• Studio Tour Artists

Meet the Artists

A regional attraction that has welcomed up to 40,000 visitors, the Recycled Arts Festival is beloved for its zany and eclectic vibe to deliver a humble message of caring for our planet. 120+ artists convene in Clark County to offer a fresh take on what it means to reduce waste, reuse and recycle. While we were unable to take part in festivities together in Esther Short Park, we are celebrating creative reuse this year by showcasing the “Meet the Artist” video series! Thirteen recycled materials artists open their studio doors for an insider look at how and why they use recycled materials to create distinctive works of art. Get ready to be inspired to turn your trash into treasure! All accepted artists utilize at least 75% of materials recovered from the landfill in their creations highlighting the endless possibilities derived from innovation and ingenuity. Visit the Artist Vendor Listing to peruse artwork from all of our talented artists!

Studio Tour Artists   2020 Art Vendors

  • Consciously Crafted Jewelry

    Gina Tombleson of Consciously Crafted Jewelry designs jewelry that is hand made from used bicycle inner tubes. Her process starts by slicing the inner tubes down the center and scrubbing out the insides. She dries them thoroughly and cuts them into strips.

  • cutegirlcreations

    Tonya Meyer of cutegirlcreations creates jewelry, including pendants, earrings and bracelet components from old, broken China plates. Her jewelry is finished with lead-free silver solder, making a lasting keepsake piece of jewelry.

  • Fire Sphere Fire Pits

    Leon Potterton of Fire Sphere Fire Pits creates fire pits from 55-gallon barrels and solar lights from cans. As a welder, he enjoys creating something beautiful out of recycled metals, like old cans and scrap metal barrels.

  • Half Moon Farm

    Brenda Lee Calvert of Half Moon Farm handcrafts art inspired by nature, like dragonflies, flowers and owls. She uses recycled glass, wood, metal and plastic to create tiles, garden totems, garden windows and more.

  • Jason Pickering Studios

     Jason Pickering of Jason Pickering Studios uses discarded dolls and toys to make sculptural pieces. Since vinyl is a porous he uses Rit DyeMore to change the color of any vinyl material. Jason focuses on creating dolls with a variety of colors, sizes and silhouettes.

  • jul

     Julie Koch of jul lays out mosaics on unconventional canvases of windows, scrap wood, bowling balls, plates and other items destined for the dump. Her artwork process is inspired by the recycled goods themselves, allowing the object’s lines to guide her mosaics.

  • Metal Creation

    Wayne Deaton of Metal Creation has been welding since the young age of eight after being taught by his father. He chooses to use materials that would have gone to the landfill because he still sees life and beauty in all types of material.

  • Mindy’s Beer Gear

    Mindy Humphrey of Mindy’s Beer Gear reimagines discarded beer packaging into wallets, luggage tags and other functional and fun accessories including pet waste bag holders, disc golf frisbee holsters and tiara headbands.

  • Recycle with Soifer

    Betsy Soifer of Recycle with Soifer creates whimsical creatures made from mixed recycled metal to mimic animals. Bugs have ceramic or glass abdomens bolted to their metal bodies.

  • Ruby Solei Studio

    Molly Bowman and Kathleen Chamberlin of Ruby Solei Studio are a mother-daughter duo. Kathleen creates colorful hand-painted earrings made on recycled cardboard cereal boxes whose contents have been eaten! Molly brings to life home decor utilizing broken or discarded fence / trim boards as a backdrop.

  • Trial By Metal

    Jim and Ali Miller of Trial By Metal are a father-daughter duo. They describe a change in their relationship when they are welding or taking a blowtorch to metal because their minds meld with a central purpose.

  • Visionary Voltage

    Kyle Susan of Visionary Voltage makes upcycled and repurposed lamps and lighting. His dad always had a passion for collecting and repurposing things. After he passed away Kyle started going through his treasures. Being an electrician for over 30 years, one day the idea came to Kyle that he would take his dad’s “junk” and make lamps out of them.

  • Windy Hill Weavers

    Kathy Marty of Windy Hill Weavers uses two antique floor looms to weave eco-friendly rugs from recycled Pendleton Mills wool selvage (the raw edges trimmed from Pendleton blankets) and cotton warp. Her rugs range from traditional, symmetrical designs to more contemporary, asymmetrical looks and from soft color combinations to bold color mixes.