The Long Island Game Farm, located at 489 Chapman Boulevard, Manorville, recently announced the introduction of an artist residency program, Art on the Farm.
In keeping with the mission of the Long Island Game Farm to honor and respect animals and the natural environment, the residency program is designed to welcome artists of all disciplines whose work reflects a commitment to animals and the environment.
The Long Island Game Farm has a long history of presenting programming for schools and the public to encourage a better understanding of wild animals. Art on the Farm introduces arts integration to its educational format with art experiences and creative placemaking in a natural environment. Art on the Farm gives artists a unique venue for creation of their work and provides more opportunities for access to the public.
The inaugural artist is Karen Noack, a Suffolk County artist specializing in murals. Noack is recognized for her window mural “The Language of Flowers,” a project through East End Arts’ JumpstART program; her murals at Safari Adventure; and her work with Splashes of Hope. She has begun painting an African landscape on the game farm’s tortoise building, reflecting the sulcata tortoise’s origins. Progress on her mural will be documented on the LI Game Farm’s website, www.longislandgamefarm.com.
“Working at the Long Island Game Farm has brought me to another level of creating public artwork. During the times I paint on location, I not only hear the expressions of curiosity and enjoyment of people passing by, but also the many sounds of nature and the ‘resident’ animals’ chatter,” she said.
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