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Storm drain paintings encourage central Arkansas to care for the environment

Drain Smart murals are a way for artists to encourage people to stop polluting.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Central Arkansas’s Drain Smart program allows artists to paint messages of saving the environment on storm drain across the area.

63-year-old Diann Blevins learned to paint three years ago.

"I wasn't doing this at all, didn't even know I could…couldn't draw stick figures,” said Blevins.

Her art is on display on a storm drain at the Promenade at Chenal Shopping Center. Three years ago her daughter's dog was run over and she became depressed.

“I thought what can I do to help her. So, I went to get some art supplies and two easels and started doing it with her,” said Blevins.

She painted a message on a storm drain for central Arkansas's Drain Smart program.

“The point I wanted to make is everything that flows out of Little Rock flows into your favorite fishing spot,” said Blevins.

She said it flows into Fourche Creek. She even set up a canvas of the finished product for people to see and ask questions.

“I had a gentleman just a while ago and he said good for you,” said Blevins.

She mixed together her love for the land with her newfound love for painting.

“I'm big on pollution and taking care of our environment anyway and recycling and things like that. And I thought that'd be perfect,” said Blevins.

She hopes her mural message will paint the need for a permanent change to save the environment.

“I just do what I do. I hope it's good enough and I think it will be,” said Blevins.

The deadline for the selected artists to complete their paintings is June 1.