Artists Transform Trash Into Unique Works

A candlestick becomes a teapot spout. Pieces of dried okra transform into decoration for a mask. ... Recycle artists think about materials in a different way – and the Arts Council is inviting you on their whimsical journeys.

The exhibition Transformation: Artful Recycling features North Carolina artists who have a knack for repurposing objects to create fine art. The show opens during 4th Friday on July 25, from 7 to 9 p.m., and continues through Aug. 16.
Susan Parrish of Raleigh, who refers to her work as "funky, junky art," spent more than 30 years shaping clay. In an overnight epiphany, a new style of art, and a passion to tackle environmental issues by incorporating recycled materials, was born.

Artist Charles Tipton of Fayetteville sees potential in old VHS tapes. He is using hundreds of them, donated by the Salvation Army, to create a unique installation for the exhibition.

Methodist University art professor Peggy Hinson uses mixed-media shadow box constructions with a "Noah’s Ark" theme to bring attention to endangered and threatened animal species, combining them with unrelated environmental circumstances.

Carolina Crawford of Durham also gains inspiration from the environment. A shell from the ocean is ideally shaped for the ears on her delicate masks.  Learn more about the artists and see their work during Transformation: Artful Recycling.

Learn more about these artists and their work during the exhibition.  This exhibition will be open for free at the Arts Council and continues through August 16.  (See gallery hours below)

The exhibition is sponsored by Pratt Industries, Waste Management and Wastequip on behalf of the City of Fayetteville’s Environmental Services Department.


Arts Council galleries are located at 301 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC. Admission is free.

Gallery Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday: noon to 4 p.m.



Upcoming exhibits:


Coming soon....our 2014-2015 Exhibit Schedule.


The Arts Council’s galleries at 301 Hay Street are free and open to the public six days a week.

The Arts Council's 2014-15 exhibitions are curated by The Ellington-White Community Development Corporation.

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