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In honor of Earth Day, we are hosting a number of fun activities revolving around eco-friendly living. 

Natural Dye Workshop - SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, April 10 | 6pm - 8pm | Location: Frenchtown Home & Hardware | Purchase Tickets Here

Join artist Rebecca Kelly and Lindsay Warren of Coyote Ridge Homestead for a natural dye workshop. Work with natural plant materials to create two original and naturally dyed silk scarves/handkerchiefs. Bring a friend and get ready to have some fun!

Eco Week Fashion Show

Thursday, April 11 | Doors open at 6:45pm | Show starts at 7:30 pm | Location: ArtYard | Purchase Tickets Here!

Where Earth Day, meets the runway. Come check out fashion done right. No mass-produced messes here folks! The Eco Week Fashion Show at ArtYard showcases how clothing should be made; thoughtfully, sustainably, and made to order.  This show is open to custom, made-to-order clothing designers, knitters, crocheters, up-cyclers, and will showcase their hand-made, one-of-a-kind wears on the runway.

Want to be a part of the Fashion show? Sign up HERE!

Alvaro Catalán de Ocón: Plasticity

Wednesday, April 10 to Sunday, April 14 | 11 AM to 5 PM | ArtYard | More information here

Alvaro Catalán de Ocon is a leading innovator in a growing movement of industrial designers and artists whose works critique the failures of material culture while offering generative and poetic alternatives. This exhibition features art created from PET plastic waste, including four hand-tufted rugs depicting Google Earth views of the Ganges, Niger, Yangtze, and Indus river system, as well as 22 PET lamps made by community weaving collectives in Australia, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Japan, and Thailand strung together into a single fixture.

Aqualumina Eco-Artmaking - Register Here !

Friday, April 12 | 3 to 5 PM | ArtYard

Saturday, April 13 | 12 to 4 PM | ArtYard

Sunday, April 14 | 12 to 4 PM | ArtYard

Join us in the Aqualumina Workshop for a special art-making experience with Em Rea, a Philadelphia-based artist who transforms trash into improvisational sculptures. Em will lead community members in creating one-of-a-kind illuminated aquatic hats, masks, and wearables using scavenged and post-consumer materials for this year’s Aqualumina Festival on May 18, a riverside lantern festival involving music, dance, and inspiring lighting along the river’s edge celebrating water as a vulnerable resource, necessity, bellwether, and mirror of the sky. Em will host workshop time in the Aqualumina Workshop from 3 to 5 on Fridays and noon to 4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays from April 12 to May 12. The cost is $10, which offsets material costs. Walk-ups are welcome if the workshops are not filled.

Plant Based Medicine Talk with Sarah Gerhardt

Friday, April 12 | 6pm - 7:30 pm | Location: Yoga Loka & Eco Loka | Purchase Tickets Here!

Join local herbalist Sarah Gerhardt of Earth Tender Botanicals for a talk about herbs that can support your well-being during the spring months. You'll learn what each herb is useful for, how to use it, and how to prepare each herb to make your own herbal medicine at home. Leave feeling empowered with natural herbs to support your well-being throughout the year! Herbal tea will be shared.

With your ticket, you'll also receive 10% off anything purchased from Eco Loka after the talk, including a new product release from Sarah's herbal product line!

Clothing Swap 

Saturday, April 13 at 7pm | Free to Participate 

Join us at Yoga Loka / Eco Loka for a local clothing swap! Small bites and beverages will be served and we can kick this event week off with a very localized way of keeping clothing in circulation.

Flower Pounding Workshop

Sunday, April 14 | Noon to 4pm | The Spinnery | Free to Participate 

Try your hand at flower pounding a truly easy and beautiful way to use nature’s flowers to make art.

Green Fair

Sunday, April 14 from 11am to 6pm | Location: Sunbeam Lenape Park & ArtYard's Courtyard | Free Admission

Find all things "green" at the fair! We will have local vendors, artisans, fresh farm produce, environmental organizations, eco-crafts for all ages, and a "Buy Nothing" yard sale tent where everything is free to a good home! Just some wholesome, earth-friendly, family fun!

Want to be a part of the Green Fair? Sign up HERE!

Green Fair Sustainability Speakers at ArtYard @ 11am, 1pm, and 3pm

Join the organizers of Frenchtown’s Green Fair on Sunday, April 14th for three speaker-led roundtables focused on environmental sustainability.

11am: Building Sustainable Communities

This conversation will cover subjects ranging from energy-efficient homes, to zoning and planning opportunities to create more sustainable communities, to how Frenchtown could reach carbon neutrality in a not so distant future.

Speakers Include:

  • Scott Fischer of Ceil Energy

  • Tom Loughlin of Engineers for a Sustainable World

  • Armin Zomorodi of Material Design Build

  • and Jef Beuhler of Sustainable Frenchtown

Reserve your seat for this session here!

1pm: Cultivating Sustainable Lifestyles

This roundtable will focus on how we can live more sustainable lives by participating in community based agriculture, ensuring our gardens are thriving with native plants, and helping us decipher fact from fiction when it comes to all that plastic that creeps into our lives.

Speakers Include:

  • John Crooke of Tinicum CSA

  • Rachel Mackow of Wild Ridge Plants

  • Kathy Lynch of Green Matters

Reserve your seat for this session here!

3pm: Cultivating Sustainability in Art

This speaker session will focus on the creative practices of making artwork that is not harmful to the environment, exploring artwork that uses or re-uses natural materials, and discussing art that raises awareness of our natural world.

Speakers Include:

  • Em Rea - artist in residence ArtYard

  • Emily Loughlin - artist in residence Friends of Pando

  • David Horowitz - founder of Modern Fossils

Reserve your seat for this session here!

All three sessions will feature speaker presentations and be followed by audience Q&A. The sessions are being hosted by ArtYard and will take place in the second floor gallery space. This event is free to participants of all ages.

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