Originally Published: May 2, 2014 6:01 a.m.
Remnants of trash that have been turned into unique artistic creations will be showcased Saturday at One Man's Treasure, an art auction and social event featuring art that celebrates upcycled materials and Prescott's riparian treasures.
The challenge for the artists was to make art out of found objects, recycled materials and trash harvested from the Granite Creek Cleanup or fine art representing local natural resources.
Twenty-five local artists are participating in One Man's Treasure and have turned junk into "everything, from a huge birdbath to a small Lifesaver necklace," Lois Richardson, an event volunteer, said.
The birdbath, created by artist Rick Hartner, is a large steel piece, with a ceramic bowl for birds to bathe in. Artisan Chelsea Stone found a Lifesaver wrapper and put a ceramic glaze on it to create her necklace, Richardson said.
"It's amazing to see what these people are able to do," she said.
Paula Cooperrider, a woodworker who builds and designs one-of-a-kind sculpted furniture, rescued an old pitchfork and crafted a showpiece from it.
She embedded the relic in a native concrete base, and crafted a vine with brass and copper leaves climbing up a walnut wood stem. Voila: Cooperrider created "How Does Your Garden Grow?" for the show.
Cooperrider's artwork embodies the vision of One Man's Treasure and the mission of Prescott Creeks, which will benefit from the event.
The challenge was "to recycle items, finding something no longer useful and creating a new life for it," she said.
For this year's event, Prescott Creeks has joined with Prescott College, which supports the organization's mission of achieving healthy watersheds and clean waters in Central Arizona for the benefit of people and wildlife through protection, restoration, education and advocacy.
One Man's Treasure will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Prescott College Crossroads Center. Tickets are $40 and will be available at the door. The event will include a silent auction, a live auction of the artwork conducted by auctioneer Randy Oaks, music by harpist Ann Badger, gourmet appetizers and wine from Page Springs Cellars.
For more information about the artwork, the event and tickets, contact www.onemanstreasure.org or call 445-5669.