ReVision — the Art of Recycling

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Volunteer Appreciation Event Illuminates Inspiring Tale of Art from Trash & the Human Spirit

On November 27, 2012, over 40 of CARTM’s one hundred-plus 2012 volunteers, attended the complimentary screening of “Waste Land“—the award-winning film and fascinating story of recycling workers in Rio de Janeiro who intersect with artist Vik Muniz who travels from his home base of Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump to make art.

The CARTM Board of Directors hosted and chose the film to underscore the potential of recycling and the spirit of human beings everywhere to re-use, re-purpose and create from what was considered discards.

Our hats off to our volunteers who helped in operations, three new events and special projects for CARTM in 2012.

CARTM Re-Think Eco Raffle Winners Announced

CARTM Eco Raffle winner, Carol Newman.

Carol Newman of Brownsmead (also KMUN on-air personality) was the winner of the CARTM eco-cart. Carol who was unable to attend the Upcycle Party for the drawing was contacted by phone and was heard screaming with delight! Don’t be surprised when you visit the Brownsmead Corn Feed in September and see Carol arriving in the CARTM Cart.

Tom Mock won the full-share Re-evolution garden CSA. Tom and his wife Betty are avid community gardeners but will be able to relax a bit this year and enjoy the bounty of locally grown produce by Ginger Salkowski and her crew.

The CARTM logo home composter was won by Ray Hucke. Ray was delighted and couldn’t wait to get the composter installed and working.

CARTM Eco Raffle winner, Carol Newman.

CARTM Executive Director Jan Hamilton and Trashion Show model Julie "Fig" Yanko pulled the winner raffle tickets at the Upcycle Party at the NCRD Gymnasium on Saturday, October 13. Photo by Lorraine Ortiz

Trashion Show adds Upcycle Party to the Mix

Trashionistas at the CARTM Trashion Show

Trashionistas were in fine form at the first Trash Show/Upcycle Party on October 13, 2012 at the NCRD Auditorium and Gymnasium in Nehalem.  The two-part event featured the much-anticipated stand-alone Trashion Show in the auditorium complete with catwalk, soundtrack, stage lighting and local fashionista, Aina Tonjes, as guest commentator.

The 26 trashion models put on the show of the year with their creations to the delight of the 180+ in attendance.    A standing ovation was the perfect segue to the Upcycle Party awaiting attendees and models upstairs in the gym.

Transformed into an eclectic mix of tropical, cityscape, trashion museum draped by multiple parachutes, the gym was the location for the first ever Upcycle Party—a celebratory event to be remembered.  D.J. Loud Glass (aka Jonathan Feder) spun tunes to get everyone dancing while the fashion photo booth, personed by Gene Dieken rivaled anything Hollywood could offer.   Past trashion outfits were displayed on mannequins for close-up viewings.  The lucky winners of CARTM’s Re-think Raffle were selected at the event.

Most often heard comment at the event, “We can’t wait until next year’s Trashion Show & Upcycle Party!”

First Ever “CARTM TREASURES” Live Auction

CARTM Treasurea Live Auction

Hundreds of locals and visitors attended our first “CARTM Treasures Live Auction” on July 28, 2012.  The gym at NCRD was packed to the gills with over 250 lots of the best of the best from CARTM’s donations.   Belinda Spegel spent months selecting the items and putting the imaginative lots together for collectors, dealers and treasure hunters.

Pro auctioneer Paul Thompson pounded the gavel at 12:30 and kept a steady entertaining pace until the 250th lot was sold at 4:30.

Our thanks to event partner Food Roots who provided delicious, locally-sourced food for event attendees.

Thanks go out to over 40 volunteers who helped make CARTM’s first live auction a big hit!

CARTM Treasurea Live Auction

Guest auctioneer Paul Thompson does the “chant” to stimulate the bidding for over 250 lots of CARTM treasures. Julianne Johnson records the sales while Rebecca Spaniel helps to show each item to the audience while it is auctioned. Photo by Lorraine Ortiz

CARTM Joins with Hoffman Center to Produce 14th Annual Trash Art Show

14th Annual Trash Art Show sign created by Nehalem artist John Freethy.

CARTM’s beloved Trash Art Show lives on with new life in a new space. CARTM joined forces with Hoffman Center and held the show at their Manzanita venue over the 2012 4th of July weekend.

47 artists produced new, lively, work for the show which showcases art made with recycled materials.  Featured artist was Jeff Wallen showing his “Bots.”  Wallen creates kinetic creatures, or “bots” from used photocopier parts.  His installation of multiple kinetic bots was in a black lit room to show off the unique painting of his super sci-fi bots.

Locating the show in downtown Manzanita attracted holiday visitors to the three-day event—many of whom were new to CARTM and its zero waste mission.   One such person was 9-year-old Mary who attended the show with her father. Mary, a resident of  the Tacoma, Washington area told her father that she had “found her tribe and must be part of CARTM’s Trashion in October.

CARTM’s partnership with Hoffman Center proved to be a winning combination of two local non-profits sharing the work and the success of the Trash Art Show.

Reigning Queen of Green Carole Newman

Carol Newman of Brownsmead models Patty Thurlby’s “Reigning Queen of Green” trash art piece. The crown is made from recycled window screen, old jewelry, moss and very old silk flowers. Hundreds of locals and 4th of July vacationers attended the 14th Annual Trash Art Show, held at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. Photo by Lorraine Ortiz.