Hanford Mills Museum will present a free online series that brings together local artists and scholars to discuss environmental justice, the use of natural resources, and sustainability.
The InterActions series brings together diverse perspectives and speakers with a rich knowledge of the region, who can help assess and enhance our understanding of critical issues.
On March 4th at 7 pm, the series will feature Ellen Wong, a landscape painter and visual artist, and Dr. Lisa Tessier, Associate Professor of Arts & Sciences at SUNY Delhi. Wong focuses on the rural and working local landscape, especially that of the agriculture surrounding her home in Roxbury. She also co-hosts a weekly radio show about local agriculture. She has helped to develop visitor engagement strategies for the Whitney Museum of American Art and Dia Arts Foundation. Tessier, a HMM member and volunteer, has combined expertise in landscape design and art-making. She creates watercolor prints involving native plants.
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, traditional musicians and co-founders of the Ashokan Center, will speak on March 25th at 7 pm. The Ashokan Center seeks to teach, inspire and build community through shared experiences in nature, history, music, and art. The internationally acclaimed artists are known for their performance of Ungar’s Emmy-nominated composition Ashokan Farewell, which became the musical hallmark of Ken Burn’s The Civil War on PBS.
The session on April 8th will feature Richard Kathmann, an artist who paints abstract and landscape works of his Catskills surroundings, and Joshua Cerra, an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University and principal director for the Cornell Climate Change Garden, an interpretive research installation on Cornell’s campus. Cerra works with his students to explore landscape architecture design strategies as they relate to New York waterways and climate change, and his research focuses on the social-ecological systems created between humans and landscapes. A resident of East Meredith, Kathmann served as Hanford Mills Museum’s first executive director.
InterActions sessions are free and will take place online via Zoom at 7 pm March 4th, March 25th, and April 8th. The public can take part in individual sessions or the whole series. For more information or to register for a program, visit the Handford Mills website or call (607) 278-5744.
Photo of Hanford Mills provided.