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News Release

Turn Your Trash into Treasure at Junk Art Workshop

Release Date: February 22, 2019

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618


Some every day trash can be turned into works of art. So before you toss out those plastic forks, plastic bottle caps, old CDs, and other non-recyclable trash, consider bringing them to an upcoming free Junk Art Workshop and using them to create unique art.

Sponsored by the Office of Cultural Affairs for the Town of Hilton Head Island and the Outside Foundation, this drop-in art workshop will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 19 at the Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane.

All ages and skill levels are invited, but adults must accompany and help their children. Junk and crafting supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to collect and bring their own clean, non-recyclable trash. Other examples of non-recyclable trash that can be used are DVDs, synthetic wine corks, straws, plastic utensils, ribbon and string, twist ties, chopsticks, fabric scraps, old board game pieces, fruit mesh bags and more.

The Office of Cultural Affairs is partnering with the Outside Foundation and its Broad Creek Clean Up Day on February 24 to collect and sort trash pulled from Broad Creek to supply this art endeavor.

During the workshop, participants can use their imaginations to freely create projects. Participants will also be encouraged to write a short, three-line prose to pair with their creations. Stella-lee Anderson, a professional artist, and Miho Kinnas, a poet, will help guide participants and provide ideas.

"We are hoping that this day of art in the park encourages people to think outside the box, problem solve and create a new consciousness regarding trash, as well as an awareness of the effects of garbage on the environment," said Jenn McEwen, Director of Cultural Affairs for the Town of Hilton Head Island.

For more information or to schedule Interviews with the artists, contact McEwen at 843-341-4703 or jennm@hiltonheadislandsc.gov.

About the Artists

Stella-lee Anderson is a professional artist with a passion to protect and preserve the world we live in. Stella has been an artist her whole life, working in different mediums ranging from pen and paper, painting, clay to sculpture made from trash and found objects. She has lived on Hilton Head Island for 11 years, moving here from the Pacific Northwest. Much of her inspiration comes spontaneously. Anderson loves lines and translating them on paper. Her technique is to, as much as possible, draw without looking at the paper. This allows her eyes and hand to communicate exactly what she sees. Creating a more authentic representation of what is seen.

Miho Kinnas writes and translates poetry. Her book of poems is Today Fish Only (Math Paper Press). Her most recent publications include Matchbook Vol. 4 (2017) (Small Fire Press), Good Juju Anthology (2018) (The Unspoken Words), and Asian Literary Journal 10th Anniversary Anthology (2018) (Asian Literary Journal). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from City University of Hong Kong and gives poetry workshops focused on haiku. Born and raised in Japan, she now lives in Hilton Head Island, SC.