ArtsJunktion celebrates 10th birthday during First Fridays

Hordes of happy crafters showed up and made potato stamped greeting cards. /PHOTO: Anne Hawe

Congratulations to ArtsJunktion! They celebrated their 10th birthday this past weekend during First Fridays.

Legions of happy crafters ate cupcakes while potato printing greeting cards at the depot.

Everyone loves cupcakes, which were a big draw at the party. /PHOTO: Anne Hawe

@sarawrayenns also known as DJ Golden Girl, graduate of Mama Cutsworth’s academy, spun some tunes from her improvised DJ booth as everyone was carving potatos and stamping away.

DJ Golden Girl @sarahwrayenns brought the tunes to 10th anniversary party. /PHOTO: Anne Hawe

“We’re celebrating a decade of creative re-use which is a really good thing” said manager Julie Kettle.

It’s been a whole decade of accepting donations of paint, books, fabric scraps, magazines, bits of plastic, bric a brac …They process many, many tons of material each week that would otherwise go to the landfill.

A lot of love was expressed at ArtsJunktion’s 10th birthday party. /PHOTO: Anne Hawe

Teachers, artists, crafters and community members have all benefited from their pay-what-you-can art supplies over the last 10 years.

Yes, you can find canvasses, brushes and paint here but you also find a lot of recycled material that may be exactly what you need for your new art project.

Megan and Chanelle, employees of ArtsJunktion, were in a celebratory mood.

If you’ve never been to ArtsJunktion, they’re located at 312-B William Ave. (East side, Loading Dock entrance). It’s just behind the Police Credit Union building.

Check out their hashtag #madeatArtsjunktion on Instagram and Twitter to see pics of the great art and crafts people have made with recycled materials they’ve found at the busy depot.

ArtsJunktion hosts ongoing Art Hives on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on First Fridays, using some of the donated materials.

As well, the organization has started a fundraiser to raise the money to allow them to continue to put on these free community events. You can find their fundraising appeal at www.youcaring.com/artsjunktion-888401

Find more info on their website at artsjunktion.mb.ca and on their Facebook page at ArtsJunktion mb. You can also check out a recent CNC story on this innovative agency, Crafts, creativity and community at ArtsJunktion

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