Everything Old Made New Again

Guitar Player and Pooch by Howling Heights Metal Designs.  See www.HowlingHeights.com.

Guitar Player and Pooch by Howling Heights Metal Designs. See www.HowlingHeights.com.

We had one of the coolest, wettest springs on record up here in the Pacific NW, but summer is finally here. And what better way to celebrate the arrival of summer than with an outdoor art festival?

The 5th Annual Recycled Art Festival was held this past weekend, June 26-27, at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver, WA. For those who might be scratching their heads right about now, Recycled Art is “eco-friendly art made from recycled material.” In the past, that would have meant things like rag rugs, patchwork quilts, and necktie skirts. But these days, the sky’s the limit.

Over 70 talented artists attended this year’s event. Some of our favorites included: Bells and gongs made from old compressed air tanks by Fairy Forge. Brightly colored bowls, clocks, and jewelry made from vinyl records by Eye Pop Art. Garden art made from reclaimed bowling bowls and marbles by Ta-Dah. Glass serving pieces transformed into vibrantly colored works of art by Blooming Glass. And beautiful metallic wall hangings made from recycled saw blades by Don Perry Metal Art. And that’s just for starters!

So the next time you’re looking for something truly unique, be sure and check out the nearest Recycled Art Festival. You just never know what you might find.

Special Note: Shortly after we arrived at the festival, a group by the name of Too Loose took the stage at the Pavilion. Their unique blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, with its toe-tapping, knee-slapping rhythms, had everyone wanting to get up and dance! Including a handful of toddlers who were bopping happily to the music out on the grass.

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One Response to Everything Old Made New Again

  1. Riley says:

    Big festivals- like Folklife is Seattle- get all of the pres and attention, but I much prefer going to smaller events. It’s easier to talk to the artists and performers when you aren’t being crushed by thousands of people.

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