Liz Carpenter’s “Cardboard Melody” was part of the 2012 Recycling Art Show.
CRANBERRY TWP — The township’s relationship with the Associated Artists of Butler County has allowed it to expand its annual recycled art contest into a nearly monthlong exhibit in the municipal center. The new Art of Recycling Show will take place from April 19 to May 11 in the center, 2525 Rochester Road. The Meet the Artists opening night will be from 7 to 9 p.m. April 19. Deadline to enter is 4 p.m. April 12. Entries must be dropped off in the customer service area in the municipal center between April 8 and 12 only between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Lorin Meeder, Cranberry’s environmental projects coordinator, said with the township’s association with AABC, he hopes the show will pull in more artists. For two years, the Cranberry Township Community Chest has sponsored the Garby Awards for the recycled art contest as part of the Community Days activities in July. But the event expanded and was moved this year to be closer to Earth Day on April 22. Because the contest is now during the school year, the township hopes to get schools involved, Meeder said. “We’re working to make it a bigger, better Cranberry Township program,” he said. The Art of Recycling is a juried show with a recycling theme that offers more than $1,700 in prize money. Artwork that was submitted to the AABC or the Cranberry Township Community Chest in the past two years is not eligible. All artwork must be original and in three dimensions. The entries may not exceed 4 feet tall and 3 feet in width and depth. Ninety percent of the material used in each entry must be recyclable. The age categories are: individuals age 18 and older; individuals younger than 18; groups that include all ages; and school groups from kindergarten to fourth grade, fifth and sixth grades, seventh and eighth grades, and ninth to 12th grades. First place in each school group will be awarded $100. For information, visit www.cranberrytownship.org or call 724-283-6922.