Our Environment. Our Home. OUR CHALLENGE.

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Area artists can submit artwork for the ECO-Art (& Craft) Competition as part of Otsego County Conservation Association’s annual Earth Festival event this spring. Artists of all ages and skill levels can enter artwork of any kind, provided it is created primarily with repurposed, reused and/or recycled material.

The Community Arts Network of Oneonta (CANO) is organizing the ECO-Art (& Craft) competition. CANO will be awarding first and second prize in each of the following categories: Youth (under 10 years old); Teen (ages 10-17); and Adult (18 and up).

“Even if your artwork is not a winner, it will inspire others to consider how they can reconsider putting everyday discards to new use,” said Flo Loomis, who is coordinating the competition for CANO.

Earth Festival occurs at Milford Central School on Saturday, April 13 from 11am to 3pm. Items must be brought to the school by 10am on the morning of the event, and must be picked up at the end of the day, unless other arrangements are made. Pre-registration is suggested, though not required. An entry form is available at occainfo.org/earth-festival/.

“The ECO-Art Competition is a beloved part of Earth Festival and we’re thrilled that CANO is taking this on,” said OCCA Executive Director, Leslie Orzetti. “It’s heartening to see how creative people can be with their no longer useful items.”

In addition to Earth Festival, all ECO-Art works are eligible to be part of a show at the Wilber Mansion, CANO’s Oneonta headquarters, the last weekend in May. Information will be given to entrants at Earth Festival.

For further information about ECO-Art, contact Flo Loomis at (607) 293-6627 or lojac@dmcom.net . For general information about Earth Festival or to download an entry form, visit www.occainfo/earth-festival/.

Founded in 1968, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.