The Protective Three-Spined Stickleback Dad

In spring, the local male stickleback can be seen building a nest made of twigs, plant debris and mucus.  Once complete, he flashes his bright red belly and vibrates his blue-green tail in hopes of attracting a female.  To complete the dance he presents to her his home-made nest.  If interested she may enter to lay her eggs.  This process may occur more then once with other females.  Her  role complete, she is chased out by the male who swims through the nest to fertilize the eggs.  He then stands guard, occasionally fanning the oxygen filled water with his fins.  When hatched, for the first few days of their lives, the father defends them.  He goes as far as gathering the little wanderers in his mouth and spits them back into their nursery until they are ready to be off on their own.

*sketch by Borren Hui

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Our Green Hero: Isr’a Abdo

Passionate, enthusiastic, talented and intelligent are the first words that come to mind at my first meeting with the young artist.  Isr’a’s love for the environment and creativity will be exhibited in Fish Tales Around Westchester.  She has generously given her time, efforts and positive energy to build “special show pieces”.   In honoring this “gift” R.A.R.E. has adopted Isr’a as our first R.A.R.E. Young Artist and recognized her with an honorarium.  We are proud and thrilled to have her on board our team and look forward to exhibiting her artistic abilities next week!

Thank you Isr’a, for strengthening the show and for your participation.

The journey of the 1000lb tree

The blood, sweat, tears and celebration! – and that is only the start of the journey; the portion of just loading the “mixed metal beauty of a tree” traveling from Red Hook (Hudson) to White Plains.

We started our morning at 9:30 am, prepping and adding the finishing touches.  The moving van departed with it’s weary three person team from ArtsWestchester at 4pm.  Installation of Fish Tales officially begins!

Haifa’s Sneek Peek

Shown here is a portion of a mosaic mural by the Peekskill train station in the public park, Riverfront Green.  Standing approximately 5ft high and 6ft wide , titled: An ancient mariner’s map of the Hudson River designed by Haifa  for the City of Peekskill.  It conveys the wealth of surrounding “wild life” at a time when  numerous species of fish also filled the River.

Todd & Laura’s Sneak Peek

Test your knowledge and guess which beautiful fish goes with which fish fact?

1.The Tautog is a popular inshore gamefish that lives along the Atlantic coast from Nova Scotia to South Carolina. Although capable of reaching relatively large sizes, they are very slow- growing

2. The American Shad is an anadromous fish, spending its adult life at sea and returning to fresh water rivers to spawn. They are primarily plankton feeders, but will eat small shrimp and fish eggs.

3. The Black Sea Bass is anadromous but does not spawn in Long Island Sound tributaries. They are popular sport fish that appear in the Sound in the summer, feeding on squid and finfish.

 

Hudson River Wildlife blooms in the science lab of Blue Mountain School

A collaborative effort between art and science took shape in Mr Bugara’s science lab at the Blue Mountain School in Croton last week. With the guidance and support of Mrs Krause and Mr Gioacchini, the talented art educators on staff; the invitation by R.A.R.E. and ArtsWestchester to build a “fish tank” of wildlife for the sculpture garden at the Arts Exchange Gallery (in White Plains) spurred a fury of recycled creativity, problem solving, team building and lots of duck tape.  Take an inside look into the high school’s process of representing the wealth of species in the estuaries that call the Hudson River and the Long Island Sound their home.

Julia Sverchuk; Artist of the Week

Julia Sverchuk is an illustrator and art director specializing in digital advertising. She was born in Moscow, Russia, and came to New York with family in 1994. She started drawing as a teenager and after finishing high school in Brooklyn, went on to receive her BFA in Illustration at Parsons The New School for Design. Julia is currently taking post-graduate classes taught by Veronica Lawlor and Margaret Hurst at Dalvero Academy. During free time, she sees a lot of live music and cultural events and draws on location. Julia also loves to draw on the iPhone and iPad using the Brushes app. She blogs about her art on juliaidrawings.blogspot.com

Artist of the Week: Steel Imaginations Inc. Founder Wilfredo Morel

 

Inspired by Picasso and the Age of Iron, Wilfredo Morel has been creating metal sculpture installations throughout the Hudson Valley since 1991. His creations range from semi-abstract images, to representational bronze sculptures and metal wall reliefs. Morel’s sculptures can be viewed at both private and public installations along the Hudson River. His sculptures are created from metals which were at one time used for functional purposes in the communities in which they are discovered, incorporating his love for community and art. Morel’s philosophy is to use art as a “vehicle of hope demonstrating the evolution of purpose in the lives of all things and beings.”