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“Recycled/Salvaged Art Project” teaches students while they create


Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

By Barb Jeffers

A very unique art contest will be held for the first time by the Pfarkel Sisters of Junk (re)defined. The “Recycled/Salvaged Art Project” is available to students ages 10-18. The contest is open to all students including homeschooled children as well as 4-H groups. Students may enter the contest as an individual or as a group.

The “Recycled/Salvaged Art” may be functional or non-functional, created from items and/or materials that were once used with a different purpose, have been discarded or would have ended up in the landfill. The project must be at least fifty percent or more recycled material and the student must solely complete at least ninety percent of the project.

Idea submissions were turned in and the completed product must be submitted by May 30, 2013. Final selections will be made on June 10. The art will be judged on originality, artistic or functional usage and use of salvaged materials. The items will then be on display at the Pfarkel Sisters 5th annual Vintage Treasure Market on the Farm, 29452 Co. Rd. 11, Fountain, Minn. (4 miles NE of Fountain on Co. Rd. 11) which will be held June 13-15. It will be up to each student or group if they would like to sell their projects at the market.

The Pfarkel Sisters consist of Sharon Vreeman, of Fountain, Minn., Janell Kraut, of Spring Valley, Minn., and Dianne Perry of Elba, Minn. According to the Pfarkel Sisters, Junk (re)defined is “a business that re-purposes unwanted, discarded and neglected items and turns them into items with a new life and new uses.” They then sell the items as vendors at JunkMarket Style Events, and Junk Bonanza as well as other venues.

Sharon Vreeman states that she grew up recycling and salvaging products and adds “there’s never been a time when we haven’t done it.” She recalls one of her first major projects was a old family trunk she refinished, which she still has. Another meaningful project of Sharon’s is a quilt she made out of her handmade dresses from when she was young.

According to the Pfarkel Sisters, the purpose of the “Recycled/Salvaged Art Project” is “to encourage others and especially school age individuals to consider new ways of recycling and reusing items rather than sending them to the curb for the garbage man to pick up.”

There are different categories for the art projects including Fabric/Fiber, Glass, Metal, Paper/Cardboard, Plastic, Wood, and other mixed media. There are two age levels which are ages 10-13 years and ages 14-18 years. The projects have certain limitations such as the size which cannot be larger than three feet by four feet. The project may not be vulgar, sexual, or racial in nature.

School districts in the area were notified of the first annual art contest by the Pfarkel Sisters and Sharon Vreeman states that there are “students from several schools who are working on their projects.”

The Pfarkel Sisters will hold their 5th Annual Vintage Treasures Market on Friday, June 14, 2013 and Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 9am - 4pm with no gate fee on these two days. New this year is “Special Event Shopping” which will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 4 - 7pm. Tickets for Thursday night’s events require purchase of a ticket. Tickets will be $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Thursday nights event will feature live music by “Eric Heatherly” from Nashville, Tenn. and ‘Seeing Double’ from St. Charles, Minn. and will also include food and wine. Tickets for Thursday night are available at GetFresh Vintage in Lanesboro, Minn. or by calling (507) 250-1690.

An additional highlight of the Vintage Treasures Market will be Sue Whitney of JunkMarket Style who will present “25 ways to bring Vintage into your Home” which attendees will enjoy. Another new addition to the Vintage Market this year will be a special food market that will offer fresh produce, food, and beverages.

The Vintage Treasures Market will feature “items from jewelry to furniture and everything in between” according to the Pfarkel Sisters. There will be many vendors from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa among others at the Vintage Treasures Market giving visitors many one-of-a-kind items to appreciate and perhaps take home.

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