Paintings, Plants, and Philanthropy

by Kate Berube

The first annual Sayville Artists art show curated over 150 works by local artists, photographers, and student submissions graciously provided by Bayport-Blue Point, Sayville, Sachem East, Rockville Center, and Long Beach school art departments to the delight of over a hundred visitors. The showcase, named Building Bridges: Painting, Photography, Pottery, and Plants was a collaboration between Sayville Artists and Suffolk’s Association for Habilitation and Residential Care (AHRC) organized by Dr. James Bertsch. Through the sale of artwork and plants, the night raised over a thousand dollars for Suffolk’s AHRC programs.

Hosted inside the Meadow Edge Greenhouse, built in 1908 on what is now the West Sayville Golf Course, the pieces were naturally lit by the setting sun through the glass panes of the conservatory. The effect was stunning, showcasing the art and plants to their best advantage. A trio of student flutists accompanied the evening, and guests were encouraged to partake in refreshments while they wandered through the event viewing the display.

The plants grown inside are lovingly cared for by the residents and staff of the AHRC. Suffolk AHRC’s mission is to support and advocate for individuals of all ages with unique abilities and challenges, providing services with a person-centered individualized approach to discover and define their own quality of life. The work done inside Meadow Edge Greenhouse is part of AHRC’s Program Without Walls, a day habilitation program made up of community based experiences as well as in-house activities.

Photos by Kate Berube/Bayport-Blue Point Gazette

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