Mixed Media Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival
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and soda-pop pull tabs become jewelry, old record albums are bound as book covers, clothes are woven into rugs, and outdated furniture gets new life with paint and bit of creative vision.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