Shelle Bailey poses with her sculptural creation, entitled 'Red Alert,' which captured second place on Trashy Art Day.

ELIZABETHTOWN -- The Boquet River Association did something about garbage in an artistic way with their annual Trashy Art Day river gleaning.

This year, four pickup-truck loads of river refuse were collected in and along the shorelines of the Boquet River. Some of the areas the search concentrated on were Split Rock Falls, the North Fork, fishing accesses and Little Falls in Wadhams.

As the groups collected the refuse, they triaged the newfound wealth into "trash trash," recyclables and those select items that would be most conducive to their artistic endeavors. They then had two hours to "get their creative juices flowing," Katy Linnehan of BRASS said.

The creative juices apparently flowed as surely as the Boquet, with whimsical manifestations and monikers such as "Half in the Bag," "Different Drummer," "Red Alert" and "Goodyear on the Boquet."

Noted artist and sculptor Edward "Ted" Cornell, judged the entries. He will stabilize the top two, which will then be on display in the Elizabethtown Bandstand Park for a week before going on tour in other watershed towns.

In keeping with the theme, culinary specialties such as chips and soda pop were on the junque food menu that was proffered to the participants.

In addition, area students were invited to send their poetic interpretations on the subject of river pollution. Westport 10th-grader Camille Peasley's opus, entitled "Infuriating Debris," garnered the first prize, a $25 gift certificate donated by Bub's Pizza in Elizabethtown.

Linnehan said the event "ties together the environment and the arts in a unique, active and fun manner."

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