July 7, 2021

“The Junkyard” Exhibit Turns Trash into Art

“MANTIS OF PEACE”: This work by Judith Marchand and David P. Horowitz is part of “The Junkyard,” an all-new outdoor upcycle art exhibit hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council July 23 to July 25 at Woolsey Park. The exhibit will feature artwork by established professional eco artists as well as other creative participants who have reimagined “trash” materials.

Artists will transform Woolsey Park in Hopewell into a temporary sculpture garden from Friday, July 23 to Sunday, July 25 at “The Junkyard,” an all-new outdoor upcycle art exhibition hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. Open for one weekend only, the event celebrates ingenuity while raising awareness about the need to protect our environment proving that one man’s trash is another’s treasure.

“The Junkyard” will feature artwork by established professional eco artists as well as other creative participants who have reimagined “trash” materials — like plastic bottles, metal tools and nails, Styrofoam, wood pallets, discarded books, or car parts — into unique and astonishing art.

“In our throw-away culture, we need to rethink disposability by upcycling — a totally creative endeavor — to prolong these items’ usefulness and divert them from a landfill,” said Carol Lipson, executive director of the HV Arts Council.

Visitors will explore the five “zones” of “The Junkyard,” taking a tour through a wonderland of trash to treasure. Zone 1 will display entries for the Creative Team Competition, teams of artists and families up for an eco-challenge. Categories assigned to these participants include art for the garden, decorative masks, transformation of a piece of furniture into something with a completely different use, and artists’ choice.

Established eco artists’ work will be highlighted in the EcoArtist Gallery & Marketplace, Zone 2. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase displayed artwork and other hand-crafted items.

It is not just adults who are learning to get creative with trash. The Kids Gallery, in Zone 3, will display masterpieces created by local young artists. Old CDs and used plastic water bottles will be transformed into hanging art and bugs and creatures, many created at the HV Arts Council’s free summer workshops for kids.

“The Junkyard” will include some local “green” resources in Zone 4 with useful and educational environmentally-related displays, with participation from the Hopewell Valley Green Team.

And last but not least, what’s more upcycled than vintage cars? Zone 5 is Restoration Alley with a different display of refurbished cars as well as restored farm equipment.

“We know this will become a yearly tradition,” said Lipson. “It’s a chance to gather again as a community, celebrate our local artists and creatives, and have some fun while doing it!”

“The Junkyard” hours are Friday, July 23, 6 to 8 p.m. (last entry at 7:30 p.m.); Saturday, July 24, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (last entry at 7:30 p.m.); and Sunday, July 25, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entry at 5:30 p.m.). Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 seniors (65+), and $5 for kids (up to 18). Strollers free.

Woolsey Park is located at 221 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville. For more information and to purchase your tickets in advance, visit hvartscouncil.org/thejunkyard