Photo exhibit documents waste turned into art

Arleen Thaler is cleaning up plastic from the Lake Ontario shoreline and turning it into art

A local photographer has made it her mission to clean up waste along the Lake Ontario shoreline and turn it into art.

Arleen Thaler stops at beaches along the lake from Hamlin to Braddock Bay to Charlotte to Webster Park, focusing on picking up plastic and arranging it by color to use in art.

The goal is to show how plastic, despite its usefulness for many things, can affect the environment.

The art will be on display at the Flower City Arts Center on Monroe Avenue starting tomorrow through Sept. 6. Plastics: Our Weakness kicks off with a reception tomorrow from 6-9 p.m.

Thaler joined us on Good Day Rochester, along with Megan Charland, photography program manager at Flower City Arts Center, to share more about the exhibit and why started this endeavor.

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