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FOUNDRE Contemporary Announces Debut of “Talking Trash: A Junk Exhibition”

Date(s) – 06/03/2022 – 10/01/2022
10:00 am – 6:00 pm



FOUND:RE Contemporary, the freestanding gallery on Portland Street adjacent to the FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel at 1100 N. Central Ave., introduces its latest art showcase “Talking Trash: A Junk Art Exhibition” featuring Arizona artists Shari Keith and Claire Ploppet Johnson who create their environmentally conscious artworks using found objects. The exhibition debuts Friday, June 3 with an opening artists’ reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


“‘Through this exhibition, Keith and Ploppet Johnson definitely let the trash do the talking, allowing us to see the world around us in a new light,” says Audrey Galat, arts and culture curator for FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and FOUND:RE Contemporary. “Art has the ability to help us see things from different perspectives and this exhibition is the perfect example of the adage ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’”


The exhibition highlights the artists’ ability to manipulate discarded material into new and exciting compositions, showing that just about anything can be transformed into a work of art. Using common day objects such as buttons, sunglasses and stones, Keith, also known as “The Junk Lady,” creates patterns allowing the viewer to see beyond the objects’ intended purpose. Ploppet Johnson uses scraps of glass, broken mirrors and road signs to show that even broken items can be repurposed to create something whole.


This exhibition runs through Saturday, October 1. Located in FOUND:RE Contemporary Gallery off Portland Street, it can be viewed without appointment Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. by stopping at the FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel’s front desk. Guests can RSVP to the opening reception on June 3 via


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