Nehalem - As spring approaches, the buzz at "The Dump" is trash art.

Following tradition, Cart'm Recycling plans to hold trash art workshops in time for its annual Trash Art Show in May.

The first workshop, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3, will focus on creating art from scrap metal and wood. Rich Felley, Cart'm director, and Belinda Spegel, a Cart'm staff member, will provide tools, safety equipment, welding assistance and most materials (although there may be a small charge for some items).

Kathleen Larson, also on the Cart'm staff, will lead a mosaic workshop, slated for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4. Larson, who sells her work in local galleries, will offer instruction as well as tile and other materials, adhesive and grout and most tools.

The Cart'm Trash Art project was started to lend an element of creativity and fun to recycling and reuse. Project coordinators hope to inspire people to see new possibilities for using what is normally deemed waste.

Workshop participants may bring any materials they would like to incorporate in their projects, and are invited to exhibit their pieces in the annual Trash Art Show May 16-18 at Cart'm.

The cost is $35 per workshop. Space is limited, so staff encourage those interested to sign up for one or both workshops as soon as possible. For more information, or to reserve a spot, call Larson or Spegel at (503) 368-7764.

Cart'm is located on Necarney City Road near Nehalem Bay State Park.

Visit the Cart'm Web site at www.cartm.org

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