By Joey Perry
Beginning Saturday, Nov. 10, and continuing throughout the month, The Bountiful Alliance (TBA) is hosting a fun and informative “Trash Bash” at Grapes Gallery, 407 Main St., in recognition of New Mexico Recycling Awareness Month. The event will explore creative alternatives to our disposable habits through film, discussion, workshops, activities, food, music and art. Festivities begin at 11 a.m., with the award-winning documentary,“Bag It.” This thought-provoking film examines how plastic bags, and plastics in general, affect our environment and even our own bodies, and challenges viewers to ponder their own lives and consider the impact of their choices. A guided discussion, including simple steps to reduce, reuse and recycle will follow the film. Suggested donation is $5.
Artisans who see trash as a resource rather than something for the landfill have produced functional and fanciful “recycled works” for Trash Bash. TBA will auction some of these works Saturday evening; others will be on display at Grapes Gallery throughout November. Additionally, photographers have captured innovative ways locals have transformed discards into both whimsical and practical items for the home or work environment. After viewing the photography show, challenge yourself to locate the outdoor sites reflected in the pictures, and be inspired by their creativity. These recycled works and photographs make unique gifts, and will serve as a gentle reminder to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Be inspired and educate yourself at our free Saturday afternoon workshops and hands-on activities, including recycling, “baby-wearing,” metalworking and worm composting. Pick up our walking tour map at Grapes, and visit downtown stores and galleries that feature used and recycled items. Festivities continue at Grapes with a light posole dinner starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by a “Trashion” show/contest (fashions created from trash). Bill Bussmann & the Hassle Family will provide musical entertainment on “recycled string quartet instruments” Saturday afternoon and evening, supplemented by Josh Frankel playing “Glassical” music. Suggested donation for evening activities is $5.
The Trash Bash Show and Sale of Recycled Works and a digital loop of the Photography Show will remain at Grapes through the end of November. Stop by Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays, Nov. 15-17, 22-24 and 29-30, 12-5 p.m., at Grapes Gallery, 407 Main St.
TBA encourages your support of our generous event underwriters, Grapes Gallery, El Cortez Theatre, Bullocks, Integrative Intentions, and OM of NM.