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Creative Reuse is “First Tuesday Salon’s” April topic as Earth Month begins

Creative Reuse is First Tuesday Salons April topic as Earth Month begins

April is Earth Month, a time to celebrate our planet and take action to protect it. It is a time to celebrate the outdoors, get the gardening gloves on, and enjoy the rebirth of things new and afresh. Earth Day, which is celebrated annually on April 22nd, is the largest civic event in the world, with over a billion people participating each year.

The phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” was introduced on Earth Day April 22, 1970, to describe the main ways to responsibly reduce waste and protect the environment.  As recycling programs have been called into question, and our appetite for shopping has not decreased, Reuse has proven to be the simplest and most effective way to conserve the Earth’s natural resources.  

To kick off Earth Month, please join the First Tuesday Salon for an evening of lively discussion about the benefits of Creative Reuse in our community! This Earth Month “First Tuesday Salon” will take place at the BeanRunner Café on April 2 from 6-8pm and include a panel of four women who will discuss Creative Reuse. The panel will include Barbara Korein, Founder of Retake/ Remake. In November 2023, Remake/Retake was featured in the Peekskill Herald for salvaging over 32 tons of art supplies (now up to 35 tons). First Tuesday Salon Creative Reuse panelists for April also include artists Natalya Khorover, Founder of Ecoloop and Upcycled, and Reuse Artist Candace Winter, co-creator of Peekskill’s “The Five Element Arches Murals.” The final panelist will be Joy Suarez, Master Teaching Artist who has taught Creative Reuse in the classroom for more than 40 years! After the panel discussion, participants will be able to have some “exploratory playtime,” using materials from the Retake/Remake warehouse. 

In 2010, Drew Claxton co-owner of the BeanRunner Cafe, invited Peekskill artist Carla Rae Johnson to host monthly salons for the arts communities. Starting in March of that year, “First Monday Salons” made their debut. From that point forward, “First Monday Salons” became a huge hit. Carla Rae Johnson told the Peekskill Herald, “Salons included presentations, panels, potlucks, poetry, performances, and, sometimes, hands-on projects. Every Monday from 2010 until the onset of the COVID pandemic, the Salon’s continued. We were about to celebrate our 10th Anniversary of the salons with a panel of four Peekskill women abstract painters. But once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the salons were abruptly halted,” said Johnson.

For four years the “First Monday Salons” sat idle waiting for its triumphant return. Along the way, the BeanRunner changed their schedule and began closing down on Mondays. “By 2024 it felt safe for us to join together again. So, the first Tuesday in March of 2024 “First Tuesday Salons” returned last month with the very same panel of women painters that was originally scheduled for March of 2020” Johnson stated. 

First Tuesday Salons are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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About the Contributor
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]