Written by Panorama resident, Judy Murphy. February 2018
What would happen if the Panorama Arts Guild and the Panorama Green Team got together and asked residents to create art using recyclable/trash/salvaged items? We found out the answer at the recent Panorama Artfully Recycled Show, which featured a fabulous collection of about 40 imaginative creations viewed by some 250 residents.
From necklaces made with bicycle tire tubes to a basket woven from old maps, used books turned into folded designs, articles woven from rags, quilts sewn from ties, decorative “chandeliers” fashioned from plastic bottles, and much, much more.
In fact, the show went beyond art to provide recycling information to residents. The Thurston County Master Recycling Coordinator came to the show to answer questions about recycling and distribute helpful materials. Books were available for browsing for those interested in transforming recyclables into useful or decorative objects. Facts about recycling and environmental pollution were displayed on stacked cartons from the Stiles-Beach Barn. A slide show and video were shown picturing the Washed Ashore Project, which collects objects on Oregon beaches and turns them into huge, colorful sculptures to demonstrate how much trash is thrown into our waterways and oceans.
The focus of attention, though, was clearly on the imagination and skill demonstrated by the contributing artists. Residents were enchanted by what their neighbors and friends had produced from “junk.” There was a serious message behind the show, but what a beautiful way to be informed!