Recycled Art Contest

With a little inspiration and creativity, that tin can you just tossed into the trash can become a unique piece of art. As well as helping to save the environment, recycled art is individual expression created with discarded materials. It’s an opportunity to reuse, repurpose and reinvent. There are no limits.

The WP Public Museum partnering with the Ely City Council are having their 3rd Annual Recycled Art Contest. We are inviting everyone, of all ages, to use their imagination and think outside the box. Better yet, take that box and cut it, carve it, twist it, tape it, glue it, until it blooms into a flower or butterfly. There is no fee to participate and entries can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the museum. Judging of entries will be Earth Day, April 22nd.  Monetary prizes will be awarded.

This year, a unique twist is being added. On April 13th and 27th at 6:00 p.m. Ely State Prison Warden Filson will be speaking about inmate’s illegal contraband created out of everyday items. Pieces such as shanks, fake heads and ropes will be on display. It’s their version of recycling. Costs to attend the lectures are $5 at the door and free to museum members.

The museum has many events planned for the next several months. On May 11th there will be a lecture about “Coins, Stamps and Bank Notes” to be followed May 12th with a knapping demonstration. Several new displays are available for viewing, one of which has unique Asian artifacts, including opium pipes, clawed-military armor and spear points dating back to 300-400BC.

For more information or to become a volunteer or member, contact the museum at 775-289-4710.