Local residents are already preparing for the upcoming season of love, thanks to Mary Fogleman and her project, Be My Recycled Valentine.
Fogleman hosted a public craft session on Jan. 23, at the Douglas Art Association Gallery, where over 15 participants joined together to create one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day cards.
The cards were made using a variety of recycled paper materials.
“Basically I just hate to throw anything good away,” said Fogleman. “When I saw different things going into the recycling bin that had cardstock or plain paper, I just thought ‘oh I could do something with that’, so I would save it and it has kind of evolved.”
Fogleman is a member of the Douglas Art Association, and says she has never been able to be an active member as she works full-time. However, she works to contribute to her membership by providing events such as these.
This time around was Fogleman’s second year hosting Be My Recycled Valentine; she says she hopes to continue a similar event for Mother’s and Father’s Day.
“I love doing crafts and things and Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to get creative because there are all these fun things you can do,” Fogleman said. “I think anyone can make something they love from nothing or trash.”
The Douglas Art Association is working to retain membership and participation from the community. The gallery is currently showcasing work from students of Paul Huber Middle School, which will be featured throughout the remainder of the month.
For more information about the gallery, and it’s upcoming events, visit Douglas Art Gallery on Facebook.