Spectrum Creative Arts raises eco-awareness while inspiring creativity

Show opens June 19th with free, public reception at 5-6:30 PM

Registration for Spectrum’s summer camps closes June 26th

Rochester, NY – K-cups as art: Spectrum Creative Arts (3300 Monroe Avenue) will display twenty artworks made from the disposable single-serve coffee pods at its first annual Eco-Art Challenge, opening Friday, June 19 with a free, public reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Pieces range from paintings to puppets to an animated short film, submitted by community artists, as well as faculty and students from the Pittsford arts center.

“With the exploding popularity of these wonderfully convenient little objects, the number of discarded k-cups in our landfills is growing at the alarming rate of billions per year,” explains Megan Resig, founding co-director of the two-year-old arts instruction and therapy facility. “Our goal was to bring awareness to this environmental issue while inspiring artistic expression.”

Although k-cups themselves are not recyclable, each individual component is either recyclable or compostable in Monroe County. Part of the artistic process included dissembling and cleaning the cups, directions for which were on the Spectrum website.

“It’s actually a pretty messy job,” admits fellow founding co-director, Noa Elimelech, noting that each cup includes a paper filter as well as a plastic one in addition to coffee grounds, a foil top and the cup itself. “I’m pretty sure that most people wouldn’t go to the trouble of taking them apart when the whole reason to buy them is for convenience, but it’s certainly an eye-opening experience.”

“Eye-opening” describes the artwork as well. Spectrum student Rory Allison created a sculpture using a string of suspended k-cups that radiate a sense of peace, much like the bells of Buddhist temples. Third Spectrum Co-Director Wade Richards painted with coffee grounds, and Rochester’s Airigami submitted several pieces, including a necklace made from melted k-cups by Kelly Cheatle.

Visitors to the exhibition from June 19-28 will be able to vote for their favorites, and three cash prizes will be announced on June 29. The Eco-Art Challenge show will close Friday, August 21.

Reminder: registration for Spectrum’s summer camps closes on June 26! The team of 13 teachers and certified arts therapists is offering four unique camps: Good Vibrations, Groovy Creative Arts for Teens (ages 12-15, July 27-31, 9 AM – 12 noon); Creative Adventures, Music and Art Fun for Little Ones (ages 6-10, July 13-17, 9AM-noon); Life is a Cabaret, Performing Arts Camp for Teens (ages 13-18, Aug. 3-7,1-5PM); and Heart and Soul, Yoga and Creative Wellness for the Parent and Child (ages 6-15, Aug. 17-21 from 10AM –noon).

Spectrum Creative Arts LLC provides premium quality creative arts services in the areas of music therapy, music instruction, art therapy, and art instruction for children and adults in Rochester, NY and surrounding areas. It will also begin offering theatre programming in the fall of 2015. Spectrum’s highly-qualified and passionate directors and staff believe that everyone is an artist and that the arts are for everyone, regardless of age or ability. Because the arts are fundamental to the human experience, Spectrum seeks to inspire and empower clients and the entire community to create, explore, and enjoy the arts. Please visit spectrumcreativearts.org or call 585-383-1999 (or toll free: 855-444-0201) for more information.