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Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program Launching New Art + Science Integrative Initiative

Nicole Barylski

A spectacular marine inspired exhibition is in the works.

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Marine Program has joined forces with local artist Kara Hoblin of the North Fork Art Collective to present a Buoys for the Bays Art + Awareness Event on Saturday, October 20.

But, before the one-day art show and auction launches, CCE is seeking artistic odes to the sea to be showcased. "We're excited to partner with Kara Hoblin and the North Fork Art Collective on this effort," Kimberly Barbour, Marine Program Outreach Manager, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, expressed. "They will be helping recruit members of their Collective, and artists at large, to create inspiring works of art on the reclaimed buoys that were donated by members of our local fishing community."

Local fishing community members, including Arthur Kretschmer, Philip Karlin, Edward Rodman, Nathanial Miller, and Mitchell Fulcher Jr., have donated the buoys which will serve as the canvases for the Buoys for the Bays works.

"For our latest Art + Science integrative initiative we are seeking responses from artists wanting to create buoys that will be auctioned in support of the work of CCE Marine Program," Barbour shared. "We'll be bringing this concept to locations across Long Island over the next year, but we're kicking off the initiative on the North Fork!

For those that find inspiration from the sea, but would prefer a little bit of guidance from professional artists, CCE will also host a "Buoys for the Bays Painting Party" on Friday, October 12 at Borghese Vineyard. The gathering will commence at 6 p.m. and completed pieces will be featured in the exhibit and auction.

"For 'aspiring artists' that need access to supplies and instruction, we welcome you to join us and members for the NOFO Art Collective for a Buoy Painting Party at Borghese on October 12," Barbour noted. "We'll provide all the materials needed to create a buoy for our exhibit, and you'll receive a complimentary glass of our official wine, 'Rose for the Bays' and a Back to the Bays Membership as a thank you for your $20 registration fee and buoy art donation!"

The Buoys for the Bays Art + Awareness Initiative and Exhibit will take place at Borghese Vineyard in Cutchogue on Saturday, October 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.

"At the art opening and celebration on October 20 we will have some of our experts and educators on hand to provide outreach and information on the work we are doing to help restore local shellfish populations, and how we are working with the local commercial fishing community to help preserve this important maritime industry while making it more sustainable," Barbour added.

Buoys and information packages can be found at North Fork Art Collective (15 Front Street, Greenport), which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., CCE Marine Center (Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center) (3690 Cedar Beach Road. Southold), which is open from Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Borghese Vineyard (17150 Rte. 48, Cutchogue), which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists may submit up to three pieces and there is no fee to enter. Submissions must be received by Monday, October 15.

Proceeds support Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program's "Back to the Bays Initiative" - which encourages "stakeholder engagement in CCE's: Water Quality Protection Initiatives; Habitat Improvement Projects; Shellfish and Fin Fish Research and Restoration; and Youth and Community Education Experiences."

For more information, visit ccesuffolk.org.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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