2013-08-16 / Columnists

From the Artist’s Studio

ArtSplash And More Gardens, Gardens, Gardens
By Susan Hartenstein

Photography, as well as painting, drawing, mixed media, literary arts and more, will be featured at RAA’s ARTSplash. “Brant Point Light,” photography by Ann Murray, featured in ARTSplash 2012. Photography, as well as painting, drawing, mixed media, literary arts and more, will be featured at RAA’s ARTSplash. “Brant Point Light,” photography by Ann Murray, featured in ARTSplash 2012. Fort Tilden Highlights

ARTSPLASH 2013: Sept. 7-Oct. 13.
Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. See column.

ArtSplash is RAA’s annual Fall arts festival, the largest exhibition of the year. Artists are free to explore any theme and all genres in this juried show. ArtSplash 2013 is open to all media. Awards will be given for ‘Best in’ a variety of categories. Exhibition dates are September 7th-October 13th. Deadline for submission is August 16th. Reception is Sunday, September 8th. For the complete prospectus detailing submission guidelines, eligibility, entry form and more, please visit: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

When we were last together, I promised you a list of arboretums and gardens in the New York area. Many of these wonderful places have a mansion house that is open to visitors. Take advantage of these not-so-far-away places that can fill a day or a good part of a day with the pleasures of nature and the aesthetic beauty of architecture, with dashes of history of our area and American society thrown in. Usually, the route along the way has interesting stop-for-a-bit places, like farm stands and wineries.

Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park is a place with which I am quite familiar. It is a large area with a variety of terrains where one can certainly spend a day with family or by oneself. It is located at 440 Montauk Highway, Oakdale, NY. Phone: 631-581-1002; www.nysparks.state.ny.us for information and directions.

Its landscaping and tree plantings were designed by the design firm of Fredrick Law Olmstead. The 690-acre park is located on the Connetquot River and boasts lawns and open meadows, a wildflower garden, a marshy refuge, and many paths that make this park a good bird watching location. The walk out to the marsh island will provide hidden, intimate pockets of beauty. Five nature trails include Pinetum, Wildflower, Rhododendron, Bird-watching and Swamp Cypress. The English Tudor-style manor house features fireplaces, antique woodwork, Tiffany stained windows and a cafe located in the library.

Bailey Arboretum is another Long Island attraction. It is located on the North Shore at Bayville Road and Feeks Lane, Lattingtown, NY. Phone: 516-571-8020. It features 42 acres and self-guided nature trails. Bailey boasts an exceptional collection of conifers. Daffodils bloom in April, flowering trees in spring, annuals and perennials throughout the summer. A sensory garden makes it accessible for the physically challenged. Guided walks for children, educational programs for all ages, special events and volunteer opportunities are a part of the Bailey.

Planting Fields Arboretum, located at 1395 Planting Fields Rd, Oyster Bay, NY, is a heaven for tree lovers, where vast lawns and vistas of many varieties of trees and bushes are fitting accompaniment to Coe Hall, an elegant 65-room Tudor revival style historic house museum. Guided tours are given from April 1st through September 30th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday - Sunday. The grounds include the restored Italian Garden. Phone: 516-922-8670; website: www.plantingfields.org

The Landis Arboretum is a 548-acre public garden overlooking historic Schoharie Valley near Esperance, New York. Forty acres are developed with plantings of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials from around the world. The remainder of the property consists of natural areas, woodlands, wetlands, more than eight miles of trails, and open fields.

Two old growth forests and additional natural areas representing various stages of succession are featured.

Orange County Arboretum is located in Montgomery, NY, the entrance at Grove Street, Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Route 416. Administrative Office: 845-615-3830; website: orangecountynyparks.com.

The gardens are open to the public free of charge from dawn to dusk yearround. The 35-acre facility is a natural site for the organized display of trees, shrubs and plants. There are also magnificent raised gardens and cascading water features. The Arboretum’s many pathways connecting the gardens and the numerous teak benches throughout make this facility an ideal spot to take a walk or just sit and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the setting.

RAA Contact Info:

Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org CU@RoCA.

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