Show exhibits dresses from recycled materials

ALBANY — Upcycled Dresses, an exhibit of 28 wearable dresses created from recycled material, is on display at the Albany Area Arts Council through Dec. 5.

The dresses are part of a regional traveling exhibition that originated in Thomasville at the community’s FLAUNT 2012 in partnership with Keep Thomas County Beautiful and Downtown Thomasville Mainstreet. The event showcased art that incorporated recycled or upcycled products.

The artists juried in to exhibit were paired up with a local sponsor to create a wearable dress from the sponsor’s recycled materials. The diversity of corporate sponsors made for a wide range of dress materials from recycled auto parts to currency to paint strips that stretched the artists’ creativity and ingenuity.

Among those participating was Albany’s Josh Rosen, who created a dress that his wife modeled on the “green carpet” for the FLAUNT Recycle Runway show on the Sept. 7 opening night. Rosen’s creation, which earned him second place, was created by using leather welding gloves and sheet metal supplied by his sponsor, Hurst Broiler Co. His dress is one of the 28 on exhibit at the Arts Council, 215 N. Jackson St.

The Arts Council is located in the historic Carnegie Library and is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.Contact (229) 439-2787 or visit albanyartscouncil.org.