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Call to Artists: Grand Avenue Festival Seeks Recycled Art

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The Grand Avenue Festival will present recycling-centric art and fashion Saturday, October 19, on Grand Avenue between Seventh and 16th avenues.

With four different types of recycling art projects, there's room for all who wish to participate. Yeah, that means you. Local artists and community members are encouraged to get involved in the festivities.

See also: Grand Avenue Festival 2012

The festival is looking for creative types to participate in a variety of events.

The Rolling Rubbish Revival Show will have participants create gardens on repurposed wheeled bases like old skateboards or wagons. If you're missing a rolling base, you can still create a garden, among other things, for Hanging Gardens & Woven Fences & Trashy Sculpture, Oh My! This event is a street-side display of materials repurposed and wrapped around the trees and fences that line the avenue.

In keeping with the recycling theme, a fashion show will be held and will feature clothing and hats made out of recycled materials. The show, Un.trashed Recycled Rubbish Fashion Show and Trashy Hat Promenade, will have a first place prize of $100. For more information visit the fashion show's Facebook.

The final project calling for artist submissions is the Running Fence, an installation meant to alter outlooks. This display will take those political signs that are ever-so prevalent during election season and turns them into art to line Grand Avenue's fences with.

To participate in any of these events, all you will need is trash and/or recycled materials. No experience or entry fees are required, and all artworks are accepted. If you're interested in contributing your work to these events, contact Beatrice Moore at 602-391-4016 or muppetsrealmom@gmail.com by Thursday, October 10, so a spot can be reserved.

Open workshops will be held at Frontal Lobe Community Space from 5 until 7 p.m. every Thursday leading up to the festival. The workshops are free and open to all ages. For more information on the open workshops, call The Bergamot Institute at 602-334-0033.

The Grand Avenue Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public.

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