Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival will return November 12, 13 & 14, 2021!

2020 Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival Canceled

Launch of New Mexico's new creative reuse center

The 22nd annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival was scheduled for November 13-15.  This year's festival is canceled due to Coronavirus.  We will miss seeing you all and witnessing the spectacular recycled-material art from art market vendors, student and adult exhibitors and of course trash fashion creators!

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

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

Resourceful Santa Fe has its own physical space off of Siler Road.  We are optimistic that with our own space we can host socially-distanced (possibly outside) events over this winter as appropriate with Coronavirus.  The advantage is that with our own space and a smaller event, we have a bit more flexibility which makes it possible.  If you'd like to be notified of special events or pop up sales at Resourceful Santa Fe, please add your name to our email list HERE.

We plan to hold an in-person festival once again in the fall of 2021!  Save the date - November 12-14, 2021!  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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