Waste not, want not; Museum of the Red River to hold upcycled art class

By Jeff Wassmann, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52422892Idabel, OK (February 6, 2018)—Families can learn how to turn mundane or unwanted items into works of art at the Museum of the Red River on February 24. The class is part of the Museum’s free “make-and-take” series and sponsored by the McCurtain County Art Club. The workshop is scheduled for 10 am to 3 pm. Participants may drop in and drop out at any time. All supplies are provided. However, attendees are welcome to bring any small, unwanted objects from around the house such as stained glass, tiles, and marbles. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The process of creating new objects from useless or wanted materials is popularly known as upcycling. Upcycling is different from recycling, which converts materials into new products. The concept has become extremely popular in recent years. However, individuals—especially those with limited economic means—have been “upcycling” for thousands of years. The practice also plays a key role in the production of art by many indigenous groups. Upcycling became a part of the mainstream art world in the 20th century thanks to the efforts of artists like Pablo Picasso, Jeff Wassmann, and Louise Nevelson.

[Pictured: “Nietzsche, 306P, 1897” by Jeff Wassmann. Photo by Jeff Wassmann.]

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