"We have some artists who are into environmental issues," said Shelley Aiken, program director for the gallery. "They came up with the idea. It's a good way to collaborate on an event with other organizations."
Classes on the schedule use waste paper, bottles, bottle caps, potato chip bags and other waste products to make something new. Some Earth Day classes have a fee; others are free. Preregistration is required for some classes.
There's no cost to enter the Arts Centre and walk through the gallery.
Jane Ping, an artist and teacher from Hedgesville, W.Va., will lead a paper-making class.
"We'll be making recycled paper from materials that would ordinarily be thrown away, like phone books, old magazines, shredded documents, Christmas wrapping paper," she said. "If it's paper and you throw it away, you can make paper out of it."
Paper will be torn, pulverized, blended with water and spread on a screen. Ping will work with papermakers to manipulate color, texture and other unpredictable artistic elements to enhance the beauty of the new-made paper.
"Once made, they can keep the paper as is or fold it into a card," Ping said. "It's just beautiful in itself."
She said papermaking is fun, but should be kept in context.
"Yes, we're doing small art work," she said. "The larger message is recycle. It's up to the individual. As a group, we can make a big difference."
For a complete schedule of classes, go to www.theartcentre.org and click on Earth Days, or call 304-263-0224.
A few Earth Day-related activities scheduled in the Tri-State area this weekend:
Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Renfrew Institute will host a variety of events in the theme of Earth Day on Saturday, April 19. The third annual Recycle/Reuse Yard Sale will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Popular interactive and hands-on Earth Day-related exhibits will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; these are a highlight of the day, according to Andrea Struble, director of public relations. "The exhibits are very engaging," she said. "And the setting (behind Renfrew Institute) is beautiful." Other highlights: artists demonstrating their work, craft stations for children, a drum circle, and a folk music concert by Slim Harrison and Tom Jolin. Everything is free and open to the public. For complete information, call 717-762-0373.
Audubon Wildflower Festival
JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.Va. - The Potomac Valley Audubon Society's annual spring Wildflower Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, rain or shine, at Yankauer Nature Preserve, north of Shepherdstown, W.Va. Festival activities include wildflower walks and craft making; there is a scavenger hunt for children. Goose Route Arts Collaborative dance company will perform. Free admission. Yankauer preserve is north of Shepherdstown, on Whiting's Neck Road. Get directions online at www.potomacaudubon.org. For more information, call PVAS at 304-676-3397.
Annual Earth Day Festival
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - For the Love of Children Outdoor Education Center will host its yearly Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 20. Paul Pritchard, founder and president of the National Park Trust, will speak. Other activities include crafts, storytelling, site tours and a 5-K race. There will also be live music. The 5K starts at 9 a.m., registration at 8; the festival is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission; 5K registration costs $15. For the Love of Children Outdoor Education Center, 671 FLOC Way, Harpers Ferry. Call 304-725-0409 or go to www.flocoutdoors.org.
Earth Day Frog Walk
FAIRFIELD, Pa. - Bring a flashlight to find spring peepers, toads, newts and other amphibians. The walk is 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22; register by April 21. Costs $3.75 for non-members; free for members. Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, 1537 Mount Hope Road, Fairfield. Call 717-642-5840 or go to www.strawberryhill.org.
Talks on historic preservation
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A discussion of topics related to natural and historic preservation will feature guest speakers Mark Madison, a historian for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, and Shepherd University students Nicholas Redding and Barbara Fisher. 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the auditorium of the Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, Shepherd University. For information, contact David Hotstetter, 304-876-5701 or via e-mail, email@example.com; Keith Alexander, 304-876-5053, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go ...
WHAT: Earth Days, a series of classes and films encouraging reducing consumption or reusing resources; also a food demonstration
WHERE: The Arts Centre, 300 W. King St., Martinsburg, W.Va.
WHEN: Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20; classes begin at 1 and 3 p.m. both days; films shown on a loop; cooking demo at 1:30 Sunday.
CONTACT: 304-263-0224 or go to www.theartcentre.org