An innovative art exhibit, “Recycled Runway,” is on display in the Visitor’s Center and Gallery at the Bankhead Theater in downtown Livermore. Curated by the Bothwell Arts Center, the exhibit features one-of-a-kind wearable art made with discarded items that have been imaginatively and artistically repurposed and reused. Jackets, dresses, scarves, jewelry and other pieces have been created from used textiles, paper, gloves, photos, maps and expired gift and credit cards that might otherwise have ended up in the landfill. Two-dimensional works also made from recycled materials complete the exhibit. Opened at the end of June, the “Recycled Runway” exhibit will close on Saturday, August 27, 2016 with a fashion show and reception, where each piece of wearable art will be modeled live.
Many reusable and recyclable items end up in the landfill every day, despite a growing awareness of environmental issues and the knowledge that everyone needs to reduce waste. According to Anne Giancola, Bothwell Arts Center Manager, “Recycled Runway” takes an artistic approach to contradicting the throwaway mentality, presenting remarkable works that are both thought-provoking and visually fascinating. The exhibit invites the public to think about environmental impact, the importance of recycling, and conservation of limited natural resources.
“Recycled Runway” is a thoughtful visual expression of the power of recycling and how what one person sees as trash can be artistic treasure to another. The exhibit is on display in the Gallery at the Bankhead Theater seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m. until the closing reception and fashion show on Saturday afternoon, August 27 from 1 pm to 3:30 p.m. The exhibit and closing reception are free and open to the public. Run by the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center (LVPAC), the Visitor’s Center and Gallery is located at 2400 First Street in downtown Livermore.
Fashion show on Saturday, August 27 from 1 - 3:30 pm