Trash Art Show


TAS2016 poster for bbq

CARTM’s 18th Annual Trash Art Show is set to open with a ticketed ‘Party with the Artists’ event Friday, May 13, 2016 from 5 to 7 pm at the North Coast Recreation District (NCRD) Gallery. Don’t miss this signature spring fundraiser! Tickets are $25, available at the CARTM cashier Thursday through Sunday from 10 to 4, or via email to Your ticket supports CARTM’s effort to inspire creative reuse, and gives you first crack at the most inventive art on the coast! Delicious nibbles from the Bleu Eyed Baker and scintillating beverages round out the evening’s event.

Can’t make it to the opening party? Never fear – the show is open to the public from 10 to 4 on Saturday, May 14 and from 10 to 1 on Sunday the 15th, free admission.

Calling all artists working with recycled/repurposed materials: We want your art! Submit up to 3 pieces, labeled and ready to hang on Wednesday, May 11 between 2 and 6 pm. All work should be made from recycled or repurposed materials, be able to fit through a standard door, and be for sale (50/50 split with the artist.)

Celebrate – with wild abandon – the creative spirit in old used materials!


Seeking Inspired Art Made With Recycled/Repurposed Materials

18th Annual Trash Art Show, May 13-15, 2016 at the NCRD Gallery

Ticketed Opening (with the artists) Friday, May 13, 5-8 pm

Open to the public May 14, 10 am to 4 pm, and May 15, 10 am to 1 pm

ART INTAKE DATE:  May 11, 2-6 pm


Nehalem, Manzanita, Wheeler, North Coast, SW Washington, Portland, etc.

It’s never too soon to start. Get out your cool junk—it’s time to make trash art. CARTMs annual Trash Art Show is all about working with that irresistibly interesting stuff you’ve been collecting and wanting to create something with.

All the rules are made to be broken when creating trash art. From beautiful mosaics made from broken dishes, to kinetic sculpture created with broken lawn mower parts to—everything is fair game.

The Trash Art Show is a unique local tradition and creative fundraiser for CARTM. This year’s event, our 18th (!) will be at the Gallery at NCRD, the show’s permanent location in Nehalem, with lots of open and well lit space for your art, and plenty of parking for art lovers.

Artists may submit up to three pieces of work for the show.   There is no entry fee and the only stipulations are that all artwork must be created with recycled, repurposed or reused materials and must fit through a standard size door.   The work must be for sale. Sales receipts are split evenly between the artist(s) and CARTM.

All work needs to be submitted to the Gallery at the NCRD on May 11 between 2 and 6 pm. Each submitted piece must have a title and be ready with appropriate hardware for hanging or display.

CARTM,, is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and is a registered partner with the Oregon Cultural Trust.

For more information contact: Carl Vandervoort (

CALL FOR ART: 16th Annual Trash Art Show

On your mark, get set GO start making Trash Ar

The show that started a local movement 16 years ago returns to CARTM and we want you and your art in this show!  This will be a magical year for our own local brand of art-proving that ideas are constantly shifting.  The 2014 Trash Art Show will be held in the Trash Art Gallery in our own Refindery.  Hmmmmm….you’re saying to yourself, how will they fit all that art into that tiny space?   Click here for details…

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.