16th year of "Art from Detritus"

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"Diva for St. George", 2010 Mixed Media Collage: Plant Detritus,Metal Scraps,Acrylic Paint Chips.Wallpaper Sample,Acrylic Paint And Mediums,Color Pencils And Markers. 16" X 12" X 2.75" © Kathleen King
16th year of "Art from Detritus"
Curated by: Vernita Nemec

548 West 28th St (6th Floor, Suite # 632)
10001 New York City
November 16th, 2010 - December 4th, 2010
Opening: November 20th, 2010 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

(212) 414-4040
Tue-Sat 12-6
cast offs and assorted detritus mixed-media digital graffiti/street-art, found trash installation conceptual, pop, landscape, surrealism, figurative, modern, traditional, sculpture
free admission



530 West 25th Street  NY, NY 10001 Tel/Fax:212.414.4040

(take E or C train to 23rd St, walk 2 blocks north to 25th betw 10th-11th avs.)

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16th year of "Art from Detritus: Recycling with Imagination"

November 16- December 4, 2010

Opening reception Saturday November 20, 4-7PM

Curated by Vernita Nemec

Carolien Adriaansche * Jonathan Bauch * Marcia Bernstein * Annaliese Bischoff *Richard Brachman *

Carol Brookes * Irene Christinsen * Ursula Clark * May DeViney * Eleanor Elkin * Matthew Farnsworth *

Bernice Faegenburg * Monique Given * Gordon Graff * Travis Graves * Susan Happersett* Julia Healy *

Kay Hendrick * Ed Herman * Mary Frances Judge * Kathleen King * Henry Klimowicz * Susie Kos * Bernice Kramer * Lynn Kroll * Madeleine Lord * Chippa Martin * Lynne Mayocole * Meryl Meisler * Barbara Minsky *

Kazuko Miyamoto * Lisa Moren * Rebecca Muller * Zuzana Muranicova * Susan Newmark * Margot Niederland * Garry Noland * Corrine Odermatt * Laura Osterweis * Kasia Ozga * Damon Papakiriakou * Anne Patsch * Carol Quint

Elizabeth Rhoads Read * Librado Romero * Leonard Rosenfeld * Barbara K Schwartz * Ben Sloat *

Katherine E Smith * Helaine Soller * Stephen Soreff * Renata Stein * Jennifer Stern * Victor Struck * Angela Valeria

Courtney Lee Weida * Mary Wells * Peter Wilcox * Stella White * Bullet Shih * Larry Zdeb * Philip Zuckman &


Chelsea: Viridian Artists is pleased to present "Art from Detritus: Recycling with Imagination". Curated by Vernita Nemec, the exhibition opens November 16 and extends through December 4, 2010 with the art of more than 50 artists. There will be an artist’s reception Saturday November 20, 4-7PM.

2010 marks the 16th Anniversary of "Art from Detritus: Recycling with Imagination" an exhibit filled with the most impressive, innovative and inspiring art made from trash. Unlike many exhibitions about recycling, the art in this exhibit is actually made from fragments of discarded and found materials that have been creatively transformed. Not only do these artists recycle, but they are also upcycling (a process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value) by using trash as their medium of choice for their art making.

The "Art from Detritus” curator Vernita Nemec, who is also the Director of Viridian Artists, an artist herself and the founder of the Art from Detritus movement says, "This show instills in viewer's minds the value of recycled materials and presents ways to use trash creatively. Making art with what would have otherwise become trash is the ultimate level of upcycling and reuse, for people rarely throw away ART. And transforming trash into art, makes the valueless priceless.”

The Detritus (another word for leftovers) show was initially inspired in 1993 when N’Cognita attended her first National Recycling Coalition Conference in Nashville. Since, she has curated ‘Detritus’ exhibits in Portland, Oregon; Kansas City, Missouri; Phoenix, Arizona; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and New York City featuring the art of hundreds of artists, receiving funding and sponsorship from the Kauffman Foundation, Westinghouse, AIA, National Recycling Coalition (NRC), the Synagogue for the Arts in NYC, the Puffin Foundation and others. Catalogs from past exhibits provide a rich documentation of artists' statements and images, documenting recycling as an integral part of their creative oeuvre.

Since the beginning of time, artists have been creating art from the "detritus of life" because of the inherent beauty and accessibility of old and discarded artifacts, their spiritual significance or simply because trash was all they had available.  Contemporary artists too are attracted to trash as an art medium-- for political, financial or purely aesthetic reasons. By rejecting traditional artists' materials & using society's wastes to create their art, not only do they give new meaning & value to the trash they have transformed, but they are also helping to save the environment and our planet.

Clifford Case, Founder of the National Recycling Coalition in D.C., in reference to past Detritus Exhibitions says, "The power of art is that it changes our perceptions of reality, making us see things with new eyes …because we as recyclers need this transforming power of art." Dr. Jan Beyea, former Chief Scientist at the National Audubon Society in NYC and deeply involved with recycling says, "This exhibition is an important merging of artists and environmentalists, stimulating new ways to communicate the message of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."

Many artists from all over the U.S. as well as many local artists submitted their art to this juried and invitational exhibition. For further information and images, please contact the gallery at 212 414 4040 or Schools and other community organizations are invited to schedule group visits. "Art from Detritus" exhibits are available for travel to other cities. Catalogs and artwork are for sale and images of past shows can be viewed at

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