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play in your free time Art Throb The fi ne art of recycling by Pete Lundberg One of the things I love the most about my business is that the beauty created by art- ists, whether contemporary or centuries old, can be enjoyed for generations, unlike other ephemeral objects. Perhaps you can call it the "greenest" of all your possessions. Recently, "green" art has gone a step further with the use of recycled materials. Galleries in cities like Chicago and New York feature artwork made almost entirely of recycled products. Artists visit dumps, recycling centers, building sites and a host of other locales to fi nd materials to incor- porate into a "new" piece. Locally, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County will soon be sponsoring their third annual Salvage Art Show and Sale. It will be held at about 20 galleries in conjunc- tion with Gallery Night on Friday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. Area venues will be fea- turing one or more works from local art- ists made with recycled materials, and the proceeds will benefi t Habitat For Human- ity's ReStore shop, which sells new and used home products at a discount. You will be amazed at the creativity and talent dis- played in these treasures. Have a great October everyone, and try to make time in your day for art in any form—it will enhance your life! Pete Lundberg is not only an art lover but owner of Janus Galleries in Madison. Find more about the Salvage Art Show and Sale at Book Club Walk in the footsteps of these historic heroines Cleopatra: A Life By Stacy Schiff Opulence, betrayal, murder and scan- dal are only a start to describing the life of this Egyptian queen. Find Cleopatra's sensational life illuminated with histori- cal facts that challenge past thoughts on the last queen of Egypt. Published by Hatchette Book Group, $30 Beyond the Myth: The Story of Joan of Arc By Polly Schoyer Brooks In a time dominated by war, plague and religious confl ict, one 19-year-old woman rallies a dispirited French nation. Delve into a portrait of Joan of Arc to fi nd a life that goes beyond religion and inspires all. Published by Sandpiper, $9 Amelia Earhart: The Turbulent Life of an American Icon By Kathleen C. Winters Remembered for her spunk and adventurous spirit, this biography of doomed pilot Amelia Earhart takes you far beyond her public persona and into her complex, unconventional life. Published by Palgrave MacMillan, $25 Above: Artist Ann Windell uses old doors and windows as her canvas, bringing new life to objects that might have ended up in a landfi ll. This piece depicting a blossoming apple tree can be seen at PilateSpa on Atwood Ave. Right: The very talented Bud Skupniewitz created this fun and colorful sculpture out of discarded metal parts, including an old John Deere corn planter. It can be seen at Janus Galleries on Monroe St. The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt By Eleanor Roosevelt Recognized as one of the greatest humanitarians of our time, Eleanor Roosevelt lived a life full of rich experi- ences. In her own words, fi nd a lively and honest look at her life, her politics and so much more. Published by Da Capo Press, $19 Happening this month: Local authors boasting great releases this month include: Becky M. Pourchot's debut memoir, "I Look Better in Binary: Childhood Stories" tells of the author's delightfully funny experiences growing up as a Jewish girl in the Midwest. Meanwhile, writer Kathleen Ernst is back with "The Heirloom Murders." A follow-up to her 2010 murder mystery, join Chloe Ellefson as she hunts for the meaning behind a grisly murder at Old World Wisconsin. 72 BRAVA Magazine October 2011

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