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DiscARTed a creative way to recycle – Deadline to enter is this Friday

discarted2013aDiscARTed, the popular fundraising art show and sale of creations from discarded books is happening again this year from Saturday, October 19 to the 26.

Launched last year in celebration of Ontario Public library week, the show featured a wonderful collection of works that delighted and even surprised visitors in its breadth of talent and originality.
There were imaginative collages, sculptures including an over five foot high tepee created entirely of books, cakes made from books, a life size gown, delicately crafted figures, jewellery, and many other inspired creations.
Artists and members of the public interested in taking part in this year’s show are invited to read the guidelines and fill out an entry form available at any branch of the library or by e-mail to: including your name, phone number and piece(s) to be submitted. The deadline for applications to participate is October 4 but pieces are not due until the 17th. Guidelines are available online on the library blog at:
Once you’ve registered to take part, you can collect free books that have been marked for recycling from the Picton branch of the library to create your artwork.
Fifty percent of the price of pieces sold will be shared between the library and The Prince Edward County Authors Festival with the other 50% retained by the artist.
“This was such a unique and successful show last year,” says library CEO Barbara Sweet, “and we are very much looking forward to seeing what will be created this year.“ Last year’s event raised $741 for both the library and PECAF.
This year, to allow more people to take part, there is a limit of two pieces per artist.
“We are also extremely pleased to have artist Michael Amar mounting this year’s exhibit,” says Sweet.
Finished pieces must be dropped off upstairs at Books and Company during store hours on October 17th.
Opening night is Saturday October 19 at 7 p.m. and everyone is invited. The show continues for one week, until October 26.
While the exhibit is not juried, there is a People’s Choice Award and the winner will be announced on October 25.
Enter at any branch of the library or send me your name and info by e-mail:


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