Here at the Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity ReStore, we take that to heart. The Habitat ReStore opened in 2006 with a three-fold mission: generate funds to build more Habitat for Humanity homes in Cass and Clay counties, sell new and used home improvement materials and appliances at affordable prices, and to keep usable home improvement materials out of the local landfill.
To celebrate Habitat ReStore’s sustainable practices and connection with the community, we are preparing for the second annual Home is Where the Art Is Art Show and Silent Auction, a unique event where artists from our community are encouraged to share their take on this old adage. Artists are invited to use materials from the ReStore’s collection of donated home improvement materials to create a work of art.
Participating artists are given a $50 voucher for materials from the ReStore to create an art piece. With the unique nature of the materials we sell at the ReStore, the possibilities for creativity are endless. Last year, a variety of materials were used including doors, windows, glass, tiles, power cords, furniture and much more. In viewing the flickr album of the pieces created last year, it is amazing to see how artists can repurpose products donated to the ReStore and create a new treasure out of something that could have been sent to the landfill.
Are you an artist? Do you know an artist? We are looking for artists that love a challenge and want to make a positive impact on their community. The art will be displayed at the Spirit Room Gallery in downtown Fargo for three weeks and will then auctioned off at the Home Is Where the Art Is event on February 4th, 2012. All of the funds raised from the artwork sold will support Lake Agassiz Habitat’s mission of building simple, decent, and affordable homes for families in our community. That is truly making treasure out of trash.