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World-renowned artist McKay Otto can help you turn ‘Trash to Treasure

A class taught by McKay Otto, 'Trash to Treasure,' is 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. June 18 at the Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City. Students can bring their own materials or use the ones provided.

JOHNSON CITY – An afternoon at the Hill Country Science Mill in Johnson City is a great way for the whole family to escape the summer heat, and with McKay Otto’s “Trash to Treasure” workshop this coming Saturday, there’s no greater time to visit.

Otto is a world-renowned artist recognized for finding a thought-provoking middle ground between painting and sculpting. He has had exhibits presented in galleries across the state and is celebrated for his ability to create works that seem to transcend specific mediums of art.

On June 18, from 10 a.m.-noon and again from 2-4 p.m., he’ll be facilitating a class for ages 8 and older on taking recyclable materials and repurposing them to make new art. Participants can use the materials provided or bring their own. The class serves as an exercise in looking at things of seemingly little value from a whole new perspective.

And after you’ve finished the class, feel free to drop by Otto’s “Silo of McKays” exhibit, a “multidimensional art installation” housed at the Science Mill.

The Hill Country Science Mill is located at 101 S. Ladybird Lane. Go to or call (844) 263-6405 for more information.


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