One man's trash can be an artist's treasure

Art can happen anywhere, anytime. Paint brushes are not required. Take for example ...

  •  John Elwood’s canjo, a working instrument crafted from a Cougar Cheese can.
  •  Priscilla Struck’s purse made from a coffee wrapper.
  •  Tyler Garcia’s clocks that keep time on old vinyl records.
Art made from found or recycled objects is the focus of Saturday’s Art Demonstration Day at Artisans at the Dahmen Barn, where regional artists will show, demonstrate and sell their work.

Since 2007 the milk barn turned art center has held a demonstration day featuring its resident artisans who rent spaces in the barn along with visiting artists. Previous years have focused on textiles, wood, clay, glass and paper. Artists working in this year’s theme will show everything from greeting cards to musical instruments to sculpture.

Among the resident artists, Terri Walters will show bags made from recycled knitted items that she has felted and embellished. Alison Oman creates jewelry inspired by coins and small trinkets she finds. Kat Clancy creates greeting cards of recycled materials.

Among the visiting artists, musician and luthier John Elwood was inspired by the Washington State University Cougar Cheese cans to create his playable Canjo. Rik Fromdahl carves peach pits. Tyler Garcia turns old vinyl records into clocks using recycled clock parts. Priscilla Struck creates small purses with wrappers from coffee, cookies, old maps and used buttons.

Visiting artist Marcia Parish will demonstrate the creation of vintage art handbags using old clothes, retired upholstery samples, antique threads, trims and laces, and recycled beads, buttons and sequins. Woodworkers Len Zeoli and Ben Carpenter will demonstrate turning with a lathe, and tell about how they select logs for their projects — true found objects.


If you go

What: Sixth annual Art Demonstration Day When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday Where: Artisans at the Dahmen Barn Admission: Free

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