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New Allied Arts Exhibit Showcases Artists Who Turned Their "Trash" into "Treasure"

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YAKIMA, Wash. - A group of local artists have taken the old saying, "one man's trash is another man's treasure," to the next level at a new exhibit opening Friday at Allied Arts of Yakima Valley.

More than 20 artists made some of their trash into their own treasure.  They started with items like paper clips, bottles, cereal boxes, and old belts.

Diana Hillis is one of the artists featured in the exhibit and has two pieces in the show.  She believes there is an important message visitors can take away from "Trash to Treasure."

"Before you throw something away, really look at it," she said.  "I know you can have a bin underneath the sink or some place for glass or for paper or for plastics but also have another bin to look at, you might be able to use it."

All of the artists are from central Washington and their work was selected to be a part of the exhibit by a juror.

"We just all need to look at things more carefully and that's exactly what's showing around here," said Hillis.  "That's what makes it so fun."

The exhibit's opening reception is Friday, April 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Allied Arts Center located on 5000 W. Lincoln Ave.  The exhibit runs through May 10.

Allied Arts is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m., admission is free.