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Recycled Art for Earth Day

Recycled Art for Earth DayRecycled Art for Earth Day

Making art from recyclable things was how Earth Day (April 22) was celebrated at the Parkersburg Art Center, in West Virginia, the US, on Saturday.

Heather Royer, of Parkersburg, was one of the organizers of the event and said the free family event was titled ‘Every Day Should be Earth Day’.

“This is our third year and it’s goal is to propel environmental awareness and issues with the environment,” she said. “Our featured event was an art competition for first through eighth grade students where they make a sculpture from plastic water bottles and other materials.”

For this year Royer said the theme for the sculptures was “gardens” and it was up to the young artists to decide how they would reach that goal, reported.

“Some made small plots and others made large gardens,” she said. “They don’t have to be functional.”

Royer said the Earth Day event is her pet project and she got the Wood County Solid Waste Authority and the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta to sponsor the project. The art center plays a large part in allowing them to use its education facility, she said.

Royer, who is an art teacher, said the Earth Day event came from discussions with the society. “I am an art teacher and I love the environment so I combined those two things.”

Casey Jenkins, of Parkersburg, said it helped to make the children aware of landfills. “I like that they teach the kids not to put everything in landfills.”