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.

A Zero Waste Community

After the 2010 Trash Bash the only piece of unrecyclable trash was this potato chip bag! More than 1,000 people attended.

After the 2010 Trash Bash the only piece of unrecyclable trash was this potato chip bag! More than 1,000 people attended.

As a community we take responsibility for the waste we generate.

Visionary neighbors created CARTM in 1996 to handle the solid waste we generate as locally as possible so that as a community we take responsibility for what we produce and introduce in our region. We continue to work conscientiously to reduce waste.

CARTM taps deeply into the need to do something creative and positive about the waste generated in our own neighborhood; therefore support for CARTM crosses traditional boundaries. Tillamook County provides space for our facilities and Master Gardeners volunteer to manage our landscaping. Local businesses contribute money for operations and bring cans, bottles, cardboard, paper and construction materials for volunteers to bundle for recycling. Residents bring out-of-town guests to shop in the re-use store while they recycle household waste, and Nehalem Bay State Park campers and coast tourists wander in to see what we’re about. Local artists lead and attend our famed Trash Art Workshops and show their creations at the annual Trash Art Show. Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality permits our operations. The City of Manzanita approved our site plans in 1998 and 2007. Our local city governments are very supportive of CARTM’s mission, and consider us a local gem.

It is important to us to include everyone to achieve success. Every CARTM program is open without bias to all members of our community — residents, second homeowners and visitors. We do not track the age, ethnic, disability, gender, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status of our staff, volunteers or customers. We each can contribute to sustainability!