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I have been inspired!  I am so excited to share that I am trying something new to make the lid murals more “eco-friendly” and maybe more “eco”-nomic!  Recently, I stumbled on the work of California artist Linda Merica who works with recycled paper in various ways.  She uses recycled paper, or paper mache for a variety of thing but what really inspired is that she does custom floors whereas the paper is made to look like flag stones.  She also make counter tops that look great!  This is what got my mind wandering and wondering about the paper being a good binder for my upcycled lid murals.  For any of you that might be interested in trying to make a floor or something out of recycled paper she has a book for sale on her website for only $9 bucks.  Check it out at http://www.papertostone.com/

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Van Gogh made it to Martinsburg West Virginia.  See it here first!

Putting the final touches to the Van Gogh mural

Putting the final touches to the Van Gogh mural

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Redbrick Gallery

Redbrick Gallery

The Owner of Red Brick Gallery in Martinsburg volunteered the outside wall of her gallery for a “Put A Lid On It” mural.  The photos below are of the proposed mural to be created all out of upcycled plastic bottle lids.  This will be a challenging piece to create but I am confident that we will do the original self-portrait, painted by Vincent Van Gogh, justice.

     You may be wondering why I picked a work of art by this artist to reproduce?  You may be surprised by my answer.  You may think that it is simply because I like this artist best, but this isn’t quite right.  The reason is because for some odd reason, one that only God and the stars know the answer to, the last living relative of Van Gogh supposedly lived in this area many years back.  The story that was told to me, that i am trying to verify (and I hope that this piece will help draw people out that have the answer to) is that he taught golf at the nearby golf courses.  Part of this story is that he moved back to Europe many years ago, but that there are still people around that could verify this information.
     If you have any information or know anyone that might be able to help verify this story please contact me, or have them contact me.  THANKS!
To the king of Art! 
Red Brick Gallery in Martinsburg with the sketch of the next Put A Lid On It mural

Red Brick Gallery in Martinsburg with the sketch of the next Put A Lid On It mural

Red Brick Gallery on King Street in Martinsburg West Virginia with the proposed mural in place

Red Brick Gallery on King Street in Martinsburg West Virginia with the proposed mural in place

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In the final days leading up to completion my son (9 years old) Pasha helped me get the final lids in place and ready for hot glueing. We completed the piece last night.Pasha (9 years old) at work on the "Put A Lid On It" project

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Cracker Barrel sign in Martinsburg

Cracker Barrel sign in Martinsburg

Cracker Barrel of Martinsburg has been a big help in the past with both the project and the environment by joining with us to save their brown bottle lids which come on their syrup bottles.  The bottles are also saved and David recycles them at the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authorities recycling center.

The only problem is meeting the Friday pickup dates.  That’s right because David hasn’t been able to get there regularly the Cracker Barrel management just dumps the collection.  So we need help finding people to make that pick up.  Know someone?  Call David for detail 304-283-1902.

Have a Cracker Barrel in your neighborhood?  Why not get them involved in the project and help the environment at the same time?  WE NEED THE BROWN LIDS!

NEED BEES? The little buggers love the syrup so use the bottles to attract bees or clean them quick so that you don’t have them flying around your trash.

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It started with the first Eco Arts Festival in Frederick Maryland.  David was to have a booth there promoting The Main Artery publication but what was environmentally friendly about TMA except that we only make 5000 of them?  So we promoted the Put A Lid On It project by having this bag on display with a guessing game.
Laundry bag full of recycled lids

Laundry bag full of recycled lids

Visitors could have three guesses for 3 dollars.  You could guess for the overall number in the bag and guess how many blue lids and red lids were mixed into the collection.  We only had 11 guessers but it was fun and well we made a tad bit of money.  David had fun promoting the project and seeing the responses to the people taking up the challenge.

The laundry bag dumped out
The laundry bag dumped out
“The only problem with this contest was that I had to count the lids alone.  Not only was it long and tedious, but I was eaten alive by mosquitoes and of course was not happy about that at all.  SO NEXT TIME I NEED HELP!  The only thing that saved me from losing my mind was that I didn’t have to count them all.  Why? Because the highest guess was met and the count still had to go on by what i am guessing to be at least another 1000 or more.
Bet you would like to know who the winners were. The winners were Isaac LaRochelle-Mills of Frederick, Maryland, whose guesses were the closest in two of the three categories.  He guessed 10,000 number of total lids and he was right.  His was the top guess and se I stopped counting – THANK GOD!  He also guessed 500 blue lids and there were a total of 628.  Deb Burke of Thurmont, Md estimated there to be 111 green lids in the bag and she was closest to the correct number of 115.  CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM BOTH.

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