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Home ReSource invites locals to make junk beautiful

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What: Second annual Creative Community Art Project, art event and open house for Home ReSource

salvage yard

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Home ReSource at the Milner Landfill, 20650 Routt County Road 205

Cost: Free

Call: 879-6985

More: Stacy Weinberg, salvage yard manager at Home ReSource, will be on the “Steamboat Today” morning show on Steamboat TV18 today. Tune in to Channel 18 around 8:20 a.m. to see her interview, and check http://www.steam boatpilot.com later in the day to watch the segment online. Learn more about Home ReSource at http://www.salvageit.org. The salvage yard is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

— By about noon Wednesday, Paul Potyen was running out of time.

His entry into the Home ReSource salvage yard’s second annual Creative Community Art Project is due by 10 a.m. Saturday. Made of tuned bicycle spokes, some thick rubber straps, a small battery and some heavy-duty tubing, a finished version of the sculpture would have several moving parts and would use bouncing rubber balls to produce musical notes indefinitely.

It’s a hefty project, one Potyen’s long-latent background in mechanical engineering has imagined for about 15 years.

“I’ve probably put in a couple hundred hours on it, and I’m not sure I’m going to have it done in time,” Potyen said.

The sculpture meshes his love for art projects – in addition to pieces of the Creative Community sculpture, Potyen’s driveway boasts a colorful tarantula made from old satellite dish parts – with his profession as a piano player and music teacher.

Potyen is one of six local artists or community groups scheduled to participate in Creative Community. The project began in 2008 and was based on a similar contest at a salvage yard in San Francisco, said Stacy Weinberg, salvage yard manager for Home ReSource.

An opening reception for the 2009 Creative Community art pieces is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Home ReSource, which is at the Milner Landfill off U.S. Highway 40 west of Steamboat Springs.

Making recycled art

Home ReSource aims to divert reusable materials from the Milner Landfill, and sells those materials – including doors, appliances, lumber, scrap metal and bicycles – at reduced prices, Weinberg said.

“We have so many useable items out here that just need a little creative touch to them to see that they don’t have to be used for their original purpose, they can be used in creative ways,” Weinberg said.

Creative Community participants also include Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym; Wheels bike shop owner Chris Johns; local metal sculptor Brad Poissant; art team Laura Loo and Zack Murray; and Yampa Valley Recycles, project co-coordinator Genah Burditt wrote in an e-mail.

Home ReSource donated materials for Creative Community projects to participating artists, who then promise their finished projects to the salvage yard.

“We’re trying to just beautify our landscape out here,” Weinberg said. “Our goal in the end is to create a sculpture garden that would be kind of an entrance into the salvage yard.”

Saturday’s reception includes free hot dogs and drinks, art activities for children and people’s choice judging. The artist with the most popular piece gets a $1,000 credit to Home ReSource.

Johnny Walker, a retired shop teacher and continuing educator, won second place at the inaugural event in fall 2008.

“Last year, I placed second, and I won a $750 credit at Home ReSource – which, for a junk collector, that’s kind of like a gold mine,” Walker said.

Walker still is using his credit to the salvage yard, and wasn’t sure as of Wednesday morning whether he would submit a new sculpture for this year’s contest. He borrowed his 2008 piece, “Flower,” from Home ReSource for revamping and might return it for Saturday’s event, he said.

Creative Community appeals to Walker because it gives him a chance to take common objects and turn them into something new, he said.

“The real beauty of this is creating something from junk that formerly was something else, and it’s creating a whole new object,” Walker said. “We call it art, but it’s just fun.”

The fall 2008 event was a way for Home ReSource to dedicate its new 3,000-square-foot building. Creative Community also acted as a memorial for Doug Bell, a former landfill general manager who died in an accident there in October 2007, Weinberg said.

This year’s event continues that memorial and also is dedicated to Wayne Kakela, Weinberg said. The longtime Strawberry Park resident won the 2008 contest with a metal sculpture called “White Flight.” He died in January at age 73.