Encore!!Art has been happening since 2009. Created to show our community that "trash" isn't always "useless," we aim to encourage people to recycle, reuse, and rethink cast off materials. Repurposing "stuff" has been something folks have always done. Sometimes the results are humorous, sometimes down right goregous, and always creative.

Join us on an adventure! Everyone is welcome to make a piece! Need inspiration? We have three photo albums on our Facebook Page: Encore!!Art 2015Encore!!Art 2016, and Encore!!Art 2017

Bring your work to the Sauk County Earth Day Celebration either the Saturday afternoon before or the Sunday morning of the show. We check you in, and set your work up for display. If you have a piece that is "awkward" to handle, we'll ask you to stay and help guide us. 

During the course of the day, we'll have a judge look at your work. Categories are: Originality, Most whimsical, Craftsmanship, & People’s choice.

At the end of the day on Sunday, pieces which will not go into the traveling show, should be picked up and taken home. The rest of the pieces will be transported over to the gallery to be installed. If your work is one of these, it could be on display for one or two months before you can take it home! And for the actual date of the show, Sauk County Earth Day Celebration is scheduled for the Sunday closest to Earth Day (April 22) that is NOT Easter! The show that comes out of this event will almost always be on display during May.

For specific details about the upcoming show, specific requirements, to see what's been done before, or to get encouragement, you are invited to wander around this page and check out the articles, links, and photos you find here!


    Here I sit inside during the first snowstorm that actually leaves something

to shovel and / or make into a snow sculpture.

 OMG   it's February  --What gives--   Planet-EARTH????   

     Well I stayed inside and went through that dresser in the corner of the spare room.

There has to be something I can use for an ENCORE entry!!   I remember small aluminum

pie tins somewhere -(34 total I think)-  I moved some boxes in front of the dresser....

and found some old cord from my macrame days in one. Another had old papers to shred.

I am not up for a papier-mache project today.  A wooden embroidery hoop, the cord, and

those pesky twist ties, (HUM-M-M-M) soda bottle rings, a straw or two, and maybe-e-e-e

one of pie tins..... I think there was a large one in that drawer????  What tool will make the 




Enjoy our show!

    Recently I picked up a copy of the Wisconsin Gazette paper.

    The cover photo of a cup with straw caught my attention. 

So did the "Stop Sucking" caption.  The feature article mentions the Lonely Whale Foundation (Seattle, WA) and the #Stop Sucking movement choosing reduced use of the single use drinking straw as their priority three years ago.

  Hence the poor turtle with a straw in its nose photo being shared. 

 Heck!  Even I have seen it!  I've decided that straws are gross and help make those ugly pucker lines around my mouth !!!! 

           So in the interest of humanity's pretty faces.....

PUT ON YOU THINKING CAPS...... See how many ways we can Reuse drinking straws in useful or just pretty ways.

Choose virgin ones still in their wrappers.

Rescue tired, flattened, splintered ones from curbs, parking lots and storm sewer grates.

EARTH DAY 2019   APRIL 28, 2019 is less than a year away


92 Attendees voted at Sauk County's Earth Day Event on April 22nd, 2018 for ENCORE!!ART's 'People's Choice Award'. They choose Paula Washow's entry "Abstract Ship." She constructed it from sticks, gauze, board base, twine, old basket and birds, toothpicks, fibers, and spray paint. SCAA awarded her a complimentary membership, a People's  Choice certificate and a check.

"BUZZ KILL"  a metal sculpture made by Eran McCormick  was sold during this year's ENCORE!!ART show at Schwalbach gallery.


I realize that this is yesterday's news..but...YIPPE & YAHOO !!!   NO PLASTIC STRAWS will be offered with drinks purchased at the new Milwaukee Bucks stadium.  Other food items will be in recyclable containers.  One less material source for ENCORE!!ART's special challenge creations for 2019.  There are other sources.  After cruising the local fast food parking areas for distressed straws, cups, lids, and such; I did not find much.  MY RESPECT RISES for the various company's staff efforts. I have had to widen my search areas. Walking the neighborhood with one eye canted toward the curb.  Parking far end at the mall hoping for someone's careless droppings.  Carefully maneuvering to rescue treasure from  lake shores. stream edges, culverts and sewer grates.  A personal tick hunt has been necessary after obtaining a special goody from roadside   and hiking trail brush.