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Tuesday, 08 December 2015 00:00

Natalie Krol: Turning Trash into Treasure Featured

Kelly Klymenko


The Art of Recycling . . .

Turning Trash into Treasure Natalie Krol – Participating Artist Profile

The Sedona Arts Center will present an evocative and thought-provoking exhibition of high-end artworks created from recycled and repurposed materials throughout January 2016. The exhibition highlights the unrecognized value of everyday materials that have been upcycled into artistic gems .

More than 40 artists in northern Arizona have rallied to the challenge of adjusting their vision to reimagine everyday objects as components of artistic masterpieces. In many cases, their inspiration started in their own studios, digging through their “bone yards” to see how bits and pieces they have kept might be repurposed.

For Natalie Krol, the challenge began at Prescott-based Patriot Disposal’s recycling operation. This was a new experience for Krol and required that she see “trash” through a new lens. Once her vision adjusted, myriad possibilities emerged.

“All the materials had been used in some form,” says Krol. “I integrated their intrinsic crimps, cuts, welds and patinas to enhance the primitive beauty of each recycled piece. I felt the beauty of the used materials became the artwork itself.”

A wall piece titled “Patriot’s Way” emerged.

“I used mostly copper metals and added some steel and stainless steel with a tiny touch of brass.” In the final polishing process, she made it a point to not to erase the evidence of prior use.

This was Krol’s first experience working with repurposed materials. In an art career spanning 7 decades, Krol has first envisioned the artwork, then used new, special-order materials to bring it to fruition—often in monumental proportions.

"Film Strip USA,” a tribute to the movie industry in southern California, is 32 feet long, 18 feet high and 16 feet wide. Composed of welded stainless steel, it weighs 14,000 pounds! When first installed amidst a reflection pond in 1981, it was the largest stainless steel artwork created by a woman.

More than 50 of Krol’s public artworks can be seen throughout the United States and abroad, and well over 1,000 artworks reside in private collections. But Krol doesn’t rest on her laurels. She still “does art” on a daily basis.

“I take pleasure in knowing that every day, all over the world, someone sees my work,” she says.

Krol’s Prescott home is surrounded by a sculpture garden and includes two studios, a “clean” studio for drawing and painting, and another for sculpture. The latter is two stories tall with a one-ton hoist, a loading dock and tools of the sculpting trade. The space is infused with natural light and the joy of creation. As is Natalie Krol herself.

Visit to learn more about the artist and her work.

“The Art of Recycling…Turning Trash into Treasure” exhibition opens on January 1, 2016, at the Sedona Arts Center and culminates in a Live Auction and Gala Event on January 30, 2016, with Sedona Fire Chief Kris Kazian serving as auctioneer.

The exhibition ties the community together with nonprofit and for-profit partners to offer a series of related events celebrating the earth and emphasizing the need to conserve our limited natural resources through sustainable practices. Visit for a list of activities taking place throughout the month of January.

For more information visit or contact Pam Frazier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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