The Art of Upcycling opens in Pitt Meadows gallery

Things we throw away turned into works of art

With Earth Day coming up, the Pitt Meadows Art Gallery opened a new exhibit on Saturday featuring impressive works of art created from stuff we throw away.

The Art of Upcycling features both talented local amateurs and celebrated artists from elsewhere.

“Everyday objects discarded as waste are re-imagined into remarkable works of contemporary art and sculpture in The Art of Upcycling at the Pitt Meadows Art Gallery,” said the promo.

“This year’s exhibit hopes to raise awareness about excess plastic waste that ends up in the oceans.”

Pitt Meadows artist Betty Walraven, who has been creating art all her life, turns plastic bottles into spike mobiles that hung from the ceiling at the gallery. She cuts the bottles into strips and heats them into colourful stars.

“This is wonderful,” she said of the show. “I’m so impressed with the creativity,” she said.

Maple Ridge artist Joseph Karasz was also proud to have his wide range of artwork in the show, saying there is a lot of high level artistry on display.

The retired steel fabricator had bonsai trees made from copper, and birds from discarded plastic pvc pipe.

Susann Sigmund, city arts and cultural services coordinator, noted that the second annual upcycling exhibit had grown from eight artists in its first year to 16 now in its second.

Pieces include a 2D map sewn together with recycled plastics and fabrics, jewellery hand-crafted from reclaimed plastics along the Pacific Rim shores and playful sculptures created from a variety of upcycled materials.

The show will be on display at the Harris Road art gallery until May 26.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Joseph Karasz of Maple Ridge with plastic woodpeckers. (Neil Corbett/THE NEWS)

Just Posted

Easter egg hunts and fun for families

More events scheduled for Sunday in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Bobcats, bears, and otters, oh my!

Critter Care Wildlife Society’s 20th anniversary gala set for next Saturday in Langley

Victoria ‘reviewing options’ for removing convicted councillors

Pitt Meadows lobbied for change after David Murray’s sex assault conviction

Cubetto teaches kids the building blocks of coding

Fraser Valley Regional Library’s wooden robot coming to Maple Ridge in May

Toothpick speech a Toastmasters win for Pitt man

Stefano Cossalter won the district-level contest.

Dashcam captures close call between minivan, taxi at busy Vancouver intersection

To make the footage more nerve-wracking, a pedestrian can be seen standing at the corner

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Seattle’s 4-20 ‘protestival’ enjoys tolerance, some support – and B.C. could do the same

Seattle’s Hempfest a large-scale occasions with vendors, prominent musical acts and thousands of attendees

Parents say Austrian climber missing in Banff National Park ‘lived his dream’

David Lama, Hansjorg Auer and American climber Jess Roskelley have been missing since Wednesday

Most Read