junkyard

To prove that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” the Hopewell Valley Arts Council seeks daring and innovative artists, artisans, and creatives ready for an eco-art challenge at its newest community event: The Junkyard, an upcycle art exhibition.

The Junkyard is set to run from Friday, July 23 to Sunday, July 25 at Woolsey Park in Titusville, and feature artwork created out of discarded or unwanted items destined for the landfill by Team Challenge participants, as well as established professional and eco-artists.

Additional features include The Kids Zone for artwork created by children and youth; The Green Zone for informative and educational environmentally-related displays; and The Marketplace, where vendors will sell artisanal and environmentally related items.

Team Challenge participants will be invited to create imaginative original upcycled artwork in four categories specified by the HV Arts Council. Established artists will be invited to display artwork and sculpture made primarily from upcycled items.

Displayed pieces must be sturdy enough to be displayed outdoors under a tent and remain in place for the entire exhibition. Artwork will be judged by a panel of artists and will be awarded first, second, third, and honorable mention for their entire display.

Individual special awards will also be given to the best entry in each of the four challenge categories.

Registrations will be accepted from May 1 to June 30. Registration is online at hvartscouncil.org/thejunkyard. There is no residency requirement for participation. There is a participation fee for nonmembers.

Team Challenge opportunities are limited, and participants will be considered on a first-come-first-serve basis. Exhibitors participating in The Gallery will include invited eco-artists and other established artists from the area. To be considered for The Gallery, artists should submit representative work with registration for review and acceptance.

Artists are encouraged but not required to be present during public viewing hours as much as possible to promote the artwork and answer visitors’ questions.