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posted: 7/12/2013 2:11 PM

McHenry Defenders sponsoring recycled art contest

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Submitted by Environmental Defenders of McHenry County

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will again be sponsoring a recycled art contest, designed to encourage practical and aesthetic use of used materials.

Participants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and have fun. 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 Wednesday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 4.

Create an original piece of decorative or functional art using re-purposed items or materials. All pieces must be made of reused or recycled products, meaning the materials must have been used before becoming part of the artwork. Tape and glue should be kept to a minimum. Paint 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-inch card containing this information: artist's name; contact phone and address; age, if artist is a student, otherwise the word "adult"; name of piece; and description of piece.

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

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

Artwork must be submitted by Friday, 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 Thursday, Aug. 8.

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

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the environment. The group provides community residents with educational programs and volunteer action on pollution prevention, sustainable land use and energy and natural resource conservation.

Donations are encouraged and are tax-deductible as charitable contributions.

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