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The Art of Trash & Trashion Show Returns

April 17, 2014
Maui Weekly

The 12th annual Art of Trash returns on opening night, Friday, April 25, and will be on exhibit through May 17 for another year of spectacular art and fashion with a focus on environmental awareness. Presented by Malama Maui Nui (MMN) and SharingAloha, the Art of Trash is an annual three-week art exhibit showcasing everyday objects that have been given new life by the hands of Maui County artists.

Centered around Earth Day and as part of MMN's Great American Cleanup initiative, the Art of Trash brings the community together to highlight the importance of keeping reusable items out of the landfill through creative recycling and repurposing. Each year, the exhibit strives to push the envelope by using unconventional materials to artistically portray environmental stewardship.

Entry to this juried show for Maui County artists ends on Saturday, April 19 at the Maui Mall at 3 p.m. (Entry forms are still available online at Selected artwork will be announced later that evening at

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Art of Trash 2013 opening night.
Photo: Zane Mathias

"I am interested in the work that artists do with recyclable materials and discarded objects while they consider the fragile environment and new ways of thinking about sustainability and art," said Art of Trash juror Ira Ono, a visual and performing artist. "Well-constructed work matters."

The exhibit will be comprised of original work made from recycled and/or reused material (no natural materials allowed). Selected art pieces will give new life to items that are no longer functional for their original purpose.

Opening night's Maui Trashion Show, a fun, family-friendly event, features garments made from reused, recyclable materials. Residents are encouraged to create their own outfits that inspire reuse and come to opening night "dressed in trash."

For more information regarding the Art of Trash, call Wilma Nakamura at 573-3911.

See photos of works from previous years at



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