Too Much Take Out? Make It Art!

So you really can make art from trash.

Just ask artist Janet Bernson at her new exhibit “take art from too much take-out and trash from the street” at Theatre 68 in the NoHo Arts District.


Sunday, November 12

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Exhibit will be open from November 13 – 18, from 6pm – 10pm


Theatre 68
5112 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601


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Hot Dog on a Stick – Janet Bernson

So what is the them of the show and how did came up with it?

The pieces are mixed media, combining the items from to-go containers with other trash I have found and stories/poems/rants.

I’ve awakened myself to how much takeout and “disposable” trash I consume and what’s lying around in my immediate environment. It’s not because I never thought about it. I’ve been using discards to make art for quite awhile. But this year I chose to focus more deeply and work with the thoughts in and around our disposable society.

The art is all different. I am eclectic in my approach. There is humor, politics, satire, poetry, interwoven in the exhibit.

What’s your background?

I’ve been an expressive arts facilitator/therapist for about 30 years, working with trauma survivors in shelters, transitional facilities, probation….etc. I also wrote plays and directed theatre here in the NoHo in the nineties – at the Bitter Truth Theatre which is now the FAT DOG!

When my husband died from cancer five years ago I knew it was I who needed to heal myself from the trauma of caregiving and grief. Much of the work I have done since has been an outgrowth of my internal process and subsequent transformation.

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Gaia – Janet Bernson

Why did you choose Theatre 68 as your exhibit space?

My husband, Max Middleton, was a member of Theatre 68. Artistic Director, Ronnie Marmo, was so supportive through our journey. When I told Ronnie I wanted to do an art show – he said “let’s do it here” he was all for it. Theatre 68 has two great spaces – one with raked seats and the other the Flex. The Flex is perfect for exhibiting my art.

You can find Janet here:

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