Press Release, Episode 5


Monday, May 11, 2009 


Contact: Jessica Lyness | | 503-913-3882

Environmental Art Group Leave No Plastic Behind
 Presents the Plastic Quilt Project

(Portland, OR). In 1985 the Peace Ribbon Project was started as a peace demonstration. Two years later the Aids Memorial Quilt took shape to remember loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS.  Over two decades later, in March 2009 Leave No Plastic Behind began the Plastic Quilt Project to represent the growing awareness of how plastic affects our ecosystems and bodies. Each 12”x12” square also represents people and families who actively seek alternatives to single-use plastic in their daily lives.

The “United: Plastic Quilt Project” exhibition begins on First Friday, June 5th with an artist reception (plastic-free with wine and food) from 6-8 p.m. Re:Vision Gallery at SCRAP, 2915 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, where Leave No Plastic Behind is now a tenant. The exhibition continues through Tuesday, June 30. Artist’s pre- and post-project statements will also be on display to give a sense of participants’ experience with the project. These can be viewed online at With 18 artists launching the Plastic Quilt Project, many more will contribute in the future as the quilt travels to different places, involving more participants.

Artists take a three month long plastic-free challenge and plastic they do collect is considered a potential part of their final submission for the exhibit. In the past two years, 43 different artists from around the country have participated in an episode of LNPB, several artists have participated in two or more. 

LNPB presents art exhibits and creative events year round to raise awareness about the damaging effects of single use plastic and offers alternative suggestions on how to reduce and reuse. LNPB continues to be inspired by Captain Charles Moore and the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.

ARTISTS (Portland-based, unless otherwise noted)

Kristin Anton                        Kelly Bryan

Vicky DeKrey                        Dani Dennenberg

Laurie Ewing                        Dana Fenwick

Geri Jarvis                             Diane “Ruby Reusable” Kurzyna – Olympia, Washington

Lou Leelyn – Greenfield, Massachusetts

Cheryl Lohrmann               Melissa Porter                       

Lhisa Reish – Olympia, Washington

Mollie Royer                        Ashley Taylor

Jessica Wansart            Kristialyn Young


More information can be found at

 Re:Vision Gallery at SCRAPis located on 2915 NE MLK Jr. Blvd, at Stanton.

”Think Ahead, Leave No Plastic Behind.”
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