It’s easy being green

Spring is here, Earth Day is coming up April 21-22, and artists at the Mission district’s City Art Cooperative Gallery are going green this month with an environmentally themed show, including art created from recycled paper, silver scraps and even crocheted plastic bags.

Some 20 local artists will be featured at the “Green Show.” Opening Wednesday and running through April 26, the show includes paintings using beeswax, sculptures created from nuts and bolts reclaimed from construction sites and dolls crafted with fabric scraps.

A vivid example of the exhibit’s theme is Lilia Scott’s photo of the artfully arranged, jade-green Chinese broccoli she came across at the vegetable stand of a Hong Kong street vendor.

Scott, a 37-year-old Mission district artist whose etchings of Floridian tree frogs will also be displayed, says much of her work is “definitely inspired by the growing momentum behind the environmental movement.”

Wood scraps found at construction sites became canvases for San Francisco artist dk haas’ encaustic or “hot wax” paintings, using heated beeswax mixed with colored pigments. For her collages, she used sewing patterns from the 1960s that she found on the street.

Hilary Williams, a 27-year-old San Francisco resident, is the show’s curator. She will display whimsical dolls she crafted from fabrics she found at Scroungers’ Center for Reusable Art Parts (SCRAP), a San Francisco workshop that distributes reusable textiles, jewelry and other donated materials.

“I’ve been visiting places like SCRAP for many years and love the idea of recycling into creativity,” she says.

Perhaps the most unusual materials in the show are the plastic supermarket bags that Marina Renault used to crochet her sculptures, which kind of resemble small, fairy-like toadstools. She also uses glass, marbles, silver scraps, washers, and nuts and bolts reclaimed from homes to create jewelry.

With Earth Day coming in a few weeks, curator Williams figured that a show inspired by ecological concerns would be an ideal complement.

“There were a lot of people concerned with ‘green art,’ and it’s been at the forefront of the news and in our culture lately,” she said. “So we felt doing a show would be popular for our artists and the public and also give artists a chance to make a creative statement about it.”

IF YOU GO

Green Show

Where: City Art Cooperative Gallery, 828 Valencia St., S.F.</p>

When: Noon to 9 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays; closes April 26

Admission: Free

Contact: (415) 970-9900 or www.cityartgallery.org

Opening reception: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday

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