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‘Recycled’ art contest celebrates Earth Day
Public voting runs through Wednesday
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"Little Girl" by South Forsyth High School student Lyddy O'Brien. - photo by Frank Reddy
The Avenue Forsyth has joined with South Forsyth High School and a local environmental organization to celebrate Earth Day through creations from some talented student artists.

As part of its art curriculum, South students were encouraged to transform soda cans, water bottles, cardboard boxes and other recyclable materials into works of art.

Visitors can decide which of the 10 “recycled” art pieces they think is the best by voting through Wednesday, which is Earth Day, at Barnes & Noble in the Avenue Forsyth, off Ga. 400’s Exit 13.

Residents can vote by recycling plastic bottles on site, with each plastic bottle counting as a vote.

A judging panel, which includes several local artists and Amanda Kroll, director of the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, will choose first, second and third place winners.

The winning artists, as well as a voters’ choice winner, will be recognized during an April 25 ceremony at the Avenue. They will receive gift cards for Avenue retailers.

Forsyth Central and South Forsyth high school marketing students helped plan and promote the event, which will feature giveaways and performances by local musicians.

Tammy Wright, director of Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, said the opportunity to work with the school system and merchants “will help our organization fulfill its mission of working with local businesses to improve beautification, litter reduction and recycling.”

To promote Earth Day, the organization also encourages residents to wear green on April 22 to show their support of the occasion, “a simple action that will help remind people about Earth Day,” Wright said.

The county department also plans a community cleanup on April 25, which will cover much of Cumming’s downtown area.

Volunteer groups plan to meet at 11 a.m., with a celebration lunch and prizes at Veterans Memorial Boulevard. The event localizes the Keep America Beautiful event, the Great American Cleanup.

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