Announcing a collaborative program series with St. Ann’s Church, The Natural Beauty of Plum Island: Sea, Seals, Sunsets and More beginning in September. The partnership will hold concurrent art exhibits and a lecture series.
The first art opening reception at the OLPGN Library will be held on Friday, September 16 from 5-7 pm. St. Ann’s will host an art opening luncheon reception at 11:45am on Sunday September 18 following services.
In addition to the art exhibitions, a lecture series to educate about the island’s history, habitat and its preservation will be presented. The public is invited to attend the events and experience an amazing breadth of images of Plum Island in acrylics and pastels by painter John Sargent and photographs by Robert Lorenz. The two exhibits will run until November 23. Experience the unprecedented access given to John and Robert that allowed them to create works depicting beaches, rocky shorelines and coves, wildlife and the occasional visitors who come by boat and ferries. John is a retired art teacher with a studio at his Quaker Hill home and Bob Lorenz is a retired commercial photographer who divides his time between Old Saybrook and New York City.
The lecture series offers four distinct perspectives on the island by experts who will share their insights and knowledge of its importance to our region. All programs begin at 7pm and are free and open to the public. Please note the location for each lecture.
Thursday, Sept 22, 7pm at OLPGN Library: “Preserving Plum Island for Future Generations” by Chris Cryder, Special Projects Coordinator for Save The Sound and Outreach Coordinator for the Preserve Plum Island Coalition. Click here to Register.
Thursday, Oct 6 at Saint Ann’s Church: “Survey of the History of Plum Island” by Amy Folk, Collections Manager Southold Historical Society and co-author of the book, A World Unto Itself, The Remarkable History of Plum Island, New York. To register please call St. Ann’s Church at 860-434-1621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Oct 27, 7pm at OLPGN Library: “Plum Island’s Place in the Geological History of Southern New England” by Ralph Lewis, Connecticut State Geologist Emeritus, and currently part-time Officiate of The Long Island Sound Resource Center at the University of Connecticut- Avery Point and a professor in residence in the Marine Studies Department at UCONN- Avery Point. Click here to Register.
Thursday, November 10 at Saint Ann’s Church: “Plum Island’s Biodiversity, Birds, Bats, Bugs, and Basking Seals” by Matthew D. Schlesinger, PHD Chief Zoologist New York Natural Heritage Program and Adjunct Assistant Professor, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. To register please call St. Ann’s Church at 860-434-1621 or email email@example.com.
Registration is expected for all lectures. For programs at the Library please go online at www.oldlyme.lioninc.org for the online calendar of events or call 860-434-1684 and ask for the Reference Desk. To register at St. Ann’s Church please call 860-434-1621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.