Local Kirkland artist Rick Hartner came to art through a career supporting the environment, and now he’s using that art to give back. During his career in curbside recycling and composting, Rick Hartner needed to create an easel for a work event. Not wanting to make it just any easel, he welded an upcycled person to hold the sign. Thus began a new career path to take recycling to a higher level by fashioning art from castoff materials.
Since re-locating to Arizona from the San Diego area, Rick and his wife, Rosie, have become integral parts of their community; using their talents to make central Arizona a better place. This spring that support is taking the form of using art to highlight our environment and those working to care for the local habitat.
On May 3rd, come and meet Rick as he supports our local environment through art. Rick, along with many other likeminded local artists, will be at both the Highlands Center’s Spring Native Plant Sale and Outdoor Art Festival and Prescott Creeks’ One Man’s Treasure.
The Spring Native Plant Sale and Outdoor-Art Festival from 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM Saturday, celebrates the native Arizona landscape. It encourages the community to landscape with native and regionally native, low-water use plants. Spring is a great time to spruce up the yard and establish new plants. This year in addition to an impressive variety of low water use and native plants, the Saturday sale will have local garden artwork, from wind chimes to sculptures, available for purchase. Plants will also be available Sunday from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM.
One Man’s Treasure from 4:00 – 7:00 PM Saturday, is an annual art auction that supports the mission of Prescott Creeks: to achieve healthy watersheds and clean waters in Central Arizona for the benefit of people and wildlife through protection, restoration, education and advocacy. This year’s event will be held at the Prescott College Crossroads Center and will feature Page Springs wine, gourmet appetizers, music, and a live and silent auction.