Gallery Visio at the University of Missouri–St. Louis invites the public to take part in creating art by making a tree out of trash and watching as the exhibit grows. “The Giving Tree” will be an interactive installation created with recycled materials in Gallery Visio. An opening reception will be from 4 to 7 p.m. April 22 in the gallery, and the exhibit will run through June 24. The goal of “The Giving Tree” is to engage viewers by see art as a powerful vehicle to promote environmental awareness.

Through the help of the City Museum in St. Louis, members of Gallery Visio collected items for use in the exhibit. Members of the gallery and the Environmental Venture Organization, a UMSL student group devoted to environmental friendliness, awareness and conservation, will begin the installation of a giant tree made from old 2-by-4 boards and computer wires. Gallery patrons will then be able to hang bottle caps, paper scraps, office supplies, aluminum cans and other trinkets to help the tree take shape. The walls surrounding the tree will include facts and statistics about being more environmentally responsible.

Chartwells will cater the opening with locally grown food and fair trade coffee. The university’s food service provider is committed to “green kitchens” by using sustainable crops and environmentally friendly production and packaging.

Gallery Visio, the student-run gallery at the university, is in 170 Millennium Student Center on UMSL’s North Campus, One University Blvd., St. Louis County, Mo. 63121. It is committed to exhibiting art by undergraduate students and alumni at UMSL, as well as emerging artists. The gallery hosts art activities for the purpose of study, education and enjoyment. Regular gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. This exhibit is sponsored by the Gallery Visio Student Association at UMSL.

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Ryan Heinz

Ryan Heinz