Quogue Community Notes, September 12

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Taking advantage of the aesthetic splendors of the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, a new art workshop is being offered on three Thursdays this month on the banks of Old Ice Pond.“Pondside Painting With Tony,” on September 12, 19, and 26, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., will help participants to see the pond with fresh eyes and appreciate its elemental beauty. The workshop will provide instruction in the plein air painting techniques artists employ to capture the essence of this lovely landscape.

Art materials, included in the $60 class fee, will be supplied. This three-part class is for adults and younger artists age 10 and up. Payment and reservations (631-653-4771) are required in advance, as space is limited.

The Quogue Library is sponsoring an off-campus event next weekend in a visit to “A Wildlife Garden—Native and Natural” at the home of Maria Daddino in East Quogue, a fellow columnist on these pages.

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, visitors to this “native and natural” garden will learn all about creating wildlife habitat and having a beautiful garden without using chemicals. After all have had an opportunity to tour the garden, Suzanne Ruggles, aka “The Barefoot Gardener,” and Maria will offer a lively and informative discussion about the planning and practices involved in establishing such a space.

Maria’s enchanting space—filled with butterflies and hummingbirds, where deer and turkey abound and flora and fauna flourish happily together—is certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat and is also certified by Monarch Watch as a Monarch Waystation. All those interested in attending are asked to register for this free program by calling the library at (631) 653-4224.

Congratulations to Liam Bass of Quogue, one of approximately 1,100 new students selected from more than 12,000 applicants who began their studies at SUNY Oneonta this fall on August 28.

The September Full Moon Night Hike will be offered at the Quogue Wildlife Sanctuary next Thursday, September 19, at 7 p.m. During the 90-minute walk through the forest up to North Pond and back, adults and families with children age 11 and up will look and listen for nocturnal creatures and enjoy some night vision activities under the light of the moon.

This program is free for refuge members. Reservations are required (631-653-4771) at least 24 hours in advance, along with payment of the $5 fee for non-members.

The September exhibition at the Quogue Library Art Gallery, “Travel and East End Landscapes” by Eileen Dawn Skretch opened last weekend and runs through Sunday, September 29.

Ms. Skretch paints with oil colors on wood. Doing all her own woodworking, she begins with a 4- by 8-foot sheet of birch veneered plywood and creates panels as small as 4 by 6 inches to larger sizes up to 6 feet long. She typically uses the wood grain itself as an essential aspect of the design, to conjure the patterns of clouds or ripples on water.

Painting en plein air when possible, the artist prefers to work small before bringing studies and reference photos back to the studio for larger works.

Her work has been shown on the East End at: the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor; the Wallace Gallery and the Clinton Academy in East Hampton; the Bridgehampton Historical Museum; the Southampton Historical Museum; and in exhibitions year-round at the South Street Gallery in Greenport. In New York City she has shown at the Salmagundi Art Club and the National Art Club.

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