Art center brings awareness

PARKERSBURG – In an effort to help promote recycling, organic gardening and environmental awareness, the first Every Day Should Be Earth Day event took place Saturday at the Parkersburg Art Center.

“We are teaching the community about local resources, great local green resources,” said Heather Royer, director of EDSBEDS (Every Day Should Be Earth Day). “We have local artists, businesses and any organizations involved with the environment.

“What we are trying to do is combine our passion for the arts with our passions for the earth and bring them together to promote a greener lifestyle,” she said.

Royer said Saturday’s event at the Parkersburg Art Center was sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marietta and their group called Green Sanctuary.

One activity for children was to make robot models from a bag of recycled materials. Royer said the prizes were a Kindle Fire for first place and an iPod Shuffle for second.

Katie Miller and her daughter Shayna, both of Parkersburg, said they like to go to artistic events.

“It’s an activity for us and lets us be together and express herself in an art way,” Katie Miller said. “She seems to like art. It opens her to express herself.”

Belinda Richards, of Vienna, was giving away organically-grown plants she and her grandmother Phyllis DeMoll raised in the greenhouses of their Vienna homes. Richards said her grandmother taught her everything she knows about gardening.

“These are completely non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) organic,” she said. “The reason we are doing this is I think by giving somebody a free plant it will encourage them to plant it, maybe they will develop a love for gardening.”

Richards said they brought 150 plants that were a mix of Anaheim peppers, several varieties of tomatoes and sweet basil. She said they also had some flowering plants and shamrock her grandmother grew.

“We grew them in our greenhouses,” she said. “We’re not with any organization, we just do this because we love to garden.”

Richards they are also collecting donations for the Family Crisis Center of Parkersburg.