Some materials that'll be used at C.R.A.F.T.

Some materials that’ll be used at C.R.A.F.T.

When someone who is arts-and-crafts oriented gets a project in her head, you best stay out of her way and let her create. Artists sometimes have a one-track mind and will stay up all night painting, sculpting, sewing, building. That’s why Good Garbage’s first ever Creative Reuse Art Form Throwdown (C.R.A.F.T.) on Thursday at the Old 502 Winery should be fascinating to watch.

The interactive fundraiser will pit teams against each other in pursuit of the coveted title of C.R.A.F.T. Champion. Those going to watch can participate in raffle prizes and a silent auction, and appetizers and a cash bar (try the Kentucky Lady white wine) will be available.

GoodGarbageGood Garbage executive director Lynn Quire says she saw a similar competition last year in Austin when she attended the ReuseConex Conference and thought it would work here in Louisville.

“It was such a great time,” she says. “I really felt Good Garbage’s customers would love to show off their skills.”

Good Garbage is Louisville’s only center for creative reuse, and since opening in 2013, it has diverted more than 16,000 pounds of materials from landfills and reached over 2,000 children and adults through its partnerships with local organizations, community centers and schools. It’s also served hundreds of local educators by providing free art supplies and access to low-cost materials.

Quire says she’s learned quite a bit in the short time the organization has been operating.

“You would think the most surprising thing I’ve learned would be the amount of stuff that is tossed,” she says. “What I’ve found amazing is the relief people have in knowing their precious art supplies, etc., now have a great home and will help educators, artists and kids. And Louisville needed Good Garbage, they just didn’t know it.”

The nonprofit’s headquarters, which is at 2020 Duncan St. in Portland, offers classes and workshops and hosts birthday parties and even a “Creative Reuse Wedding Series” for those looking to save money and be more “eco friendly” on their big day.

C.R.A.F.T. will take place Thursday, April 16, at Old 502 Winery, 120 S. 10th St., from 6-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 (you must be 21 and over) and can be purchased here. Proceeds will go toward a “new-to-them” cargo van to assist Good Garbage with donations, workshops and outreach.