Riverside Artists Gallery hosts food drive

Photo by Peyton Neely Jane Ryles, member of Riverside Artists Gallery on Second Street, organizes food donations.

MARIETTA — Many winter traditions are worth revisiting, including the fourth annual “Gifts from the Heart” food and household items drive hosted by the Riverside Artists Gallery.

All donations benefit the Marietta Community Food Pantry.

“We’ve always had a lot of success with it,” said Cathy Norosky, member artist at the Riverside Artists Gallery. “We always consider that the pantry is running low after the holidays and see it as a good time to replenish them.”

The Marietta Community Food Pantry is at the First Congregational Church on Front Street in Marietta.

The gallery kicked off this week-long event during First Friday festivities last week and will accept donations through this Saturday. Donations can be dropped off at the gallery at 219 Second St. in Marietta.

“We also have a lot of Valentine’s Day inspired gifts available,” said Norosky.

Anyone bringing in food or items for the Marietta Community Food Pantry will receive a 10 percent discount on any purchase of artwork at the gallery made the same day. Many of the artists have created special pieces for this event, while others have work on display already that fits the theme, according to Norosky.

Patrons will find jewelry, paintings, clothing, metalwork and sculptures. The jewelry is themed with romance and love splashed in colors of red, pink and white.

There’s a sculpture of a chicken holding his valentine in his beak. All the items are available for purchase.

Items suggested for donation include peanut butter, boxed potatoes, mac and cheese, crackers, canned vegetables such as green beans, corn and beans, canned food such as beef stew, chili and soups, breakfast bars, cereal, tuna or any other non-perishable foods.

They’re also accepting housing items such as paper towels, toilet paper and other household necessities.

“This is one of the better ideas we’ve had,” said Jane Ryles, member artist of the Riverside Artists Gallery. “Any help is appreciated. I hope one day to come in and see someone with a big container with items to donate. We have the room to hold it all.”

The Riverside Artists Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information about “Gifts from the Heart,” or for questions about items needed by the Marietta Community Food Pantry, call the gallery at 740 376-0797.