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Recycled art sales to help plant trees in Vietnam

  • One of the assemblages by Andy Rothschild at Artspace. Sales from the show will benefit the 10,000 Trees For Vietnam project. August 22, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz

  • Diana Roberts, President of the Board of Directors at Artspace in Greenfield helps hang assemblages by Andy Rothschild, right. Sales from the show will benefit the 10,000 Trees For Vietnam project. August 22, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz

  • Andy Rothschild at Artspace with his artwork. Sales from the show will benefit the 10,000 Trees For Vietnam project. August 22, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz

  • Diana Roberts, President of the Board of Directors at Artspace in Greenfield helps hang assemblages by Andy Rothschild, right. Sales from the show will benefit the 10,000 Trees For Vietnam project. August 22, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz

  • Some of the assemblages by Andy Rothschild at Artspace. Sales from the show will benefit the 10,000 Trees For Vietnam project. August 22, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz

  • Diana Roberts, right, President of the Board of Directors at Artspace in Greenfield helps hang assemblages by Andy Rothschild. Sales from the show will benefit the 10,000 Trees For Vietnam project. August 22, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz

  • Some of the assemblages by Andy Rothschild at Artspace. Sales from the show will benefit the 10,000 Trees For Vietnam project. August 22, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz

  • Andy Rothschild shows his assembled art pieces to Pat Hynes, Director of the Traprock Center For Peace and Justice. Sales from the show will benefit the 10,000 Trees For Vietnam project. August 22, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz—Paul Franz



Recorder Staff
Sunday, September 24, 2017

GREENFIELD — Landscapes, floral arrangements, fish and owls made of everything from measuring tape to rusty car parts are coming to Artspace Greenfield.

The pieces of found art, created by Andy Rothschild of Greenfield, are part of “Assemblages” — a fundraising exhibit for an environmental justice effort by the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice. Over the last year, Traprock Director Pat Hynes has spearheaded an effort to raise $10,000 to plant 10,000 trees and seedlings in the Dong Son commune of Vietnam.

She said proceeds from Rothschild’s exhibit will likely put the center over its fundraising goal for the project — called “10,000 Trees for Vietnam.”

“Planting 10,000 trees is good for the environment, so it was obviously a winning project for me,” Rothschild said, adding this is the fourth time he’s held an art sale fundraiser for a project at the Traprock Center. “It’s very near and dear to my heart, as are the issues that Pat is interested in, so when she said, ‘Will you do this?’ I didn’t think twice.”

The project is what Hynes says is an environmental justice effort created in collaboration with Vietnamese botanist Phung Tuu Boi. Its purpose is to restore biodiversity to an area of central Vietnam that was heavily sprayed with herbicides — chief among them Agent Orange.

Phung Tuu Boi has been working to reforest the valley there since the war ended in the 1970s, planting trees on thousands of acres of mountain and hillside communities. The 10,000 Trees for Vietnam project has worked in conjunction with Phung Tuu Boi and The Nature Conservation and Community Development Center.

“Andy is a member of the larger Traprock community and deeply invested in peace and social justice,” Hynes said. “He generously offered to do a fundraising show in 2014 for the precursor to this project, namely a project to raise funds for scholarships for third-generation child victims of Agent Orange so they could attend Peace Villages.”

Peace Villages are schools in Vietnam cities and town offering rehabilitation and vocational skills training for these children.

“Further, his creations are all made from recycled materials, thus restorative in the spirit of our 10,000 Trees for Vietnam collaboration,” Hynes said.

Rothschild, who has been creating found art for about a decade, uses broken and discarded materials to create various types of sculptures. He said he created four or five landscapes for the exhibit. All proceeds from sales of Rothschild’s artwork will go toward 10,000 Trees for Vietnam.

“The general things, besides landscapes, are the floral arrangements, there will be fish, there will be other animals, there will be people dancing, groups of people, there will be people’s faces, there will be some abstract pieces — but not too many — and there will be the whole owl bird series,” he said.

Rothschild estimated that about 50 pieces will be on display at Artspace, 15 Mill St., from today, Sept. 25, to Friday, Oct. 6. A reception featuring a short program will be held Oct. 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the project, visit traprock.org/10000-trees-for-vietnam. Donations can be made at traprock.org/donate or mailed to PO Box 1201, Greenfield, MA, 01302.