Trash Art Challenge

The Alchemical Nursery Project is calling all artists and musicians with a Trash Art Challenge. The concept is for local artists to take discarded and found objects to show how trash can be redesigned into works of art.

Participating artists' works will be exhibited in the "Lead to Gold Alchemical Trash Art Show" from May 21 to 27 at Spark Contemporary Art Space, 1005 E. Fayette St, Syracuse as well as in the lobby of the Palace Theater, 2384 James St, Syracuse on May 28 and 29. The May 21 showing at Spark is part of the Third Thursdays citywide arts open.

The art will be auctioned off for the benefit of the Alchemical Nursery Project, during the International Social Action Film Festival at The Palace Theater in Eastwood on May 28 and 29, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Participating artists will be provided free tickets to both nights of the International Social Action Film Festival and be featured on The Alchemical Nursery Project Web site. In addition, a panel of judges will award the "Most Creative" entry with a cash prize equal to the amount bid for the artists' work.

The trash art challenge was inspired by Alchemical Nursery co-founder Elizabeth Slate's decision to save her trash and stop putting it to the curb -- recyclables included. One year later, she has a large tupperware container filled with non recyclables -- mostly plastic wrapping and packaging weighing approximately five pounds, in addition to sorted recyclables, all of which are available to participating artists for the Trash Art Challenge.

The Film Festival will showcase local and international short films as well as a feature presentation of "War Dance," an Academy Awards Nominee and Sundance Film Festival Winner. All proceeds will benefit The Alchemical Nursery Project, a local nonprofit established to promote sustainable and regenerative urban lifestyles and landscapes.

For more information and to submit artwork, contact Elizabeth Slate at 412.1012, alchemicalnursery@fastmail.fm or Frank Cetera at 380.6161,

frcetera@alchemicalnursery.org; or visit alchemicalnursery.org. The submission deadline for entries is May 11. Artists should request the Trash Art Challenge Artists Agreement for participation info.

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