Two trees were painted in the background of a grassy meadow. Another drawing had waves crashing into a beach.
Sruthi Ramesh drew the two paintings.
The 11-year-old State College resident was part of Millbrook Marsh Nature Center’s weeklong mural painting camp in July. The camp allowed 10 children to draw a mural of the marsh area that was painted on a building at the grounds, and freestyle other work.
Sruthi was responsible for drawing a deer, snake and bird — a piece that nature center staff said were some of the more detailed aspects of the mural.
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Sruthi and her brother, Sankar Ramesh, 13, began painting and photographing nature about two years ago.
This year, the two displayed their work at shows in the State College area.
On Thursday night, their work was showcased at the Art Evening at the Marsh event hosted by the nature center.
“It’s something that I always liked to do,” said Sruthi, the Mount Nittany Middle School sixth-grader.
The event was organized as a class project for a Penn State student, and a way to raise money for Millbrook Marsh.
It showcased art from about a dozen local artists who agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds to the nature center.
In the event’s first year, recreation supervisorMolly Hetrick said the nature center didn’t have a fundraising goal in mind.
But for the artists, they hoped their work flew off the shelves so they could give back to a good cause.
In her free time, she paints. It’s a hobby she started about 10 years ago, and she is now a member of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, the Farmland Preservation Artists and the Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society.
Shuey has a degree in landscape architecture, but “never chose the design path” of her studies, as a career, she said.
“It’s so complementary of what I do at ClearWater Conservancy,” Shuey said. “It’s a creative outlet with the synergy of drawing people to the natural environment through art.”
Shuey’s drawing on display was a pastel watercolor painting of a scene from Millbrook Marsh near the bridge over Thompson Run.
“It probably took about two hours, but it was a way to capture the beauty of nature,” Shuey said.
Other works on display were more intricate paintings of local landscape and photographs of the environment.
The event idea was sparked in June after Cory Sprankle had to complete a project for an event-planning class.
The senior is studying recreation, park and tourism management, and began interning with the nature center this year.
“It was the perfect opportunity to actually set up an event and plan it all the way through for my class,” Sprankle said.
His teacher, Kathleen Raupach, said she taught her students all aspects of event planning, from marketing the event, to setting the mood for visitors and thanking guests afterward.
“When they do this, they’re representing themselves, their peers and most importantly, the organization they’re planning the event for,” she said. “We want to make sure they’re doing the best work possible.”
The art show is something the nature center hopes to host again, Hetrick said.
Until then, Hetrick said the nature center’s biggest event is coming the first week of November with the Harvest Festival that includes the scarecrow-stuffing contest.