Mini-Recycled Art Events in the fall of 2020 with Social Distancing!

2020 Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival
Mini-Recycled Art Events with Social Distancing & northern New Mexico's new creative reuse center

The 22nd annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival was scheduled for November 13-15.  At this time we cannot imagine the state allowing a gathering of nearly 4,000 people over the weekend.  Nor would we feel comfortable putting so many people together and potentially putting people at risk.  Please see a recent article in the Santa Fe New Mexican, "New Mexico tourism chief: 'It could be a year or 18 months' before mass gatherings resume."

With much thought, discussion, crystal ball gazing and research we have decided to cancel the 2020 Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival scheduled for November 13-15, 2020.  We simply don't know if it will even be legal to hold the event and if it is allowable at 50% capacity, we can't imagine that would support artists' sales and the adult and youth recycled art exhibits.

While, this makes us incredibly sad we ARE however very excited about the new opportunities that this presents.

We are expanding the Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival nonprofit to open northern New Mexico's one-of-a-kind creative reuse center: RESOURCEFUL SANTA FE!  

What does this mean for our festival?  Don't worry, we still plan to have opportunities to see and buy the great recycled-material art from many of our artists during the fall of 2020 with proper social distancing and we plan to host our full Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival with our art market, exhibits, make and take art and trash fashion show starting again in 2021.

Resourceful Santa Fe will have its own physical space off of Siler Road.  We are optimistic that with our own space we can host some sort of socially-distanced (possibly outside) 2020 Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival this fall as a mini-version of our big show with recycled-material artists selling their art and recycled-art on display.  This may be the first Saturday of the month for October and November and December or it may be a one time weekend.  It all depends on what is safe and possible during the pandemic.  The advantage is that with our own space and a smaller event, we have a bit more flexibility which makes it possible.  Of course we will let everyone know the plans, ASAP!

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!

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!

Cynthia Cook
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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.

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