Artists and lovers of the earth come together at the Art Maker’s Outpost Earth Month event

Guillermo Herrera plays a miniature drum kit that he built. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

Art Maker’s Outpost is an art studio loved by artists and nature lovers alike.

The walls are lined with glitter jars, bottle caps, buttons, and other creative materials sourced from the community and diverted from landfills.

These materials are then used in art classes, children’s summer camps, adult bring-your-own-beverage (BYOB) workshops, and community events hosted by Art Maker’s Outpost at 609 South Boulevard.

Earth Month inspired the studio’s recent community event. Between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, children and families stopped by to make art out of recycled materials, paint a large outdoor mural, join a drum circle and eat some cookies.

Community members could also donate used art or take part in a plant swap.

Valerie Kahan, co-founder and creative director of Art Maker’s Outpost, said that while the event provided a fun afternoon of art-making, it also showcased the types of materials the studio collects and how they can be reused.

“Our space is really geared towards helping people imagine how materials can be reused,” Kahan said. “We collect arts and crafts materials that are used with care, but we collect so much more than that.”

Local art lover Lily Mcquarters, 11, attended the event with her mother, Rebecca Phend. She helped paint the outdoor mural and did handicrafts in the studio.

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