El Cerrito Recycling Center selects artists for residencies

El Cerrito Recycling Center selects artists for residencies
Zona Sage (left) and Lisa Zimmer-Chu.

By Kathy Chouteau

Artists Zona Sage and Lisa Zimmer-Chu were selected by the El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission as the 2024 El Cerrito Creative ReUse (ECCRU) Artists in Residence at the El Cerrito Recycling and Environmental Resource Center (RERC).

Their role will be to create artwork using materials from the Recycling Center, to host workshops and educational programs, and to exhibit the work they create for the community.

The artists’ residency will extend from April 1 through Dec. 31 with a stipend of $1,500 each.

Sage has a long relationship with using the Recycling Center as her artistic source and plans to spend her residency creating works utilizing book arts and textiles. Her favorite part about working with recycled materials? Discovering the oddities that pop up unexpectedly.

“Having donated and received materials from the Center for so long, it’s a dream to be an artist in residence there,” said Sage.

For her part, Zimmer-Chu plans to tell a compelling story of the El Cerrito Recycling Center during her residency. She’ll seek out plastics, paper, recyclable items and books in collages, assemblages and mosaics for her artwork.

Zimmer-Chu said she finds the Recycling Center “a unique and fascinating place that serves a critical function in the community’s quest to reduce waste going to the landfill.” She expects user stories to emerge about the communities’ habits, consumption patterns and efforts to reduce waste.

For more information on the ECCRU program, click here.