Courtesy of Feat of Clay Gallery  Candlestick holders made by Fiona Clarke and Janet Grenawalt will be displayed at Feat of Clay during the Recycle Art
Courtesy of Feat of Clay Gallery Candlestick holders made by Fiona Clarke and Janet Grenawalt will be displayed at Feat of Clay during the Recycle Art Show.

FARMINGTON — Every year in celebration of Earth Day, Four Corners artists create art using recycled materials as a way of showing that one man's trash can really be another person's treasure.

The seventh annual Recycle Art Show starts with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. April 25 at Feat of Clay Gallery in Aztec.

One of the many artists showing her work is Beth McClure, who has been doing recycled art for years.

"I used to just call it mixed-media," she said.

However, recently, there have been genres of mixed media emerging using recycled materials. These genres include recycled, repurposed, upcycled and found objects.

She is displaying two pieces of art made using a globe. One of the pieces is decorated using earth tones and another is green and blue.

Fiona Clarke, a ceramic artist, said one of the things she likes about the show is that it's open to everyone, not just members of Feat of Clay Gallery. Aztec High School students have returned this year to participate and Elisa Bird, from Aztec Recycle Center, will have hand-outs about sustainable living and recycling available at the reception.

For the show, Fiona Clarke and mosaic artist Janet Grenawalt worked together to make a series of candlestick holders.

For Clarke, making the holders was a way of expressing herself artistically after surgery.

Last July, Clarke had arm surgery and hasn't been able to work with clay since August. Clarke said it has been hard for her because pottery is such a huge part of her life.

Two years ago, she was looking at Pinterest and saw a picture of candlestick holders made out of recycled materials. She remembered that image and decided to try making some.

"Glue and imagination are all you need for this project," she said.

She went to ARC in Farmington to find tableware to use for the holders.

Then Grenawalt went to Clarke's house so Clarke could teach her some ceramics. Clarke showed Grenawalt the picture of the candlestick holders and Grenawalt decided she wanted to make them as well.

Courtesy of Feat of Clay Gallery  "Blue Globe" by Beth McClure
Courtesy of Feat of Clay Gallery "Blue Globe" by Beth McClure

For the last month, the two of them have been making the candlestick holders and Clarke said they plan on continuing.

"It's kind of addicting making them," she said.

In a press release, Grenawalt said the two of them spent hours gathering glass, metal and wood pieces from antique shops and thrift stores.

"Half the fun of making recycle art is finding all the stuff that you plan to repurpose for your new creation," Grenawalt said in the release.

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.