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Recap - 2019 Clark County Recycled Arts Festival

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What do you get when you cross a giant dung beetle, a marching band, 138 artists, ten nonprofits, and tons of materials rescued from a fate in the landfill? The 2019 Clark County Recycled Arts Festival! The annual event is a fun way to help residents be more mindful about waste and recycling, encouraging them to see what may be trash as potential t...
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2019 Sculpture Garden Winners

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The Sculpture Garden at the 2019 Recycled Arts Festival was stiff competition; eight artists submitted sculptures for visitors to view and vote for their favorite. Here are the winners:   1st Place: "A Reclamation" by Peony Ranch Art 2nd Place: "Solar Fountain" by Trial by Metal ​ 3rd Place: "Liberality" by David Mylin Thank you...
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Join us this Sunday at the Procession of the Species

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At the Procession of the Species, you may find yourself walking through Esther Short Park joined by a towering deer, six foot flower, and giant friendly bear, all walking behind a booming band. Where else can you see that? The Procession is open to anyone and everyone who wants to join us in celebrating the natural world through art. It happens in ...
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Lots to see at the 2019 Recycled Arts Festival! Part III

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The Recycled Arts Festival is much more than a market for shopping (though we do hope you support the participating artists!); it's an experience! Here in Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach, we wanted to make sure that you could immerse yourself in thinking about waste, recycling, and how to reduce your impact without spending a di...
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Lots to see at the 2019 Recycled Arts Festival! Part II

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The Recycled Arts Festival is much more than a market for shopping (though we do hope you support the participating artists!); it's an experience! Here in Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach, we wanted to make sure that you could immerse yourself in thinking about waste, recycling, and how to reduce your impact without spending a di...
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Procession of the Species - Parade and Costume Contest

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Each summer the Recycled Arts Festival comes to Esther Short Park bringing food, music, entertainment, and hundreds of artists. Now for the third year, the fun includes the Procession of the Species ! On Sunday, June 30 during the Festival, join the Procession for a march through the Park led by a live marching band. All ages are welcome to join in...
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Artist Spotlight: Beyond Caricature

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Beyond Caricature is coming to Vancouver, WA to draw faces at the Recycled Arts Festival this June. And with a festival that has around 40,000 visitors each year, we're sure to keep them busy! Joseph Brady and Lisa Dubitsky are the artists behind Beyond Caricature, and they draw live caricatures and portraits on their uniquely upcycled illustration paper.

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Artist Spotlight: Sculpture Garden Contestant Kay Sims of Peony Ranch Art

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​Each year at the Recycled Arts Festival, artists are invited to submit a piece for the Sculpture Garden contest. The Sculpture Garden is a display on the brick pavilion at the Festival where visitors can vote for their favorite. We recently interviewed Kay Sims of Peony Ranch Art about her entry for this year's Sculpture Garden. ​Recycled Art...
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Lots to see at the 2019 Recycled Arts Festival! Part I

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The Recycled Arts Festival is much more than a market for shopping (though we do hope you support the participating artists!); it's an experience! Here in the Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach team, we want to make sure that you can enjoy learning about reducing your environmental impact without spending a dime. To that end, we've...
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Volunteer at the Recycled Arts Festival!

Volunteer at the Recycled Arts Festival!
We're changing the way people think about the environment, and you can help us by volunteering at the Recycled Arts Festival this summer.

Volunteering at the festival means you will be in the middle of all the action! Around 40,000 people come to Esther Short Park over the weekend to see over 130 different artists and to experience the live music, stilt walkers, robots, the Procession of the Species, and more! Volunteer slots are now open and we have a huge variety of shifts available. 
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Artist Registration Open for the 2019 Recycled Arts Festival

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Calling all artists!   ​ Registration is now open for this years Recycled Arts Festival . Are you a returning vendor, or a local artist looking for a new platform? That means it's time to sign up, and begin preparing for another fantastic event of music, food, and creativity. Here's a few things to keep in mind before you apply: ~ Art mus...
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Tis’ the Season for Recycled Art!

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By Anne Maher  Between decorating, gift-making, ugly sweaters and dinner parties…there may not be a better time of year for creating recycled art! There are a seemingly endless amount of ideas for all of your creative needs this holiday season, for both festivities and reducing waste. Here's just a few: Decorations No matter what or how you're...
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Sculpture Garden 2018

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Win prizes at the Recycled Arts Festival

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Recycled Arts Festival Rocks! We're hiding special Recycled Arts Festival Vancouver "Rocks!" rocks around town... find one with a Recycled Arts Festival Rocks sticker on the bottom and bring it to the festival info booth for a prize!! Don't forget to snap a photo to post on our Facebook page ! Tossed and Found Raffle Help reduce wast...
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RAF Artist Spotlight: Scott and Jen Poverud

RAF Artist Spotlight: Scott and Jen Poverud
Scott Poverud has worked for Waste Connections for six years as a recycle driver for multifamily housing complexes, mostly in downtown Vancouver. Seeing all of the pallets getting chipped as hog fuel and burned for energy, he was inspired to save that material and make it into something that can be enjoyed by all. What started out as a few custom d...
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Procession of the Species: June Costume Workshops

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Upcoming costume workshops! FREE - all ages welcome. Join us at these free workshops where you can create your own mask/costume for the Procession! We will supply all the materials — mostly repurposed/salvaged materials that were destined for the landfill. Space is limited, so sign up ahead of time! Thursday, June 7th, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, River Home...
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How it all began: Interview with Sally Fisher

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Sally Fisher was instrumental in starting the Recycled Arts Festival in Clark County and has been coordinating the event for the past twelve years. We sat down to reminisce with her about the first Recycled Arts Festival and how far it has come. What inspired the first Recycled Arts Festival (RAF)? There was a group of people; we worked together as...
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Mother’s Day: Art with Heart

Mother’s Day: Art with Heart
Tissue paper bouquets, bedazzled toilet paper rolls, macaroni necklaces, and lots of paper smeared with colored crayons, markers, and paint. Perhaps you made something of the sort for your mother when you were a child or perhaps you've received such a gift from a beloved child on Mother's Day or another occasion. Adults' go-to gifts for these sorts...
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Is it Trash? Is it Art? Is it Useful?

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If you have creative kids, you probably have had boxes full of construction paper drawings, macaroni necklaces, Popsicle stick structures, towel roll telescopes, candy wrapper bracelets and various other creations. Eventually they pile up, they break, they're not useful, and so you throw them away. At least their life was prolonged for a little whi...
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Material Spotlight: Clothing

Material Spotlight: Clothing
Reweaving the Threads Upcycled clothing is more than a fad; it's something that addresses social and environmental injustices around the world. Americans throw away over 32 billion pounds of textiles each year. With clothes being made cheaper and cheaper, they wear out a lot faster. However, while some people throw away clothes because of a hole or...
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