FARMINGTON — A plastic box read "Caution: Snapping Turtle."

Inside, there were a couple of rocks and a green turtle made of recycled material.

Marven, the snapping turtle, is the creation of Jordan Harris, a fifth-grade student at Country Club Elementary School who is taking part in the Three Rivers Art Center's annual recycled art show, Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent.

This year, the center partnered with two Farmington elementary schools — Country Club and Mesa Verde — to provide artwork for its annual recycled art show.

While some of the art was able to be done in class, Rhonda Sigler, the art teacher for both schools, said the students did the majority of the work at home.

Sigler pointed to a large, camouflage Army tank sitting on a table at the center of the art show. The tank was made by two fifth-grade students at Mesa Verde, and it was predominantly made at home.

Sigler spun a turret on the tank from side to side, demonstrating how perfectly balanced it is. The students used sand to achieve the balance.

Sigler said she was surprised by the students' creativity. While she supplied some of the materials, the students were self-driven and hardly needed her help.

And the recycled art projects helped teach lessons outside of art, too. For example, not everything needs to be thrown away into a landfill.

"I think it's important for the kids to make the science connection," Sigler said.


Some of the student's work is functional art. Dean Spencer and Dawson Santillaner, both in fourth-grade at Country Club Elementary, made a lamp using a 3 liter plastic bottle they covered with the tabs from soda cans. The Spencer and Santillaner named their piece "Light the World."

Kids aren't the only ones participating in the recycled show. Betty Reed, one of the center's members, put together an elaborate wall hanging made of computer parts and belt buckles.

Another member, Jennifer Robinson, decorated a cow skull with colorful pieces of glass.

Sigler said she hopes the elementary students can continue to show art in the center's annual recycled show.

More information:

What: Reception for Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent art show

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday

Where: Three Rivers Art Center, 109 N. Allen Ave., Farmington

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