Eighth annual recycled arts festival returns to Clark County June 29-30
Vancouver, WA – Live entertainment, family-friendly activities and more than 120 vendors selling art works crafted from recycled items will highlight this year’s Recycled Arts Festival.
The event will be in Esther Short Park at West Eighth and Esther streets in downtown Vancouver, adjacent to the Vancouver Farmers Market. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 29, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Entry is free.
Artists will display and sell works designed from reused and reclaimed materials. Works include metal, glass and porcelain garden art, recycled paper books and cards, reclaimed turned wood sculptures, tin can lanterns and birdfeeders, and jewelry and clocks made from vinyl records and reclaimed bicycle tires and gears.
Live music – from steel drums to Zydeco – will be on stage throughout the weekend.
Both days will feature a world class juggler, storyteller Will Hornyak, a stilt walker and Eartha the Ecological Clown. Children have an opportunity to learn circus tricks on the lawn.
Representatives of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will be in the park Saturday to make science fun. SCRAP, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental sustainability and provides affordable materials for community reuse, will provide family recycled art crafts on Sunday.
The popular Tossed and Found Experience will return to the festival this year. The display consists of reusable items “rescued” from garbage transfer stations. Festival-goers can browse the display all day Saturday and Sunday in the large tent near the Salmon Run Bell Tower. Items will be available for purchase at local area thrift shops after the festival.
Clark County Environmental Services is presenting the event, along with its corporate sponsor, Columbia Credit Union, its media sponsor, The Columbian, and its event partner, Whole Foods Market Mill Plain.
For more information on the festival, see www.recycledartsfestival.com. For more information on recycling in Clark County, visit: RecyclingA-Z.com.
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