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Event saves reclaimed materials from landfill by diverting waste for creative uses.

A variety of art made from salvaged materials will be featured at the 19th annual Crackedpots art show next week in Troutdale.

More than 90 artists will be displaying and selling their work at the event from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, at McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., in Troutdale.

"All art will be made from a minimum of 80 percent reclaimed materials including salvaged wood, junk metal, broken glass and junk jewelry," said Sara Badiali, the event's organizer. 

The artists this year have reclaimed approximately 20 tons of materials.

"Since it is in its 19th year, this mostly volunteer nonprofit has made a tremendous positive environmental impact by supporting artists who divert waste," Badiali said.

The revenue created by the Crackedpots Reuse Art Show goes directly into the pockets of the junk artists.

"The show supports artists, many of whom generate a substantial amount of their income at this event," Badiali said. "In essence, the Crackedpots Reuse Art Show has inspired and supported job creation for almost 20 years."

Badiali serves on the Building Deconstruction Advisory Group, for the city of Portland. The advisory group assists the city in how to salvage items from buildings rather than demolish the old structures and toss out the rubble. Badiali is a reuse artist herself, so the event caught her eye and she decided to help organize the event this year.

The reuse art show is important because of its environmental, economic and social impacts.

"The Crackedpots Reuse Art Show has influenced many individuals over the years to start creating and selling artwork made from reclaimed materials. Sales from the show have enabled some creatives to go from hobbyists to full-time artists."

IF YOU GO

WHAT: The 19th annual Crackedpots art show.

WHEN: From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 14, and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 15

WHERE: McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale

INFORMATION: crackedpots.org

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