Wilbur the Wildlife Day Owl Bethel Middle - RYAO 2018

ART FROM RECYCLED TRASH – Pictured is ‘Wilbur the Wildlife Day Owl,’ created last year by Bethel Middle School for the CCC Recycle Your Art Out student exhibit.

The Haywood County student art talent exhibit, “Recycle Your Art Out,” will open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in the lobby of the Clyde Town Hall. “Recycle Your Art Out” is sponsored by the Commission for a Clean County (CCC), the county’s land-based environmental stewardship board.

The exhibit features life-size sculptures made by Haywood County students from recycled trash. The theme this year is: Environmentally Beneficial Insects.

The six schools participating — Tuscola and Pisgah High Schools, Bethel, Canton and Waynesville Middle Schools and Shining Rock Classical Academy — will have their work partially judged by how close they stick to the theme.

Dr. Bill Nolte, Superintendent of Schools, will present the award plaques to each school’s art class. And something new and exciting is offered this year — a “first prize” of $500 will be awarded to one of the art classes. The winning class will be chosen by three judges who will view all exhibits a few days before the public opening.

Jason Burrell, Canton Town Manager, along with Nick Scheuer, assistant town manager is coordinating the event. Both are board members of the CCC.

The art classes are taught by: Caroline Ottinger of Bethel Middle; Kara Faust of Canton Middle; Tara O’Laughlin of Waynesville Middle; Dustin Keyes of Pisgah High; Stephanie Kea of Tuscola High and Kirby Phillips of Shining Rock Academy.

It’s fun knowing the names of the sculptures. Bethel is presenting “Persistent Pollinators”; Canton will present “A Garden of Environmental Interaction”; Waynesville Middle will be: “Summer Nights”; Pisgah High has: “Insects, Not Insecticides”; Tuscola presents: “Flying Lixo”; and Shining Rock Academy will show: “Buggie Buddies.”

The students were asked to observe the following procedures when building their masterpieces:

Sculptures must be large enough to be easily viewed. Lifesize is desirable. Sculptures must be able to fit into a pick-up truck for transportation.

Most of the building material must come from the environment, if at all possible from litter students pick up. If not possible, recycled materials from home or school will do.

Although most of the sculptures must be of recyclable material, other necessary materials, such as wire frames, are acceptable. Sculptures may be free-standing or wall-mounted.

This is a wonderful display of student talent, with a $500 first prize being especially worth competing for.

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