RETHINK WASTE “We Are Overflowing”

ArtFest Fort Myers is harnessing the power of art to increase awareness and challenge behavior inspiring recycle, re-use, upcycling movement and conserving our natural resources. This creative look at how we deal with recycling will spark your imagination and, perhaps, begin a conversation about rethinking waste!

All-new in 2019, ArtFest is launching the collaborative project We Are Overflowing, a national juried exhibit of art crafted from re-purposed, discarded and cast-off materials. Professional artist, Donald Gialanella, is traveling to Fort Myers from St. Petersburg, FL to create “Dumpster Diving,” made entirely of single use recycled plastic. Amplifying the We Are Overflowing message, middle school students are also creating eight smaller sculptures made from 100% recycled materials and will be competing for awards.

We Are Overflowing, on display in the center of the art festival-at the intersection of Hendry St. and Edwards Dr., is sponsored by Covanta and supported by Lee County Solid Waste. In December 1994, Covanta Lee, Inc. became a public-private partnership with Lee County, operating the Lee County Solid Waste Resource Recovery Facility. Covanta’s commitment to sustainability comes with a commitment to programs that support the environmental issues – like fresh air, clean water and safe oceans. These are issues that affect people, communities and the precious home we all share, Earth.

Art Under 20, the high school exhibit and competition at ArtFest, has also created a Recycle Art category this season. As with We Are Overflowing, student artists must use all recycle materials in the creation of their artwork. The inspiration for this new category for student artists came from the Fewster Family who sponsors several awards at Art Under 20.

ArtFest Fort Myers, Southwest Florida’s premier art festival, takes place February 1, 2 & 3, 2019 in the Fort Myers River District. Join the experience with 200 professional artists from across the county and around the world; the largest high school art exhibit and competition in south Florida and free interactive art experiences for children of all ages.

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