The idea “art instead of the landfill” is one of the driving forces behind Habitat ReStore’s “Home is Where the Art Is” Recycled Art Show and Silent Auction. Over the past 5 years, Habitat ReStore has diverted approximately 1,400 tons of materials from area landfills by accepting donations of used appliances, furniture, and home improvement materials and selling them at low prices to local shoppers.
Earlier this winter, local artists created pieces using at least one ReStore material for the “Home is Where the Art Is” Recycled Art Show. The materials they used varied, from small dowels and metal hardware to large windows and doors. Their work gives a new meaning to “repurposed material,” and is now on display at the Spirit Room in downtown Fargo. The art will be auctioned off to benefit Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity at a special event featuring appetizers and wine tasting on Saturday, February 4th at the Spirit Room.
One of the artists participating in this event is Gary Brekke, a longtime volunteer crew leader for Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity. Here’s what he has to say about his experience with this event and his “cutting edge” wind chime made out of saws:
“I’ve been a building volunteer with LAHFH since 1996 and an ‘artist’ since a kind grade school teacher told me I was …. so when the ReStore Home is Where the Art Is project was announced, I thought, ‘what a great way to combine both passions to benefit LAHFH.’
Saws are used all the time on the build site and over the years I’ve noticed that if bumped just right they make a different sound — ‘music’? — than normally heard on the site while cutting wood … so for this year’s ReStore project I decided to use combine these tools to make ‘music’ with help of the wind. So this ‘cutting-edge’ wind chime was created … Enjoy the music responsibly since these are still sharp …
Music instead of the landfill …
Art instead of the landfill …
Builder turned artist changes tools into art …”
Art is available for viewing at the Spirit Room, 111 Broadway, Fargo and through the online flickr album. The February 4th event includes a silent auction, wine tasting from Bernie’s Wine and Liquors and appetizers. Tickets for the event are on sale now for $15 at fargostuff.com, The Spirit Room, and Habitat ReStore. You can also purchase tickets for $20 at the door on February 4th . Must be 21 or older to attend.
Join us at the 2012 Home is Where the Art Is event:
When: Saturday, February 4th from 8 am- 10 am
Where: Spirit Room, 111 Broadway, Fargo