UTICA — Empire Recycling will host a premier of its new short film “Earth Day” about how artists use scrap metal from the company to make art that’s auctioned for charity each year.
The screening is 5:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Munson-Williams-Procter Arts Institute’s auditorium, 310 Genesee St.

Each year for close to 20 years, Empire Recycling has invited artists from Sculpture Space, the sculpture residency in Utica, to their company’s in Utica on Earth Day. Eight artists search the yard to select various metal and material they will transform into a piece of art and then auctioned off as the “Earth Day Collection” at Sculpture Space’s popular CHAIRity Auction each fall. Dozens of pieces have been created over the years and have raised tens of thousands of dollars for the artist-in-residence program.

The short film “Earth Day” follows husband and wife artists Patrick Cuffe and Aimee Tarasek for six months – from selection of material on Earth Day, to an insider view of their creative process and fabrication of the pieces in their studio, to the CHAIRity Auction itself and finally to the homes of the buyers where both pieces now live.

The film is 16 minutes long and will be followed by a panel discussion with Empire president Steven Kowalsky and Sculpture Space executive director Tom Montan, along with artists Patrick Cuffe and Aimee Tarasek. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

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