The bright side of recycling

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INSPIRE! Week is fast approaching and the 40 West Arts District is accepting submissions for a show with two themes to celebrate.

The themes of the art exhibit are vivid color and recycled art, and the show will run from June 7-23 at the 40 West gallery, 1560 Teller St.

The deadline for entries is Thursday, May 2.

“The idea for the dual theme was really inspired by the Nick Cave exhibit that will be at the Denver Art Museum in June,” said Julie Byerlein, a member of the board for the district and a volunteer with its champion group. “His work ties in both themes and we thought it would be a nice tie-in event.”

Bill Marino, executive director of the Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District, said 40 West’s show plan is based on input from community artists, and that both of these themes have been garnering a lot of interest for some time.

“The vivid color theme is really about honoring the spring season with it’s colors coming into bloom,” he said. “The recycled art show is really a tip of the hat to sustainability.”

Marino said that for the recycled art exhibit, at least 75 percent of the work must be made from revised or repurposed material.

“There is a big interest in recycled art these days,” Byerlein said. “It’s going to be a very integrated event, because we have partners who will be doing similar things as well.”

The Everything Recycled Art Market will host a trash fashion show on June 8 and 9, which Byerlein said will be a fantastic event that will showcase some real creativity.

The Lakewood library will also have an altered book display set up. An altered book is any book, old or new that has been recycled by creative means into a work of art. It can be rebound, painted, cut, burned, folded, added to, collaged in, gold-leafed, rubber stamped, drilled or otherwise adorned.

There will also be a free creative writing seminar at the library on June 8 with novelist Elizabeth Wrenn.

“With every exhibit our number of engaged artists grow,” Byerlein said. “It’s great to see that, and for this show, to have community partners as well.”

For more information on the show and how to submit work, visit www.40westarts.org.