For more than 40 years, Earth Day has inspired individuals from around the world to commit to protecting the environment. Earth Day is April 22, but the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council is celebrating all month long.
The Earth Day exhibit, featuring artwork made entirely of recycled material, opens Friday and will be displayed through the end of the month.
"We are trying to educate Stephenville about sustainability and our impact on the environment," said Cathi Coan, CTFAC board member.
Arts students at Stephenville High School used sculptures and other medium to explain how everyday items can be repurposed.
Students used computer parts to create dinosaurs and other animals and crafted necklaces and bracelets using keys and copper wires.
But it's not just the young ones who find beauty and innovation in old parts.
Ed Eldridge, a 60-year-old Tarleton State Universtiy student, creates art using old computers to encourage others to reduce their carbon footprint.
"His work has inspired and sparked my passion for recycling," Coan said.
One piece featured in the exhibit - a brightly colored mannequin made from recycled material - has caught the attention of one major retailer.
"Neiman Marcus has ordered five of them to use in one of their Metroplex locations," Coan said.
When most people consider recycling, they think about things like paper and plastics.
"Consumer electronics are often forgotten about and pushed to the side," Coan said.
But electronics such as computers, printers and telephones can have a more hazardous impact on the environment when dumped in a landfill, according to Coan.
In recognition of Earth Day, CTFAC's River North Gallery will serve as a drop-off location for unused or discarded consumer electronics.
The Earth Day exhibit is open to the public and recycled materials will be accepted from 9 a.m.-noon and 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.