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Eco Chic: Green Project's Salvations Gala Returns This Weekend

The Green Project is asking fans to ditch their grubby painting clothes while perusing second-hand gems for this year's juried exhibition. The annual Salvations Gala is coming to Canal Place this weekend with more than 60 pieces of furniture and artwork made from recycled or salvaged materials on view through September 13.  


The artwork is on display on the third floor of the Shops at Canal Place, where the gala will take place. 


The Green Project, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping and urging environmental sustainability in New Orleans, recycles building materials, paint, architecture and salvaged useable materials from deconstructed homes. The items are sold via their recycling store at 2831 Marais St.


Now in its sixth year, Salvations is the city’s only furniture and lighting competition wholly dedicated to the repurposing of salvage materials.  Its goal is to promote and improve and “truly pull the treasures out of the trash”.


This year's timing gives double meaning to the exhibition's name. When a five-alarm fire broke out on Thursday near the corner of Press and Urquhart Sts., many feared The Green Project's warehouse store could face damage from the flames. But firefighters were able to contain the fire, and the store full of materials ready for reuse was spared.


Christal White, Director of Development for the Green Project, says “I become an adoptive mother to these pieces so it’s always hard for me to pick a favorite and it’s such an amazing show this year.”


The works will be exhibited until September 13, 2013, ending with that the organization calls “an eco elegant, stunningly sustainable and gorgeously green gala” on September 14, 2013 from 630p.m. to 10p.m. In an effort to keep the event as “green” as possible, there will be recycling on site and they are urging the use of carpooling and other modes of transport.  


This year’s event also features two works from last year’s winner, Matthew Holden.  Nearly 50 designers will present 65 innovative projects to a respected panel of judges, such as Rachel Ford of the Ogden Museum and the founding style editor for Garden and Gun Magazine.  Artists and designers will also compete for cash prizes in each of five categories: Best Traditional Design, Best Modern Design, Most Inventive Reuse of Materials, Best Craftsmanship and People’s Choice, with a $1000 award for Best in Show and $250 prizes for the winner of each category.


“There’s this gorgeous bar made out of two fireplace fronts with mantels that the artist built some cabinets in between," White said. "It’s absolutely the most perfect thing I’ve ever seen.”


The gala will feature cocktails from Sailor Jerry and the William Grant portfolio, and beer from Abita Brewing Company at The Shops at Canal Place.  The Small Batch String Band with headliner Linnzi Zaorski will supply the tunes while The New Movement supplies the green comedy. Local grub will be offered by Maurepas Foods, Elizabeth’s, Liberty’s Kitchen, Café Reconcile and many others.


Gala tickets are $75 for non-members of The Green Project and current members can buy discounted tickets from 6:30p.m.-10:00p.m. for $60. To purchase tickets please contact The Green Project at 504-945-0240 or or purchase them online.


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