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Living with Pollinators: Virtual Event
Wednesday, September 15, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Living with Pollinators: Biodiversity and Artistic Practice in the Hudson Valley with Lisa Sanditz, Paula Hayes, and Fox Farm Apiary
Presented by Thomas Cole National Historic Site and The Olana Partnership at Olana State Historic Site
Join artists Paula Hayes, Lisa Sanditz, and beekeeper Chris Layman from Fox Farm Apiary for a virtual conversation centering around art, ecology, and environmental stewardship. Work by Hudson Valley-based artists Paula Hayes and Lisa Sanditz are included in “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment”, on view at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana State Historic Site. Hayes and Sanditz both explore human interactions with and within the natural world. Hayes sculpts and forms living artworks, including hand-blown glass terrariums that require regular care and examine the implications of growing and maintaining large and small-scale ecosystems. Lisa Sanditz’s work and new artists’ map created with Emily Sartor, “Thrilling Tales and Startling Adventures – An Unofficial Guide to Pollinators of the Hudson Valley,” illuminates the importance of our local pollinators and their habitats, while flagging human impact on biodiversity. The artists will be joined by beekeeper Chris Layman of Fox Farm Apiary, a honeybee rescue and sanctuary in the Hudson Valley that also maintains an apiary at Olana’s farm complex. This webinar will explore the timely artistic and ecological connections between art, environmental stewardship, and our role in local habitats.
The panel will be co-moderated by Amanda Malmstrom, Assistant Curator at Thomas Cole National Historic Site, and Carolyn Keogh, Director of Education and Public Programs at The Olana Partnership.
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