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Defenders sponsor 'Trash Transformed' recycled art contest

WOODSTOCK – The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will sponsor a recycled art contest, designed to encourage practical and aesthetic use of used materials.

Participants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and create a functional or purely artistic item from materials that have been used before.

Finalists will be displayed at the Defenders booth at the McHenry County Fair, July 31 through Aug. 4.

All pieces must be made of reused and/or recycled products, meaning that the materials must have been used before becoming part of the artwork. Tape and glue should be kept to a minimum. Paint and/or surface decoration is encouraged.

The two age categories are for students and for adults 18 and older.

Each piece must be accompanied by a 3-by-5 card containing the artist’s name; a contact telephone and address; the age if artist is a student, otherwise the word “adult”; the name of piece; and a description of piece.

Judging will be based on the use of reclaimed/ recycled items with respect to aesthetics, creativity and utility.

Small prizes and/or certificates will be awarded, and winners will be featured on the Defenders’ website and in the quarterly newsletter.

Artwork must be submitted by July 26 to the Environmental Defenders office, 110 S. Johnson St., Suite 106, Woodstock.

After the fair, artists must pick up their artwork from the Defenders office by Aug. 8.

Winning pieces will be designated with ribbons and winners notified by the start of the fair.

For information, visit or call 815-338-0393.

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