Fall Flower Walk in the Park
Join ecologists Claudia and Conrad Vispo from the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program on a leisurely walk through Art Omi Sculpture & Architecture Park. See a variety of early fall wildflowers and their insect visitors, and learn their names and lore. Meet at 10am in the parking lot. The walk is free and suitable for people of all ages (including children), but attendance is limited, so please register early with Claudia@hawthornevalleyfarm.org or 518-672-7994 to reserve your space.
Claudia Knab-Vispo is a field botanist with the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program who originally earned her PhD in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her ethnobotanical and plant ecology research in the tropical forest of Venezuela. For almost two decades, she has been documenting the wild-growing plants on farms, as well as most other habitats throughout Columbia County. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for plants in public ecology walks and through other media, and helps farmers, non-farming landowners and land managers become aware of the diversity, beauty, and utility of wild-growing plants and manage for their continued presence on the land.
Conrad Vispo is a wildlife ecologist with the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program who earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. Before returning to Columbia County, where he grew up, Conrad conducted ecological research on a variety of organisms, including mammals, birds and fish in a variety of places, including the woods of northern Wisconsin and tropical Venezuela. For almost two decades, he has dedicated himself to the study of agroecology in Columbia County and beyond. He is an adjunct researcher with the Harvard Forest.
Join us on Saturday mornings for this popular workshop for young artists ages 5 - 12! Based on a weekly theme and inspired by artworks in the Sculpture & Architecture Park and Newmark Gallery, each workshop includes an outdoor adventure and a hands-on artmaking activity. Led by teaching artists, children are divided into two groups by age and participate in developmentally appropriate projects that encourage curiosity, experimentation, and creative thinking through a variety of materials and experiences.
FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
Playgroup meets on October 2, November 6, December 18 (no Playgroup on December 4), January 8, February 5, March 4, April 1, and May 6.
GROUP DOES NOT MEET OCTOBER 31, NOVEMBER 28 & DECEMBER 26, 2019 AND JANUARY 2, 2020
Gather in the Newmark Gallery on Thursday evenings to sketch, draw, and render from a live male or female nude model. Open to artists of all skill levels ages 16+, each two-hour sessions is self-guided and intended to provide time and space for members of our local community to share in the exploration of this traditional art practice.