Tuesday, November 22, 2011

“Protecting Our Waters and Our Land”
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Great Swamp Watershed Association

Bernardsville Library is pleased to present “Protecting Our Waters and our Lands,” a new exhibition of fine art featuring artists’ visions of one of New Jersey’s last wildernesses: the Great Swamp. The exhibition will run for two months, from December 1, 2011 through January 27, 2012, with half of the show in the library and half across the street at Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery. The opening reception will be during BernArtsville Art Walk on Friday, December 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the library (6:00 to 9:00 pm at Studio 7). Participating artists, as well as representatives from the Great Swamp Watershed Association will be in attendance. There is no charge to attend and no sign-up is needed.

Located less than a stone’s throw from some of the state’s most densely populated urban and suburban centers, the Great Swamp’s large, undeveloped tracts of forest and wetlands provide a safe haven for a wide variety of plants and animals that have been pushed out of other areas by human activity. The intrinsic natural beauty of the Great Swamp and the ten towns it touches have inspired 25 well-established artists—many of them local—to create a multitude of stunning works in oil, pastels, watercolors, photography, and other media. The exhibit honors the Great Swamp Watershed Association’s ongoing commitment to the protection of the Great Swamp’s environmentally sensitive waters and land.

Founded in 1981, the Great Swamp Watershed Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the water and land of the 36,000-acre watershed region in Morris and Somerset counties. It works to maintain the beauty and health of the open space, and to monitor and protect five streams: Loantaka Brook, Great Brook, Primrose Brook, Black Brook, and the Upper Passaic—which feed into the Passaic River and provide drinking water to more than a million people.

Participating artists include: Stephanie Amato, Albert L. Ross, Jr., Charlie Churchill, Mark de Mos, Susan Donnell, Tim Gaydos, Gerry Heydt, Rae Hoffman, Lee W. Hughes, Ari Kaufman, Carol Livingston, James McGunley, Douglas Merritt, Danielle Mick, Neil Nappe, Nancy Ori, Anthony Panzera, Robert W. Pillsbury, Linda Quinn, John Reilly, Charles Robinson, Elliott Ruga, Deborah Seymour, Alana Van Rensselear and Ray Yaros.

For further information, call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

Painting: "Fallen Giants" by Mark de Mos

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