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Mark your calendars for November 13-15, 2020!

Thank you for helping to make the 2019 show a success!!

The 21st annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival took place November 15-17, 2019 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (201 W. Marcy Street). The event included over 100 artists in the Art Market, over 30 artists in the adult juried art exhibit, 38 local classrooms participating in our student juried art exhibit, and amazing outfits in the Trash Fashion Show and tons of treasures created in our Make and Take art area!  ....AND with the help of the City of Santa Fe Environmental Services Department, Eldorado/285 recycles, Cowgirl Barbeque Catering and Reunity Resources we diverted 289 pounds of organics and 193 lbs of recycling!!

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The country’s largest and oldest recycled art market, Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival, is dedicated to showcasing art created from discarded materials.  This exciting weekend-long event kicks off with Friday night’s famous Trash Fashion and Costume Contest, then continues with an inspiring art market, adult and student juried art exhibits, and make and take art activities. Each year we bring in more than 100 artists from around New Mexico, but also stakes such as Colorado, New York, Arizona  and elsewhere that offered their original pieces for sale in the Art Market and display their work in the juried art exhibit.   Every year, this event attracts thousands of art lovers and the eco-conscious holiday gift-giver attracted by the art deals, family friendly art making activities, gallery-worthy exhibits and the perfect gifts.

All art consists of a minimum of 75% recycled materials – everything from vintage tin cans turned into beautiful earrings to scrap metal sculptures.  Artists successfully upcycle trash into treasure, combining recycling and innovation to show creative ways to save our resources, while making one of a kind art. The event demonstrates the resourcefulness of the artists and has grown into a powerful economic development tool for existing and emerging artists.

So much to take in!

If you are interested in finding more ways to purchase your one-of-a-kind recycled art, a list of the 2018 vendors is HERE and in case it helps to jog your memory a booth layout from the 2018 show is HERE.

Ever wonder what Recycle Santa Fe Artists are up to aside from being in our annual show?  Recycle Santa Fe Artist, Mitch Berg, recently launched a recycled art studio and school in Shipping Containers in Albuquerque's South Valley.  Read more HERE.

 Check out a few images from past events HERE

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Friday Highlights

  • The famous, wild and crazy Trash Fashion & Costume Contest. The most original fashion show in Santa Fe at 7:00 pm!
  • Trash Fashion & Costume Contest will include an American Sign Language Interpreter
  • Announcement of Juried Art Exhibit winners (adult & student) following the Trash Fashion Show.

Saturday & Sunday Highlights

Kids of all ages can enjoy the recycled art activities all day on Saturday and Sunday (make and take art) The ever popular Make and Take section is always a great activity for young and old to create a recycled work of art to take home and enjoy. There are lots of odds and ends materials that you can use to create your own unique work of art, including recycled tins, records, fabrics, wire, magazines, and so much more!

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Recycled Art Waste Exchange

Please click here if you have discarded items that you think a recycled-material artist would be interested in or if you are a recycled-material artist and you are looking for source materials for your art.  We'll work to connect donors and artists and to keep items out of the landfill.