Recycled draws attention to the man-made and natural art that is part of our everyday life. The opening of Recycled coincides with Earth Day, a global celebration of clean air, land and water.

This exhibit focuses on work created from found and discarded materials recycled in unexpected ways. At first, recycled materials appear unsophisticated, but through creativity and transformation, our everyday world can be altered into something magical, sparking the imagination and spirit.

Much of this work has been created with materials that are usually discarded to a landfill. Students reveal the hidden beauty in cardboard boxes, aluminum cans, household objects, metal pipes and old clothes, injecting new life and meaning. The challenge of transforming found materials, is an inexpensive way to continuously express and share creativity. Recycled art often cleverly engages the viewer to think about our consumer culture by encouraging us to see the world through their imagination.

Recycled features select artwork from students in grades K-12. This is the 5th Student Exhibition co-curated by the Summit High School (NAHS) National Art Honor Society and Breckenridge Creative Arts. All nine Summit School District schools are represented.

Photos: Joe Kusumoto