The exhibition “The Junkyard” turns waste into art

“MANTIS OF PEACE”: This work by Judith Marchand and David P. Horowitz is part of “The Junkyard”, a brand new outdoor art exhibition on recycling organized by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council from July 23 to 25 in Woolsey Park. The exhibition will feature artwork from established professional eco-artists as well as other creative attendees who have reinvented ‘trash’ materials.

Artists will transform Woolsey Park in Hopewell into a temporary sculpture garden from Friday July 23 through Sunday July 25 at “The Junkyard,” a brand new outdoor art exhibit on recycling organized by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. Open for a weekend only, the event celebrates ingenuity while raising awareness of the need to protect our environment by proving that one man’s waste is another man’s treasure.

“The Junkyard” will feature work by established professional eco-artists as well as other creative participants who have reinvented “trash” materials – like plastic bottles, metal tools and nails, styrofoam, wooden pallets, discarded books or car parts – in a unique and amazing art.

“In our throwaway culture, we need to rethink the throwaway by recycling – a totally creative business – to extend the usefulness of these items and divert them from landfill,” said Carol Lipson, executive director of the HV Arts Council.

Visitors will explore the five “zones” of “The Junkyard”, taking a ride through a trash wonderland to be cherished. Zone 1 will display entries for the Creative Teams, Artist Teams and Families Contest for an eco-challenge. The categories assigned to these participants include art for the garden, decorative masks, the transformation of a piece of furniture into something with a completely different use and the choice of artists.

The work of established ecological artists will be on display in the EcoArtist Gallery and Marketplace, Zone 2. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase exhibited artwork and other handcrafted items.

It’s not just adults who learn to be creative with trash. The Kids Gallery in Zone 3 will showcase masterpieces created by young local artists. Old CDs and used plastic water bottles will be turned into hanging works of art, bugs and creatures, many of which were created during the HV Arts Council’s free summer workshops for kids.

“The Junkyard” will feature local “green” resources in Zone 4 with useful and educational exhibits related to the environment, with the participation of the Hopewell Valley Green Team.

And finally, what could be more upcycled than old cars? Zone 5 is Restoration Alley with a different display of refurbished cars as well as restored farm equipment.

“We know this will become an annual tradition,” said Lipson. “It’s a chance to come together again as a community, to celebrate our local artists and creatives and have fun while doing it!”

The opening hours of “The Junkyard” are Friday July 23, 6 pm to 8 pm (last admission 7:30 pm); Saturday July 24 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (last entry at 7:30 p.m.); and Sunday July 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entry at 5.30 p.m.). Tickets cost $ 15 for adults, $ 10 for seniors (65 and over), and $ 5 for children (up to 18). Free strollers.

Woolsey Park is located at 221 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville. For more information and to purchase your tickets in advance, visit

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