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May 2011

Picture This Gallery on Hilton Head Island, SC, Offers Recycled Art Exhibit

Picture This Gallery on Hilton Head Island, SC, is presenting the exhibit, A.R.T. Art Recycled from Trash, a juried exhibit of works made from recycled trash, on view through May 15, 2011. More than a traditional exhibit or art happening, the exhibit, crosses boundaries, in all artistic mediums.

“Last years response to this new event was such a huge hit that we have added more prize money and the ‘People’s Choice Award’,” said gallery owner Mira Scott. “It’s a national phenomenon based on a grassroots response to what we can do about enviornmental issues. Many artists are now working with recycled materials. What better use of items that are ‘free’ and would be thrown away.”

First prize award is $500 and second prize $250 both sponsored by Picture This Gallery. The junior division award is $100, sponsored by jcostello gallery and the People’s Choice Award $200. sponsored by Rabbi Arthur and Ellen Segal Charitable Trust for the Arts. Media sponsor, Hilton Head Monthly Magazine.

As submissions arrive it’s clear that art comes in all forms. The juried exhibit showcases creativity and provides focus on our environment. All original artwork is at least 75% recycled, re-used and repurposed from elements that were originally manufactured. Submissions were accepted in the categories of two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, clothing, jewelry, and utilitarian items.

Paintings, sculptures, and other media are being explored in new ways. Artist Amos Hummell has created a timeless timepiece titled, 5 o’clock, incorporating forks, dumpster wood/metal and some kind of a juicer. The three to five year olds in the Dolphin Room at First Presbyterian Day School are back again with a mosaic entry made up mostly of bottle caps of a horse.

Former Hilton Head artist Nicki Verechia has entered All to the Glory, an interactive piece that invites the viewer to handle and examine the cone of re-formed candle wax, acrylic palette scraps, and found cloth platform.

By offering a junior artist division, Scott also got young artists involved. She has received a nine-foot music/sound machine sculpture by First Presbyterian Day School. “The scope of this project has been incredible, the level at which it’s been received is delightful,” said Scott. The school is also hosting their own “open house” event at the Gallery using the theme as the backdrop to their school’s mandate of using recycled materials in the teaching process.

Scott says she has always been conscious of recycling on every level, whether it be art or objects used. “Every time I throw something away, I ask myself, what can I do with it or who can I pass it on to?”

Show judges were Judith Costello of jcostello gallery; Louanne LaRoche, artist and former owner of the Red Piano Gallery, and Karen Davies of Savannah College of Art & Design.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/842-5299, or e-mail to (

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