Mixed Me­dia Re­cy­cle Santa Fe Art Fes­ti­val

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Some of the most beloved gifts given and re­ceived at the hol­i­days are made by crafts­peo­ple who find in­ven­tive ways to turn or­di­nary or dis­carded ob­jects into one-of-kind pieces of art. In the world of up­cy­cled and re­cy­cled art, sil­ver­ware and soda-pop pull tabs be­come jew­elry, old record al­bums are bound as book cov­ers, clothes are wo­ven into rugs, and out­dated fur­ni­ture gets new life with paint and bit of cre­ative vi­sion.

The Re­cy­cle Santa Fe Art Fes­ti­val — which in 2018 cel­e­brates its 20th year as a pop­u­lar City Dif­fer­ent hol­i­day shop­ping mar­ket — is a trea­sure trove of such finds. The three-day event fea­tures orig­i­nal work by artists from New Mex­ico, Colorado, Illi­nois, Idaho, Ari­zona, and else­where. All of the pieces for sale are made from at least 75-per­cent re­cy­cled ma­te­rial — which could be any­thing from scrap metal to fine silk, as long as it has been re­pur­posed and re-used. Many artists from Santa Fe and North­ern New Mex­ico are among the 90 ven­dors and ar­ti­sans, in­clud­ing Sue Dreamer (re­pur­posed and em­bel­lished clothes and bags); Ber­nadette Free­man (col­lages made from old col­lages); Wil Karp (book arts); Paloma Navar­rete (“ur­ban chic” as­sem­blage) and Bill Skrips (con­tem­po­rary folk art). El­iz­a­beth Morisette, of Fort Collins, Colorado, uses re­cy­cled zip­pers in some of her col­or­ful fiber sculp­tures. “I use these com­mon ma­te­ri­als to create sculp­tures that morph and merge into or­ganic mem­o­ries,” she writes in an artist state­ment. “The zip­per teeth re­mind view­ers of the me­chan­i­cal and the po­etic within an ob­ject we use al­most daily.”

The fest opens at 5 p.m. Fri­day, Nov. 30, at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (201 W. Marcy St.) and con­tin­ues 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Satur­day, Dec. 1, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun­day, Dec. 2. Ad­mis­sion is $5 at the door on Fri­day (free for kids un­der 12). Tick­ets for the re­cy­cle fash­ion show, which be­gins at 7 p.m. that evening, are $15-$20 and in­clude the cost of ad­mis­sion. Ad­mis­sion is free on Satur­day and Sun­day. Fash­ion show tick­ets can be pur­chased at tick­etssantafe.org. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to re­cy­cle­santafe.org. — Jen­nifer Levin

Works by sculp­ture artist El­iz­a­beth Morisette

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