Kendra Avila re-purposes pallets to create her art.

“In 2014, I started to use shipping pallets,” she said. “I’d take them apart, sand them, then put them back together and make them into sign blanks.”

She first started building furniture from pallets, “but there was more money building signs,” she said.

Kendra attended Delta-Montrose Technical College, receiving a degree in business in 2015. She discovered her art on a pinterest board.

“I was living in Texas, the Davy Crocket Forest, and I was bored and needed something to do.”

The most fun aspect of pallet art for Kendra is doing workshops.

“I like being in the woodshop, itself. When I do workshops, I like interacting with the people.”

She hosted workshops at Junk ‘n Sisters for a while before moving to Dayzee Duke Florals (219 N. 1st St., downtown Montrose), where her work is displayed on a wall in the gallery.

The most challenging aspect of pallet art is “taking apart the pallets,” according to Kendra. “Pallets used to be hard to get,” she added. “Not any more. People call me to come and pick them up. And I never turn them down.” Call Kendra at 497-0154.

As for advice, Kendra recommends trying different ways to create art. “Keep trying until you find what works for you. Keep it up. Keep useable items out of the landfill.

“You can repurpose and reuse. That’s the best,” she said.

Her work can be seen at Dayzee Duke Florals, and at the Vintage Market, March 8 and 9 at the Montrose Event Center.

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