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Eco-Art Festival to be Held at Lake Herrick

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The first Eco-Art Festival is being held at Lake Herrick Saturday. The event, which organizers hope will become an annual tradition, is being hosted by a group of community-engaged students at the UGA. Elizabeth Wrobel is a PhD student in the department of infectious diseases and one of the event organizers.

“We had paired artists with UGA researchers to create art that is inspired by the lake,  Wrobel said.

Wrobel said the Eco-Art Festival is a way to highlight environmental issues through art.

“To get people to think about these really complex and sometimes controversial subjects through a medium that’s really creative,” Wrobel said. “Eco-art isn’t really limited to any specific type of art. We have people making sculptures, doing different types of installation pieces made out of natural materials, paintings, photos, ink drawings.”

The festival will be held at the recently-renovated Lake Herrick Pavilion from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

“We also are going to be providing a lot of snacks, a community art project, different craft tables for kids, making your own clay sculpture and we’ll also have face painting,”Wrobel said. “We’re also teaming up with a group, they’re called trash music, and they’re creating instruments out of trash and they’re going to put on a little show.”

Lake Herrick’s entire 15-acres are contained on the UGA campus, but it is open to the entire community.

To learn more about the event, visit lakeherrickart.wordpress.com.