Artists turn trash into treasure

Published 1:00 pm Monday, June 11, 2018

The Chilton County Arts Council held an open house for its Another Man’s Treasure exhibit at the Rose Gallery in downtown Clanton on June 9.

All the art displayed was made using repurposed materials that in most cases had been thrown out and were considered garbage.

The artwork was made from items such as old picture frames, old t-shirts, thrift store grab bags, scrap yarn and empty toilet paper rolls.

According to Arts Council president Sue Anne Hoyt, the exhibit showed that art can come from all forms.

“You can make art out of anything,” Hoyt said. “It helps keep the memories alive instead of it laying in a box or a landfill.”

Rebecca Mitchell entered several pieces of artwork for the exhibit from a variety of items that can be found in everyday life.

According to Mitchell, she is always keeping an eye out when she goes out in public or around the house for anything that may make for good art.

“You never know what you’ll find,” Mitchell said.

Giving items considered trash a new meaning is something that she thoroughly enjoys.

Depending on the size of the artwork, it took Mitchell a range of one hour to four days to complete the various projects.

The youngest participant with art on display was 12 years old.

“It gives anybody the opportunity to make something and share it with others,” Hoyt said.

“Another Man’s Treasure” will be on display for the month of June. It will be available for public viewing June 13 and 20 from 2-4 p.m.

The Rose Gallery is located at 703 Second Ave. N. in Clanton.

The Eighth Annual Chilton County Arts Festival is scheduled for July 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center.

Individual yearly arts council memberships are $20 while family memberships are $40. Corporate memberships are also available.