Creston Museum hosting Found Art Challenge

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Ann Deatherage's 'Insect Goddess' was created during the Creston Museum's 2012 Found Art Challenge.

Once again, the Creston Museum is hosting a Found Art Challenge!

“This is our way of clearing out some junk from the storage areas — broken, rusty, many-duplicated and/or unidentifiable artifacts — and your opportunity to exercise your creativity and turn them into a unique piece of garden art,” said manager Tammy Hardwick.

Individuals or teams of any size are welcome to participate, and must register by 5 p.m. July 14, giving museum staff an idea of how much space to set aside.

The outdoor event will proceed rain or shine on July 18, with boxes of six to 10 items available for previewing on July 17, then being handed out by random draw the next day.

All of the objects in the box — as well as others from a garb pile of leftover objects — must be used to create a piece of garden art. Artists can use any supplies they wish in the project, and pieces may be painted, welded or cut up.

And it all takes place in eight hours. The museum will provide snacks and drinks.

Artists may keep or sell their work, or leave it at the museum.

“Other than the satisfaction of exercising your creativity and having a lot of fun and building something very cool, we are offering the opportunity to have your creation on display at the Creston Museum,” said Hardwick. “We have a big empty space in a flowerbed, where we took a large tree out, and we invite you to fill it with your creation.”

For more information, call 250-428-9262 or email


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