Wild in Stewart Park: Sights and Sounds from the Park We Love

by Friends of Stewart Park on April 17, 2017

When: Tuesday, May 9th, 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Cinemapolis
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Three accomplished Ithaca photographers will show their work on the Cinemapolis big-screen at this benefit for Friends of Stewart Park. Accompanied by live string music, this multimedia experience will celebrate the landscape and inhabitants of and around Ithaca’s lakefront gem and the work being done to revitalize the beloved Park.

“Wild in Stewart Park” is open to the public, and all are welcome. Benefit tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Entrance fee is along a sliding scale ($10 to $100) with a suggested $20 donation.

Featuring: bird photographers Marie Read and Sarah Blodgett and landscape photographer Dede Hatch.

Musical accompaniment: Djug Django members Eric and Harry Aceto, Dave Davies, and Brian Earle; Tenzin Chopak and Nicholas Walker; and the trio of Rick Manning, Tom Hodgson, and Tim Ball.

The presenting photographers reflect a variety of approaches to nature photography drawn from diverse backgrounds. Nature photographer Marie Read spent over 25 years honing her craft, specializing in birds and bird behavior. During this time, she has captured images featured in magazines, books, calendars, websites, educational exhibits, and product packaging, nationally and internationally. Her expertise extends far beyond her lens, having authored several books on birds and bird behavior.

Sarah Blodgett, commercial and fine art photographer, produces images permeated with the unique beauty of upstate New York. She will present from her stunning array of bird photographs in her fine art collections.

For this year’s event, landscape photographer Dede Hatch will join Marie and Sarah, expanding the benefit’s photography subjects into the wider landscape through her attention to beauty in the ordinary. Dede Hatch’s studio is part of the Ithaca Art Trail, where she showcases both her photography and jewelry.

The woven tapestries of image and sound will include the themes “Wingbeats,” “Spring Rituals,” “Long Legged Lingerers,” “Ducks,”“Seeing the Light,” “Wonderful Willows,” and “The Good Life,” engaging various goals of Friends of Stewart Park’s (FSP) revitalization work.

From the protection of Renwick Wildwood to the construction of Fuertes Overlook, birds and the local birding community assumed guiding roles in the formation of the Park. Stewart Park includes various forms of avian habitat, and Friends of Stewart Park works to ensure that many of those areas are preserved as it pursues the revitalization of the Park’s buildings and landscape. All proceeds from “Wild in Stewart Park” will support FSP’s efforts, including restoration of Fuertes Overlook and improvements to surrounding bird habitat.

For more information, email Andrea at andrea@friendsofstewartpark.org or call 607-319-4766.

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