For a week, trash is treasured at the Maui Mall

FIRST PHOTO: First-place winner “82732580002” by Cecile McMahon appears ready to give a wiry greeting to visitors to The Art of Trash exhibit at the Maui Mall on Thursday afternoon in Kahului. The annual celebration of recycled and repurposed items features an eclectic and inspiring mix of artwork. Dale and Barbara Raines (background) of Lake Havasu, Ariz., said they were impressed with the show. “There’s a lot of talent in here, a lot of creative minds,” Dale Raines said. Art of Trash coordinator Wilma Nakamura said that when juror Ira Ono selected the 68 pieces to be in the show, he had no doubts in naming McMahon’s entry as the top selection. “He really loved that piece,” she said. “It’s impressive. It’s an enormous commitment in time.”

SECOND PHOTO: “Egg Heads” was done by Linda Murphy; listed at $5, it is marked as “sold.” Art of Trash is scheduled to be open every day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through May 17.