This weekend the Columbia Art League
hosted their annual Art in the Park festival
at sunny Stephens Lake Park. Much of the art paid homage to nature; there were copper-wire trees, majestic mountain photos, and flower-shaped wine stops.
Several artists used recycled or natural materials. SD Meadows, based in Palestine, Ill., creates folk art from repurposed objects (pictured below), and Jan's Handwovens
, from Hermann, Mo., presented a collection of rugs made from recycled wool.
Inspired, I found other Missouri artists who incorporate sustainability into their work. Adam Long's sculptures
(pictured below) list fibrous mache as a top ingredient; Long makes this mache with 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper.
This sculpture (below) by Joseph Farmer uses found materials and scrap metal.
Seeing these creative Missourians' work lets me anticipate a world where big-box art supply stores are an anomaly. Since we're living amid piles of post-consumer waste, we may as well use it!
Do you know any eco-artisans in your state? Please reply with a photo or a link!