life. I have diverted materials from the landfill over the past three years for art projects. This piece uses a repurposed wooden holiday decoration, paint, coffee bean bags and vents I saved for making totes, dead batteries, scrap yarn and ribbon from knits, wrapping paper scrap kept to use on a collage, packaging insert, appointment card, and fleece scraps from sewing a blanket. The use of deflated Mylar balloons was inspired by the “Silver Clouds” display at the Warhol. This piece reflects the oft-unplanned life and my drive to make things work with what I have…and to always have a little duct tape to help.
Made with: wood, paint, paper, fiber, plastic, aluminum, polyester film
For the Birds by Lisa Turner
So many times birds use what we throw away to build a nest. They show that they can scavenge and make due. They “make it work.” Can we take a look at what we are putting out in the natural world that may be endangering them? Can we pause and minimize our effect? Then sometimes we replace the natural world…like bird watching…with watching videos about birds. Looking around, I ask, “Are we Making it Work?” Can we step up and out into the natural world around us and be more “a part of”?
Made with: wood, tools, found objects in the home
Pandemic Perennials by Anne Whitney
I don’t have a green thumb, but the years since 2020 have been years of rapid (and sometimes painful) personal growth. These flowers, made from plastic bottle caps.I collected from the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic through fall 2022, are one expression of how beauty and renewal can emerge from garbage, whether in a garden or in a life. From whatever we have to work with, we can bloom, again and again.
Made with: plastic, wood