An abundance of color, a myriad of mediums and the country's leading artists will converge upon Frisco's Main Street this weekend for the 3rd Annual Downtown Green Art Festival. The fair showcases art created in an environmentally sound process. To participate, artists must have incorporated either recycled or repurposed objects in their work. Festival promoters are hoping the green artwork will serve to inspire and encourage environmentally friendly practices that not only benefit the community, but the entire ecosystem. Artist Cary Henrie is traveling from Utah for the show. He will showcase his newly developed technique of painting on "eco-resin," panels made from recycled plastics actually made to look like old barn wood. "I was inspired of the idea of doing something recycled," Henrie said. "The paintings look exactly like wood - there's not a single person who will think otherwise. It's really a trick of the eye." Jewelry designer Jerry Scavezze of Salida will showcase creations made 100 percent from recycled gold; reusing the material doesn't contribute to new mining. Photographer Dona Bollard frames all of her artwork - primarily equine photographed in their natural environment - in vintage windows and antique frames. Other artwork includes life-size sculptures, glass, wood, collage and ceramics. Prices range from $25 for hand-designed earrings to $20,000 for metal sculptures. "This show is quickly becoming as popular as our more established festival in August, locals and tourists return to our shows each season," festival promoter Howard Alan said. "This is an ideal setting for art enthusiasts to explore the work of new and emerging talent in one location, they have the opportunity to make a personal connection with the artist before making a purchase, which makes the investment more meaningful."Showcasing artists were juried by an independent panel of expert judges and hand-selected from hundreds of applicants based on quality and diversity. They will all be on site for the duration of the show to discuss their art and inspiration. "I'm excited to see what people think," Henrie said. "I just barely had my first show and was kind of worried to see what people would think, and I ended up selling 19 (paintings) in two days. As soon as I said to people it's an eco-material and there's no wood or trees cut down, they were really excited. It really meant a lot to hear that."
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