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Talking Trash: Local Artist Brings Community Together During Holiday Season to Make Art out of Trash

Post Date:11/27/2017 3:19 PM

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Arlene Vidor, AHNA Public Relations

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Talking Trash: Local Artist Brings Community Together During Holiday Season to Make Art out of Trash

Cathy Hrenda, resident of Adams Hill, composes artworks from found objects and trash.  Since 2015 she has designed and installed a holiday-inspired work in the landmark Richfield Gas Station in the Adams Square Mini-Park with help from the surrounding community.  These community projects have been carried out in coordination with the City of Glendale Community Parks and Services Department. 

This year the installation, on view through January 13, 2018, is comprised almost entirely of trash. Many of the constituent parts were roadside trash gathered on walks Hrenda took in and around Glendale.  The artwork will be installed on November 25 by Hrenda with assistance from her husband Stephen Meek.  The piece, entitled “We’re All In The Same Boat” consists of a 6 foot sea serpent covered in bottle caps and other plastic throw-aways. He is accompanied by a man sitting in a rowboat towing a patio umbrella frame decorated with recycled cardboard and plastic bottle ornaments.  Students from John Muir Elementary School painted cardboard fish that swim around the boat and ornaments were completed by members of the community in the Adams Square Mini Park.  Photos (credit: Arlene Vidor)  at https://www.flickr.com/photos/arlenevidor/albums/72157689195970644

Say’s Hrenda: “The title of the piece 'We’re all in the same boat', is meant to emphasize that despite any differences in language, culture, beliefs, or even personal opinions, we are all members of the same community and by doing this together we create a better place for ourselves.  Making art from trash is not a new concept but we are all involved in creating trash on a daily basis and it must be disposed of properly or re-purposed in some way.” 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR EDITORS: 

In 2015, the “Our Starry Night” holiday season installation was mounted in Adams Square mini park and assembled with the assistance of John Muir Elementary students and the local Adams Hill community. Photos (credit: Arlene Vidor) for use: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arlenevidor/albums/72157661330806580

In 2016, the “Peace on Earth” holiday season installation was mounted in Adams Square mini park and assembled with the assistance of John Muir Elementary students and the local Adams Hill community. Photos (credit: Arlene Vidor) https://www.flickr.com/photos/arlenevidor/albums/72157689860451715

 

The Adams Square Mini Park was opened in 2007 by the City of Glendale in an effort to create a green space in the center of the business district for the densely populated neighborhood and to incorporate the historic 1936 Streamline Moderne Gas Station.  The gas station was formally designated as a Glendale Historic Resource in 2016.    The gas station has also been utilized thus far for eight exhibitions sponsored by the Arts & Culture Commission with money from the Urban Art Fund.   

 

Cathy Hrenda is a graphic designer and community activist in Adams Hill.  She can be reached at smeek3@charter.net.  Stephen Meek is an Assistant Film Editor.  

 

Adams Hill Neighborhood:

 

The Adams Hill Neighborhood Association is a volunteer non-profit organization serving the residents and merchants of the Adams Hill neighborhood in Glendale.   Further information is available at www.adamshill.org

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