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This New Year’s Eve, party with a Repurpose

Artists under 30 show off recycled creations at masquerade ball
By: Leah Rosasco, Auburn Journal Correspondent
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A Repurpose New Year Modern Masquerade
What: A 21+ New Year’s Eve event
When: 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31
Where: The Arts Building and Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn                  
Cost: $ 20 advance, $25 at the door and includes painted mask and champagne toast
Info: (530) 885-5670, www.placerarts.org.

Drywall tape, old doors, rolled steel and masonry wire will take center stage at a local art gallery this New Year’s Eve.
The Arts Building Gallery will ring in the New Year with a celebration that doubles as a New Year’s Eve party and a closing reception for Repurpose, a collection of items made from recycled and reused materials. The exhibit has been on display at The Arts Building since mid-November and features items created by eight artists under the age of 30.  Elora Milby, Program Specialist at the Arts Building and one of the artists whose work is featured in the show, said guests can expect to find music, dancing, food, drinks and art at the New Year’s Eve festivities.
“Because it is a masquerade the ticket is actually a mask made by the show’s artists,” Milby said.
Angela Tahti, Executive Director of PlacerArts, said the Repurpose exhibit is the second show the gallery has hosted for artists under 30. Tahti said the artists featured in the show came up with the parameters of the show and put out the call for the artists whose work was ultimately included in the exhibit.
“The work in this exhibit is very strong,” Tahti said of Repurpose. “They really adhered very purposefully to the theme and the pieces are beautiful and functional.”
Although The Arts Building has been in its current location since 1997, the community arts organization will celebrate its 30-year anniversary in 2013, and Tahti said shows like Repurpose that feature younger artists, will help ensure the organization’s future relevance.
“We wanted to include the somewhat younger generation in order to think about the next 30 years,” Tahti said.  
The current show features mixed- and multi-media works that incorporate technology in a way that was not typically utilized in art in the past. Tahti said the show’s organizers also took advantage of social media to let the public know about the show.
“We wanted a new breath of creativity, not the same thing again and again and this is definitely new,” she said.
The New Year’s Eve party will take place amid a back drop of artwork that includes a collage made from recycled newspapers, a chandelier made from steel rods and wire, and mixed-media pieces mounted on refinished doors. Milby said the goal of the Repurpose artists is to make everyone feel welcome at the New Year’s Eve party. The artists plan to bring in art work especially for that night, including a chandelier and a mirror installation, and will set up a community chalk board where people can share thoughts or create art.
“We just hope to have a crowd that appreciates art or is at least curious about it,” Milby said.
Rachelle Lerude, who has several items featured in the exhibit, including a lamp made of thousands of plastic zip ties, said she looks for materials that people don’t usually find beauty in and tries to turn them into something beautiful.
“I like a lot of repetition and lines and I feel inspired by making something beautiful out of something that is not beautiful by itself,” Lerude said.
For Lerude the most exciting aspect of the New Year’s Eve event is giving people the opportunity to get out and have some fun in a beautiful setting.
“This is a great chance for people to get dressed up and wear something they don’t usually get to wear,” Lerude said. “I hope people will really cut loose and have some fun.”