Sustainable Shawnee, Mabee Gerer Museum partnering.

To draw attention to the importance of recycling, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art has partnered with Sustainable Shawnee for their fifth annual Regional Art Exhibit, Don’t Waste: Create! The exhibit features artworks inspired by recycling and created by Oklahoma artists.

“There are some amazing artworks in this exhibit,” said MGMoA curator of education Donna Merkt. “It is fantastic to see how so many creative people can turn junk and trash into fantastic art.” According to Merkt, there are over 100 artworks in this exhibition and they are created from a variety of recycled materials, including paper, cardboard, toys, wood, plastic and glass bottles, and more.

Participating Shawnee artist Joel Carmichael creates many of his artworks from recycled and repurposed materials. “I find such wonderful things out in the wilds of the world,” gushed Carmichael, discussing the repurposed materials in his art. He has two pieces in the exhibit, one featuring recycled paper, and another featuring recycled foam and recycled paint scrapings.

Don’t Waste: Create! is on display at the museum November 9-24, with an opening reception being held on November 8 at 7pm. The reception is free and open to the public and is hosted by the Friends of the MGMoA.

The community can join the Museum and Sustainable Shawnee and get into the spirit of recycling by bringing their own recyclable paper products to the museum during the run of the exhibit.

“Anyone who brings in an old phone book, magazine, or newspaper, will get in to the museum free during the run of the exhibition (Nov. 9-24),” said Merkt.

All of the paper products should be free of food waste, as to avoid attracting pests to the museum. Sustainable Shawnee will recycle the paper products following the exhibit. For more information, please visit

Sustainable Shawnee is also providing an opportunity for the community to recycle their electronics during the exhibition. Residential electronic devices can be dropped off at Direct Colors, Inc., 430 E. 10th Street, on Saturday, November 16, from 8:30am-2:00pm. For more information, please visit or call Direct Colors at 405-275-6657.

Additional information about the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is available at or call 405-878-5300. The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is located at 1900 W. MacArthur on the campus of St. Gregory's University. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children 6-18 and students with ID, free for children 5 and under.