The Art of Trash returns to the Maui Mall this year, capturing the creativity of Maui's residents of all ages. Work created by the students of Pomaika'i Elementary School will also be showcased. Each year, the show hopes to push the envelope on artistic techniques utilizing unconventional materials to relay messages of environmental stewardship.
The Art of Trash, presented by the nonprofits Community Work Day Program and SharingAloha, showcases everyday objects that have been transformed and given new life. Maui County artists from Hana to Napili continue to change the way the community defines recycling by finding creative ways to keep reusable items out of our landfill.
"Maui's Art of Trash has always had a playful energy and an underlying awareness of just how serious a matter reuse and recycling can be," said Ira Ono, founder, juror and creator of the exhibit.
The exhibition will also feature information about recycling and reuse agencies on Maui.
If you are an artist who creates artwork from recycled materials, be sure to enter this juried show. Note that driftwood pieces, water feature pieces and works that include food will not be accepted.
Exhibit organizers will receive work from artists between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Maui Mall in the space next to Taco Del Mar. The entry fee is $10 per piece.
Entry forms are available at all public libraries.
The exhibit will run through May 12. For more information regarding the Art of Trash 2012, call Wilma Nakamura at 573-3911.
For some creative inspiration visit www.facebook.com/artoftrash.
The public is encouraged to attend the opening reception sponsored by Whole Foods Market on Friday, April 20, at 6 p.m. at Maui Mall. The event will include a trash fashion show and junkyard band. Attendees are encouraged to dress in trash.