PAST AND PRESENT PROJECTS
3D Mural Projects
In 2015, Art of Recycle's Art Director, Chelas Montanye, painted murals in the Memory Care Center at Keystone Villa's Senior Center in the Ephrata Borough. Art of Recycle's Executive Director, Mr. Nobody Special, constructed the 3-D parts of the tactile mural. The 3-D Mural is a tactile mural to help as a memory aid for seniors suffering from memory loss.
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The Wishing Tree Project
In 2010, Art of Recycle's artists Mr. Nobody Special and Chelas Montanye created the amazing Wishing Tree which was highlighted in several gallery showings in downtown Lancaster. Mr. Nobody Special constructed the wishing tree using recycled wood and covered it with bark from fallen trees. Chelas painted the tree and decorated it with artwork.
Using the aid of handcrafted puppet clones, the artist duo collected wishes for the wishing tree and began an art show which included the works of many local artists in downtown Lancaster. These artists brought the wishes to life with their handcrafted art. The objective was to show people that sometimes the things that they wished for wasn't necessarily what they needed or sometimes even wanted, by interpreting their wishes into unique and insightful art.
Mr. Nobody and Chelas continue to create fairy and gnome doors and homes using recycled wood and other materials. You can purchase their art in our thrifty craft store or online.
In our first art center, the craft castle was built by artists Mr. Nobody Special and Chelas Montanye inside of Art of Recycle. The craft castle has become one of the greatest highlights of our program. It was created using the scraps of recycled materials. When you visit Art of Recycle you don't just look at all of the pretty art, you interact with it and use it to inspire yourself to create your own.
THE MAGIC PUPPET THEATER
The magic Puppet Theater, like the Craft Castle, was built by artists Mr. Nobody Special and Chelas Montanye inside of the original Art of Recycle and it was also was built from the scraps of recycled materials. The puppet stage is used daily by families and children. Often people tell us that they travel from hours away just to visit our free crafting area and puppet stage.
INTERACTIVE ART PROGRAMS
Art of Recycle develops programs and projects designed to engage local neighborhood children. Our summer camps involve incredible ideas such as Giant Parade Puppets and Stop Motion Animation. Visit our website page to see what activities are available this month.