In an effort to help raise awareness of conservancy, art students from the Darien Arts Center have created the Drawn to Nature art show, which will hang at the Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Road, from Feb. 9 to 23.

An opening reception takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9.

Approximately 20 students have submitted more than 25 pieces to the show.

In addition to learning about the benefits of conservancy, DAC students discovered that artists have long used nature and recycled materials as inspiration. In turn, each student has created a work that represents an element from nature or uses re-purposed materials.

Displaying the show at the Darien Nature Center gave the DAC the opportunity to tie-in with the nature-oriented theme.

"The nature center is a wonderful venue for displaying our work. We are very appreciative and excited about this creative collaboration," Beth Cherico, DAC visual arts director, said.

The "green" works in the show were submitted from students in a variety of classes at the DAC. Classes that contributed artwork include "Experimental Methods," which explores innovative ways to create, and "Sculpt & Build," which features assorted sculptural methods. "Drawing: Looking Closer," which examines drawing landscapes, portraits and still life, and the acrylic painting class, which teaches composition, design and perspective, also had contributed.

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