Happy Earth Day! I hope all of you are enjoying the spring weather and being mindful. In the spirit of that I was chosen to be in an exhibit at the Greene County Council on the Arts (Catskill, NY). “Off the Walls: From Junk to Art” The guest curator was sculptor Willie Cole and the theme is recycled arts. Appropriately the opening reception is this evening 5-7pm. This show will remain up from today (April 22nd) through May 27th. I hope you’ll have a chance to visit the gallery.
This year I will be celebrating Earth Day by doing a demonstration on how to cane a chair at the Columbia County’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Hudson, NY. You can catch me doing that from Noon – 2pm. They are holding an all day event that includes demonstrations, talks, and crafts. You can check out the facebook event page here. In addition, there will be a baby animal petting zoo, and from 10am to Noon 98.5 The Cat, Cruisin’ 93.5 will be broadcasting live.
I may or may not have some of my artwork with me as well. (Lampshades made from trailer film, watercolor mandalas that incorporate old book pages, etc.) That is not determined yet.
EARTH DAY SCHEDULE (subject to change – mostly additions)
Food All Day 9-4!
Meet your local CSAs – All Day!
10-Noon 98.5 The Cat, Cruisin’ 93.5 broadcast live with their prize wheel!
10-11AM Learn to rewire a lamp
12-2PM Chair caning demo
2-3PM Build a quick coop mobile greenhouse/chicken run…
11-12 -ish (specific time coming soon) Dan Gibson from Grazin Angus Acres & Grazin Diner will talk about the Farm & Diner and about raising Animal Welfare Approved grass-fed angus.
Steve McKay from Micosta will talk about living his life and running his business according to earth-friendly ideals.
Cornell Cooperative Extension – Soil sampling, growing advice, water testing kits and more
They built a greenhouse from recycled windows and wood! – video and q&a with the builders Michael Bucci and Dylan Wigley
SILENT AUCTION & REPURPOSING GUIDES
Amazing Repurposed Fantastic Furniture & other nifty objects… Far craftier, glamorous, ingenious, hip… than the usual ReStore things. So far we have:
-a bathroom vanity made out of an old dresser
-a painting and a side table – all in one!
-a key/coat rack
-a table reconceived with reclaimed wood
-a bag made of coaxial cable
-a seat with a cupboard underneath – very handy
-Iron on and make your own ReNew t-shirt! …or bag, or hat, or dress…
-Vote for a vegetable! Taste testing for kids.
-Kids paper planter making – FROM NEWSPAPER!
-…and seed planting
-Baby Animal Petting Zoo!!!!