America Recycles Art Competition announces Winners

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By: Jane Fountain

November 15th was America Recycles Day. A recycle fair was held on Central campus, hosted by Phi Theta Kappa and Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful.

Part of the fair featured art and metalwork by several of the art classes and the Welding Club. The only criteria for entering the contest was that each piece must be constructed entirely of found or recycled materials. Fifty-six entries ranging from jewelry pieces to life-sized sculptures and finely crafted metal pieces were judged by 132 people.

For those who didn’t get a chance to see the vast display of creativity, all items will be on exhibit in the Pease Gallery, located in the lobby of the Pease Auditorium, on Central Campus. Regular gallery hours are M,W,F – 11:00 am-3:00 pm. And T,TH – 11:00 am-12:00 pm. The exhibit lasts until the end of the semester.

Many of the pieces may be purchased. Arrangements can be made for pick up after the show. Proceeds from the sale of any welding club entry will go towards the financing of their 2008 trip to England.

A reception for the artists will be held in the gallery Thursday, November 30 from 4-6 pm. The public is invited.

America Recycles Day Art Competition Winners

1st Place - "Temptation" by Jennifer Murphy - materials: fabric
2nd Place tie - "Three Trees" by Aly Joyner - materials: salvaged door, window frame, wire, nails, wood panels, and wood blocks
2nd Place tie -"Turtles Hatching" by Courtney Liddic - materials: found wood, eggs, egg cartons w/tissue paper, flour, salt, water, acorn shells, glass, sand, newspaper, tooth picks, Styrofoam
3rd Place -"Comp U.S.A." by Justin Cook - materials: old laptop circuit boards and parts, blown speaker, wires

1st Place - "Bag Lady" by Kristine Fisher - materials: plastic shopping bags
2nd Place - "Too Young to Work" by Heather Felts - materials: metal, aluminum cans, plywood
3rd Place - "Family Unit" by Tom Nguyen - materials: recycled foam, wood, carpet, wire

1st Place tie - " Mosaic Collage" by Louise McLaughlin - materials: metal
1st Place tie - "Feather Weight" by Will McDade - materials: angle iron (bed frame)
2nd Place - "Bird Feeder Stand with Vine" - Group project - Will McDade, Scott Pope, Steve Kotsokalis, and Heidi Rotberg- materials: angle iron (bed frame), EMT electrical conduit, 12 gauge sheet metal, I-beam, MIG wire
3rd Place - "Faith in Transition" by Conte Freeman - materials pipe, plate steel, I beam, bend & test coupon