Article from the Sea Grant Website: Habitat walk, paint-out bring artists to Avery Point

Photos by Judy Benson

Nine members of the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society visited UConn Avery Point on Sept. 9 at the invitation of Connecticut Sea Grant. The event is part of Sea Grant’s efforts to reach out to new groups during its 30th anniversary year celebration. The morning began with a habitat walk around the campus, led by Judy Preston, Sea Grant’s Long Island Sound outreach coordinator. She talked about the history of the campus as well as the rocky shoreline, marsh and island habitats visible from campus. After the walk, the painters fanned out across the campus for a plein air paint-out, using oils, water colors and sketching materials. Works created during the paint-out are tentatively scheduled to be displayed on campus at a later date. More information about the event can be found here.

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT Avery Point Campus
1084 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340

CPAPS has been invited to participate in Connecticut Sea Grant’s 30th year by painting the beautiful shoreline landscape offering rocks, waves, beach, distant islands, sailboats, and some truly spectacular architecture. An exhibition will be held later in their gallery of the paintings from this location, so this is a paint out that should not be missed.

There has been full publicly for this celebration so I expect a well attended event. (Bring cards and perhaps a couple of small paintings?) Outreach Coordinator Judy Preston will lead a free, 30-45 minute informative walk about the marine habitats visible from campus 9:00 AM. a perfect opportunity for scouting locations as well as the knowledge gained from the experience.

I plan on placing our sign-in table close to the Welcome Entrance on the East side of Branford House, where restrooms are available as well as a gallery accessed from the elevator to the second floor. If that changes I’ll send additional information.

From their press release:

“There are many ways people value Long Island Sound and its coastal resources, and art is one way by which this appreciation can be expressed,” said Nancy Balcom, associate director for Connecticut Sea Grant. “Annually since 2011, we’ve sponsored an art award program as a means for sharing new perspectives on the connections between people and the Sound. We’re excited that the Connecticut Plein Air Painters will add another dimension to this effort through this paint-out.”
Directions:
  • From the west (New Haven, New York) – Take I-95 N to exit 87 Clarence B. Sharp Hwy/CT-349 toward US-1 (1.9 mi). At the second set of stoplights, take a right (you will see a sign here for the University of Connecticut at Avery Point). At the next corner and set of lights, take a left. Follow this road for several miles, straight, past Pfizer and the Shennecossett Golf Course. Shortly after the golf course you will come to the entrance on the right side for the University (big blue sign) just before a sharp curve.
    From the north (Norwich, Worcester) – Take I-395 S to exit 5 (left side exit) toward CT-32/New London (0.4 mi). Merge onto Montville Connector (0.9 mi). Slight right at CT-32/Mohegan Avenue Parkway; continue to follow CT-32 (3.3 mi). Merge onto I-95 N/US-1 N via the ramp to Providence/Groton (1.7 mi). Take exit 87 Clarence B. Sharp Hwy/CT-349 toward US-1 (1.9 mi). At the second set of stoplights, take a right (you will see a sign here for the University of Connecticut at Avery Point). At the next corner and set of lights, take a left. Follow this road for several miles, straight, past Pfizer and the Shennecossett Golf Course. Shortly after the golf course, you will come to the entrance on the right side for the University (big blue sign) just before a sharp curve.
  • From the north (Norwich, Worcester) – Take I-395 S to exit 5 (left side exit) toward CT-32/New London (0.4 mi). Merge onto Montville Connector (0.9 mi). Slight right at CT-32/Mohegan Avenue Parkway; continue to follow CT-32 (3.3 mi). Merge onto I-95 N/US-1 N via the ramp to Providence/Groton (1.7 mi). Take exit 87 Clarence B. Sharp Hwy/CT-349 toward US-1 (1.9 mi). At the second set of stoplights, take a right (you will see a sign here for the University of Connecticut at Avery Point). At the next corner and set of lights, take a left. Follow this road for several miles, straight, past Pfizer and the Shennecossett Golf Course. Shortly after the golf course, you will come to the entrance on the right side for the University (big blue sign) just before a sharp curve.

Avery Point Campus, 1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT 06340