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The Art of Recycling

To celebrate this year’s Earth Day held on April 22nd, the ACWL-Nuveen in collaboration with the White Lake Area Climate Action Council (WLACAC), presented a community-wide Climate Art Display in various public locations in Whitehall and Montague. We put out an open call for participants and were pleased when over 40 multi-generational artists chose to create climate change themed artwork using re-purposed 12”x12” canvases and cardboard. In the true spirit of recycling, we decided to re-install all of the pieces that had been on display throughout the community in our exhibition gallery, May 11 – June 5 to give the unique works more public exposure.


Rachel Mitteer Christiana Franzon Axel Franzon


Showcasing the climate change artwork was the catalyst for the theme of our next exhibit, The Art of Recycling. As we brainstormed with the enthusiastic members of the WLACAC we got excited by the possibilities of creating an interactive, growing window display for the duration of the show. The artwork will incorporate branches and twigs woven and knotted free style with various plastic grocery bags and other lightweight recyclables. The artwork is intended to be interactive – we invite the public to come in and weave, tie some plastic knots, crochet, and help us grow our plastic artwork statement. You can feel good knowing that at the end of the exhibit the entire plastic installation will get de-constructed and recycled. As part of the exhibit, we will be purchasing the All-In-One Zero Waste Box from TerraCycle an innovative company based in New Jersey with facilities worldwide creating outlets for individuals and businesses to recycle almost anything and everything. They describe themselves as “a social enterprise on a mission to eliminate the idea of waste” - https://www.terracycle.com/. Also featured in the Art of Recycling exhibit will be some innovative furniture created by local artist Ann Kraus out of salvaged scrap wood, and information on ways to compost and places to recycle in Muskegon County. We understand the importance of a constructive dialogue around and implementing positive changes toward combatting climate change. One can easily get overwhelmed and discouraged, but by getting creative and starting the habit of recycling we can all make a difference.


The Art of Recycling exhibit will open to the public May 11 and run through June 5. Hours for the ACWL-Nuveen are Tuesday – Friday, 11:00 – 5:30pm and Saturday, 11:00-3:00pm. For more information about the exhibit and how to participate call (231) 893-2524 or stop by – 106 E. Colby Street, Whitehall.