Eelgrass as Art

On November 17, the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) Marine Meadows program held their first fundraiser at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, and the event featured beautiful artwork by Ross third graders. CCE and Ross School often work together, as students learn how to protect the environment through activities such as eelgrass restoration, wherein sea grass is replanted in local waters to provide shelter and food for various forms of sea life.

A few weeks ago, Kimberly Barbour, Habitat Restoration Outreach Specialist at Cornell, visited the third graders and asked them to create works of art inspired by eelgrass. With the help of Lower School art teacher Soraya Brooks, the students designed underwater eelgrass scenes. “I really like this project,” said third grader Jane Boyland. “It’s cool because we’re the only grade and school doing it, so it’s special.” Judges were asked to select some works of art to be displayed during the fundraiser.

The students whose work was shown at the fundraiser were Celina Ludes, Jane Boyland, Maya Teixeira, Marielle Lomont, Gabe Verde, Bianca Lorich, Carson Tompkins, Everett Rattray, Elyse Beavers, Isabella Hosey, Isabel Richards, and Josh Verde. One student was then selected to have his artwork on view at the museum throughout the year; Gabe Verde won with his “Eelgrass Habitat.” Gabe received a gift bag of various items from the museum and the Marine Meadows program, which included two tickets to the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead. His work will be displayed for all of 2013.