31st Annual Trash Art Show

Trash show

Ira Ono, founder of “The Trash Show: Hawaii Artists Recycle,” will be returning to jury the 31st anniversary edition of one of East Hawaii’s longest-running annual arts events. The show runs from October 4th-25th, beginning with a gala opening on Friday, October 4th from 5:30-7:00p.m., followed by a Multimedia Presentation by Ken Goodrich starting at 7:30 in EHCC’s upstairs performance space, (the gallery will close at this time). Prices are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and children.

Ono’s roots in recycled art go back to his childhood in New York, when he used to scrounge “treasures” for his mom’s antique shop. He was already known for his own recycled art collages and “trash art” jewelry before he moved to the Big Island. He started the Trash Show in 1988 to give other island artists a showcase for original works made from recycled materials. And they responded, with everything from John Mydock’s fanciful insect sculptures, with wings made from old sunglasses lenses, to elaborate installation pieces made with beach flotsam. Many pieces have had strong political messages about the environment, recycling and pollution. The show, Ono says, “reminds people that we’re living on an island with limited resources.”

The exhibit proved so popular that Ono was invited to create similar shows on Maui and Oahu.

If you are interested in submitting a piece, visit: http://ehcc.org/content/31st-annual-trash-art-show-call-entry

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Event Properties

Event Date 10-04-2019 5:30 pm
Event End Date 10-04-2019 7:00 pm
Location East Hawaii Cultural Center

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