Art Omi kicks off its 2022 Ecology Series

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A series of walking tours exploring ecology & landscape

in the Sculpture & Architecture Park 

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Ghent, NY, April 2022 Art Omi is excited to announce its 2022 Ecology Series, kicking off on April 30 with a bird walk through its Sculpture & Architecture Park led by the Alan Devoe Bird Club. Art Omi’s sculptural and architectural installations cannot be experienced separately from the surrounding landscape, and the Ecology Series will now provide guided opportunities to engage more deeply with our natural setting. This yearlong series will encompass experiences with Art Omi’s bird life, native plants, seasonal landscapes, and pollinators, with each tour led by an experienced local partner or artist.

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Bird Walk with Alan Devoe Bird Club
April 30 at 8 AM

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The Alan Devoe Bird Club promotes the conservation of natural resources and the enjoyment and protection of birds, flora, and fauna of Columbia County. Join the club for a bird walk through Art Omi’s Sculpture and Architecture Park, which offers 200 acres of hedgerow, woodland, grassland, and pond habitat. Green Heron are often sighted. Meet at 8 AM in Art Omi’s parking lot at 1405 CR 22, Ghent, NY. This event is free.

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Native Plants Walk with Glenda Berman
May 7 at 11 AM

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Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Glenda Berman will lead participants on a tour of Art Omi’s wetlands and woodlands, sharing her knowledge of plants and the folklore of spring ephemerals. Berman will identify native spring ephemerals and the invasive plants that threaten them, and discuss how to properly identify and remove invasive plants in order to protect native species. This tour is $15 for non-members and free for Art Omi members.

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Seasonal Landscape Walk with Artist Brece Honeycutt 
June 4 at 11 AM and October 1 at 11 AM

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Participants in each of these two seasonal landscape walks will take a sketchbook or notecard and walk amongst the flora, birds, and trees on the grounds of Art Omi. The artist-guided walk will include poems and readings that accentuate natural occurrences on the ground and in the air. Tour leader Brece Honeycutt holds a B.A. in Art History from Skidmore College and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Columbia University, and makes nature-based and history-based drawings, sculptures, and installations. Each tour is $15 for non-members and free for Art Omi members. 

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Pollinator Walk with Fox Farm Apiary
July 30 at 11 AM

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Fox Farm Apiary and its owners Chris and Lisa Layman mentor other beekeepers and offer honeybee and native pollinator education to the public. Chris keeps 140 beehives at locations in 5 counties including Olana State Historic Site, Greene Land Trust, Opus 40 Stone Sculpture Park, and the Thorn Preserve in Woodstock. On this tour, he will lead a walk around the Sculpture & Architecture Park, identifying native bees on his favorite plants, and discussing pollinators, bee nutrition, and the plants that support them. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the irreplaceable role pollinators play in the ecosystem. This tour is $15 for non-members and free for Art Omi members. 

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Flower Walk with Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program
September 10 at 11 AM

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Ecologist Claudia Knab-Vispo from the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program leads a leisurely flower walk through Art Omi’s Sculpture & Architecture Park. See a variety of early fall wildflowers and their insect visitors, and learn their names and lore. The walk is free and suitable for people of all ages, including children.

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Find out more about any of the Art Omi’s Ecology Series Tours at artomi.org, or email tours@artomi.org. Pre-registration is required for all tours.

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Art Omi Sculpture & Architecture Park

Art Omi presents large-scale works in nature, as well as indoor exhibitions in a 1,500 square foot gallery. The Sculpture & Architecture Park currently offers more than 60 works by artists and architects on view. Art Omi has five distinct residency programs, and a thriving education program which serves people of all ages and abilities with contemporary art and ideas in a stimulating and dynamic community.

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Art Omi believes that exposure to internationally diverse creative voices fosters tolerance and respect, raises awareness, inspires innovation, and ignites change. By forming community with creative expression as its common denominator, Art Omi creates a sanctuary for the artistic community and the public to affirm the transformative quality of art. Art Omi is a not-for-profit arts center with a 120-acre sculpture and architecture park and gallery, residency programs for international artists, writers, translators, musicians, architects and dancers.

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1405 County Route 22

Ghent, NY 12075-3809 

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