HG: SustainAbility Column September 20, 2008

Simple tips for energy efficiency

This weekend, “The Blue Pig Goes Green” opens at The Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade.

The exciting exhibit highlights the work of 34 area artists and includes a wide range of media including re-purposed and recycled materials.

Director Marla Wood co-owns the gallery with her parents, Ivan and Jane Wood, and they have put considerable effort into sustainable business practices. During expansion and renovation of the space, they installed a tankless water heater and cork flooring.

The gallery has strategically placed venting to decrease the use of the swamp cooler and heating system. When those systems are needed, programmable thermostats control them.

“Many of the first environmentalists were artists,” explained Marla, who noticed work in the gallery already had a “green” bent and expanded the idea into the exhibit.

You can view the exhibit, which runs through Oct. 19, starting at 6 p.m. tonight. The official opening reception is from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.  Artists Mary Mansfield and Debbie Cope teamed up to create a life-size orangutan from recycled materials. They scavenged discarded materials including yarn, paper and paint.

If you want to learn to unleash your creative energy in a sustainable manner, Gayle Gerson is offering a collage and creativity clinic at the gallery to teach the basics of “repurposing objects for art work.” The workshops are this weekend, Oct. 11–12 and Nov. 15–16.

The gallery is at 119 W. 3rd St. in Palisade and is opened 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call 464-4819 for more information or go to http://www.thebluepiggallery.com.

— Adele Israel

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