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Galt Museum celebrates Earth Day by UPcycling

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Twelve local artists will present their ingenious creations at the Galt Museum & Archives new UPcycling Show & Sale from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Earth Day: Thursday, April 22.  The Galt is also participating in BYOC [Bring Your Own Cup] for free coffee at the Galt Museum Store all day, and will host a special Café Galt session beginning at 7 p.m.
"Our UPcycling Show and Sale brings local artists together who repurpose cast-off items into beautiful or functional objects," says Community Program Coordinator Leslie Hall.  "The artists work with items such as thrifted fabric and leather to make bags and pillows, broken appliances to make sculptures and wall art, and
salvaged wood from corrals and fences to make furniture."  
Local artists featured at the UPcycling Show & Sale are Kathleen Bretzloff, Marie Gomez, Joanne from Edit Shoppe, Marlene Lacey, Ashley Markus, Jessica Orr and Dee Smith, Allen Pocha, Lindsey Grey Shimesawa, Sharon Simmers, Lynn Stevens and Laura Youngren.
In addition, Galt staff member Bobbie Fox has researched the history of waste and curated a display of historic recycled artifacts along with information on the changing way our culture has defined waste.
"Our habit of non-thoughtful consumption is certainly not the way my parents and grandparents were raised," says Hall. "In their generations, people regularly repurposed items that I consider disposable. In the 1920s, rag collectors paid people cash for their cast-off rags which were then turned into long-lasting paper. I, in contrast, pay a company to cope with recycling my cast-off everyday objects."
The evening Café Galt presentation brings professors from Lethbridge College together to host a conversation linking past, present, and future on xeriscaping, irrigation and water conservation and the "living home."
The UPcycling Show & Sale is free all day, and people who take the bus or ride their bikes will also receive free admission to the Discovery Hall and Café Galt.  The day also includes free food sponsored by The Guesthouse - a certified local "green" restaurant, and draws for locally available eco-friendly products.  For details visit or call 403.320-3954, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

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