LEAVENWORTH — A wire dress made of old mattress springs didn’t win any awards for comfort, but took the first-place Icicle Prize for wearable, recycled art late last month.
Icicle Arts awarded the coveted prize to seven professional artists and a collaborative project during the Icicle Arts Festival June 23-24.
The awards were grouped into three categories: wearable art, 2D and 3D art made of recycled materials.
In the category for 2D art, a wall hanging made of scrap carpeting won first place.
The garden gate to the E. Lorene Young Community Garden at Barn Beach Reserve in Leavenworth won the prize in the 3D category. The group project was made of discarded garden tools by Anne and Natalie Gibbons, Mike Patterson, Lois Pendleton and Gretchen Rohde. They donated the $250 prize money to the community garden.
About 30 artists submitted work for the juried art show. The work was judged by: Miguel Edwards, a multi-media artist; Kit Evans, director of Hilltop Artists in Residence; Libby Gerber, sculptor and program manager at Artist Trust; and Christopher Shainin, director at Kirkland Arts Center.
The artwork will be on display through Sunday at Icicle Arts Gallery in Leavenworth and Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Here are the winners:
First place: Anne Gibbons, Natalie Gibbons, Mike Patterson, Lois Pendleton, and Gretchen Rohde / Wenatchee River Institute (Leavenworth), “E. Lorene Young Community Garden Gates,” made of reused garden tools.
Second place: R. Freeman Evans (Cashmere), “Reality is a Cliche From Which we Escape by Metaphor,” a mask of fruit skins, found bone, egg shells, plastic tubing, leather, brass sheeting, other materials.
First place: Amber Wiegand (Ephrata), “A Book to Nestle,” wall hanging made of carpet scrap.
Second place: Marv Speer (Leavenworth), “Study in Black & White,” a wall hanging made of newspaper, spray paint, acrylic pigments.
First place: Guylaine Lalonde (Winthrop), “CoCo Corrosion,” a dress of old mattress springs, plastic bottles and bubble wrap.
Second place: Rita Picker (Leavenworth), “Everything but the Kitchen Sink,” a necklace that includes keys, old watch parts, old jewelry, fishing lures.
Audience choice: Mara Cummings (Leavenworth), “New York New York,” a dress made of an umbrella, a second-hand dress, newspaper.
Top model: Mandi Wickline (Leavenworth)