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6th Annual Recycled Art (& Science) Fair

City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department’s Open Space Visitor Center presents The Sixth Annual Recycled Art (& Science) Fair


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Apr 26, 2014 09:00 AM - Apr 27, 2014 03:00 PM


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120


City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department’s Open Space Visitor Center presents:  The Sixth Annual Recycled Art (& Science) Fair at the Open Space Visitor Center.

The Open Space Division celebrates thirty years of resource management this year. We as a community continue to reinvent how we participate in resource consumption, resource management and resource reuse.

caption:An example of super rad atomic recycled art

Our annual Recycled Art Fair celebrates how far we have come in taking care of our lands and where we can increase our stewardship. Please join us for an event that educates and fascinates. Part of our job connecting people to place. At Albuquerque's premier place - the Open Space Visitor Center.

Featured Schedule of Activities (Subject to change):

Saturday April 26th

10:00 am: Games begin

11:00 am: Tin Punch worshop

11:30 am: Greywater presentation with Peter Gallo of Old School

12:30 pm – 1:30: Andy Moss playing celtic pinwhistle

1:30pm: Composting with John Zarola

2:00 pm: Tin Punch Aluminum workshop

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Music with Last Call

Sunday April 27th:

11:30am: Recycled Art Printmaking Demo with Kent Swanson

12:30pm: Art Street

1:30pm: Food Forests – Nature’s Cycles

Activities, Games, Music, Vendors, and More!

During the fair, enjoy vendors selling a variety of arts and crafts.  This is an event for the whole family inspiring us to reconsider our resources through education and fascination.

We are reinventing the cycle in recycle! Our partners in this venture are UPCYCLE ARTISTS. Browse the booths of artists who take items and transform them into objects of aesthetic and practical value. As the cycle of nature unfolding on our public lands inspires us, so does our evolving effort to increase the efficient use of our resources. You will also enjoy:

  • EVERYTHING CYCLES game for chance to win raffle tickets!
  • Carnival Games for the whole family: Recycle Ring Toss, (waste) basket toss, Bob for “Worms”!
  • Slam Poets on TRASH
  • How Nature Recycles – The Art and Science of Composting
  • Art Workshops with Art Street
  • Kids' Activities
  • Silent Auction, Raffle, Educational Games
  • Presentations on reimagining the next thirty years
  • Film showing “Trashed”
  • Food Forest Gardening – More Food, Less Water, More Possibilities!
  • Music with Last Call, Juniper Hill and others
  • Magic Show for Kids
  • Dusty the Roadrunner from Keep New Mexico Beautiful
  • Upcycle Arts & Crafts for Adults
  • Grand Opening of “The Open Space Gift Shop”
  • The art gallery show “Revived” featuring upcycle art closing reception


Saturday the 26th:

  • Art workshop with Art Street
  • Slam Poetry & Open Mic
  • Kids' activities
  • Tin punch aluminum workshop
  • Home Composting Basics
  • Play the REshopping game "Drop til you Shop"
  • Music
  • Silent Auction
  • 40+ Upcycle Art & educational booths

Sunday the 27th:

  • Revived Art show finalists announced
  • Music with Last Call
  • Web of Life Foundation - the cycles in the wild
  • Rachel Carson chatauqua
  • Play the REshopping game "Drop til you Shop"
  • Silent Auction
  • 40+ Upcycle Art & educational booths

Revived Gallery Show

We will have "Revived," a juried art exhibit in the Visitor Center main gallery the months of March and April.


The Sixth Annual Recycled Art Fair is now accepting applications to be a vendor. The Recycled Art Fair is a two-day event celebrating Open Space's Spring Clean Ups in the Foothills and responsible land stewardship every day of the year. Thank you for participating in this fun event!

Spaces limited -early submissions are appreciated.

Please review the following two vendor forms:

Recycled Art Fair Mission Statement:

The mission of the 2014 Recycled Art Fair is to instill in participants that they are integral to and dependent upon the cycles that sustain life.

About the Recycled Art Fair

The City of Albuquerque celebrates its annual Spring Clean-ups in the Sandia Foothills with this annual event.

Please join us to see how this amazing phenomenon is evolving.

The Recycled Art Fair began in 2009 and has multiplied in size and scope. I look forward to reviewing your proposals. Do not hesitate to call or email with questions. Thank you for your cooperation in creating a successful celebration of upcycling.

2012 Recycle Art Fair Winners

  • 1st Place: "Frankenseed" by Wes Brittenham
  • 2nd Place: "Lotus Flowers" by Susan Tische
  • 3rd Place: Two entrants tied: "April Bond" by Luke Logan and "Spotted Balls" by Mataji Graham
  • Honorable Mentions: "Figure" by Adrienne Aleixandre of the Bosque School;  "Billy da Kid" by Gilbert Candelaria

Past Recycled Art Fair Organizers, Volunteers & Sponsors

The success of the 2012 Recycled Art Fair would not have been possible without the hard work and support of key people and groups.

  • Kim Selving: The founder of the Fair who nearly single-handedly coordinated every aspect of the event right down to (almost) driving up to Santa Fe to collect the handmade ribbons for the artists.
  • Peggy Minich: An Open Space volunteer who bravely knocked on doors and raised approximately $600 worth of food and donations.
  • Open Space Alliance
  • Local Businesses supporting the 2012 event with food and gifts:
    Albertson's | Baggin's Sandwich Shop | Garret's Jerky | Jinja Restaurant | Pizza Hut | Pudge Brother's Pizza | Riverside Plaza Starbucks | Sakura Restaurant | Smith's | Sunflower Market | Village Inn | Weck's
  • Open Space and UNM Volunteers: Surely, this event would have been utter chaos without the kind help of the following people (in no particular order):
    Michael Mock | Charlie Wood | Chris Barber | Suzy Sholar | Bobbie Sholar | Erik Sholar | Gwen Branch | Jill Greene | Nina Trogon | Susan Noftsker | Carl Vikstrom | Sari Jensen | Linda Dell Baltzley | Lisa Costlow | Pat Willis | Doug Calderwood | Jackie Kozal | Rick Willis