Participants include Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Marine Program, April Gornik with Gimme 5 (bring your #5 recyclables!), Singer/Songwriter Julia King, Matcha Bar, Mattituck Environmental, Nancy Miller and Plan Bee Balms, Montauk Oceans Institute, Delaney Oser with Hamptons Macaroni Kids, Cindy Pease Roe and UpSculpt, Riverhead Marine Foundation, Surfrider Foundation, Tesla, Eco-Artist Aurelio Torres, Union Cantina, Edwina von Gal and the Perfect Earth Project, and Mary Woltz and The Bee’s Needs
The Whale Tail Sculpture Project
North Fork Artist Cindy Pease Roe has taken up residence at Southampton Arts Center along with a whale tail armature made from steel and upcycled derelict lobster traps retrieved from Long Island Sound, courtesy of Cornell Extension’s Marine Removal and Prevention Project. The tail has been filled with marine debris, as well as messages from the community placed in small bottles retrieved from local beaches, which has inspired the name “Wishing Whale.” The Wishing Whale will be displayed on the grounds of Southampton Arts Center through the Summer for all to enjoy.
The Wishing Whale is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Richard King Mellon Family Foundation.
Free EARTH DAY Event
Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 2-5 PM
In celebration of the completion of the Wishing Whale, Southampton Arts Center will be holding a special Earth Day event. The event will include many environmental organizations and passionate individuals.
Refreshments will be made available compliments of Union Cantina and Matcha Bar. Matcha is a Japanese powdered green tea, historically used to enhance one’s focus, energy, and alertness.
What does it feel like to go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds without a drop of gasoline? You’re about to find out as Tesla will be on site during the event, and will be extending an exclusive opportunity to test drive the award-winning Model S. Test drives are limited and first come first serve, and they will also be raffling off a Model S Sedan to take home for 24-hours. Tesla’s award winning Model S, now with Autopilot features, is an evolution in automobile engineering. The 100% electric motor will propel you from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 2.5 seconds, without hesitation and without a drop of gasoline. With the highest safety rating in America and up to 315-mile range, the Model S redefines performance driving.
Representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program’s Fisheries Team will be in attendance to talk about sustainable fisheries and how you can support the local commercial fishing industry by eating F.I.S.H.–fresh, indigenous, sustainable, and healthy. You can also learn about their extensive effort that has lead to the removal of 376.5 metric tons of marine debris in the form of derelict lobster traps from our local waters; some of which were utilized in Cindy Pease Roe’s sculpture. CCE’s Fisheries Team will also be leading some fun fish-focused children’s activities for guests to enjoy throughout the day. ccesuffolk.org/marine.
Guests can also stop by the Perfect Earth Project table to make and decorate a native “bee hotel” using upcycled and natural materials. Learn about the importance of native bee populations and take home a “hotel” to help them flourish in your backyard. Perfect Earth Project is an East Hampton-based nonprofit founded by Edwina von Gal that promotes toxin-free lawns and landscapes for the heath of people, their pets, and the environment. perfectearthproject.org.
UpSculpt will be conducting a workshop for all ages during the course of the event, and attendees can make whimsical creatures out of recycled marine debris to take home. There will be additional children’s activities throughout day including an Earth Day-themed “Crafternoon” with Delaney Oser and Macaroni Kid Hamptons and boat building with recycled materials with eco artist, Aurelio Torres. Bring your #5 recyclables for collection with April Gornik for Gimme 5, and meet representatives of the Surfrider Foundation East End Chapter, Montauk Oceans Institute, Riverhead Marine Foundation, and Mattituck Environmental. Learn about the beauty of bees with Bee Keeper and advocate Mary Wolk of The Bee’s Needs and Nancy Miller of Plan Bee Balms, and enjoy live music from singer/songwriter Julia King.
Since January Southampton Arts Center and Cindy Pease Roe have offered monthly workshops to the community, offering participants the opportunity to create their own whimsical whale sculptures from marine plastics. These whales will be on display at the center on Earth Day.
About Cindy Pease Roe
Cindy Pease Roe’s has always been an artist but her focus and passion began when she lived and worked onboard a sailboat cruising from Cape Cod to the Caribbean. “I have seen dramatic changes in and on the sea over many years, from a body of water that was pristine and teaming with life to an ocean that is under a lot of stress. Marine plastics are one of the many issues that the oceans are facing today. The flotsam and jetsam has changed since I was a kid from sea glass and shells to one-use plastics and derelict fishing gear.”
Cindy’s paintings and sculptures are inspired by her deep kinship with the sea, which has influenced her art visually expressing its serenity, its history, its function and its vulnerability. “The first thing I do when I wake up is check the tides.” Her overarching connection to nautical life is conveyed in paintings of endangered working waterfronts and seascapes. She works in a variety of media to capture the depth of her subject, including oil paints, encaustics, photography and plastic marine debris. By collecting plastic debris that she finds on her walks along the coast and transforming it into thought-provoking and visually stimulating sculptures, she has garnered the interest of art lovers, environmental activists and schoolchildren all over the world with her vision.
She has had studios on Cape Cod, Nantucket, Manhattan, Sagaponack, Sausalito, Shenzhen (China). Her current studio is in a historic boatyard overlooking Sterling Harbor in Greenport. Cindy was a long-time resident of the South Fork in Sagaponack and currently resides in Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island. upsculpt.com #UpSculpt #ProjectWhaleTail
For more info on Earth Day, visit http://www.earthday.org/.
Southampton Arts Center honors Blue Sphere Foundation and its Founder, Shawn Heinrichs, in a seven week presentation of Shawn’s works of art, curated by Matthew Hockley Smith. The exhibit seeks to inspire action and drive conservation of our oceans and the vulnerable marine life within them.