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Local artists turn trash from the cleanup into artistic expressions for others to enjoy

COURTESY PHOTO: JUDE STRADER - Here is a sample of the artwork created from the trash taken from the April river cleanup.COURTESY PHOTO: JUDE STRADER - Pictured is 'Fish of the Molalla River' by Steve Mysinger and Kate Simmons.A number of volunteers met on April 27 to help clean up the Molalla River. These people managed to take away trash. But, as we all know one person's trash is another's treasure and that is what happened.

The 27th annual Spring River Clean Up also became the First Annual Trash to Art project. About 10 people and/or groups gathered to turn trash to treasure and so far five have completed their art works. They first exhibited their work at the Wild and Wet Film Festival at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center Aug. 15. Last weekend their work was exhibited at The Main Shop Gallery in Molalla.

The art work includes "Kirby" by Mark Hise and Steve Mysinger, made of salvaged vacuumed cleaner parts, a shot up paint can, electrical wiring and found mild steel; "Meth Head" by Mark Hise and Kate Simmons, which used stripped electrical casings, salvaged steel and a car jack; "Fish of the Molalla River" by Steve Mysinger and Kate Simmons using cast aluminum, carved wood and paint; "Nature Composition #1" by Inez Finstand and Kate Simmonds, made of repurposed bed springs from a mattress, a shot up barbeque, field fencing, barbeque wire, welded steel and tie wire; and "Senior Fish…The Unfortunate Garbage Collector" from Sandra Tingaud and Maureen Heath, a sculpture made of chicken wire, tomato cages, newspaper, shotgun shells and beer cans.COURTESY PHOTO: JUDE STRADER - Another sample of the artwork created from the river cleanup.


Carol Rosen
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