Art for Conservation - "Let it Rain"

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Welcome spring & the showers it brings with a hand created design on your very own umbrella from Conservation District of Nassau's annual fundraiser, Art ...

Bethpage, NY - April 21st, 2014 -  Welcome spring & the showers it brings with a hand created design on your very own umbrella from Conservation District of Nassau's annual fundraiser, Art for Conservation, entitled "Let it Rain". Highlighting the importance of water for and on Long Island, the event features an art sale and silent auction fundraiser, where  you will be able to participate in workshops designed to show the importance of water and how easy it is to change our habits and conserve.

Educational exhibits will include demonstrations of composting, square foot gardening, water conservation techniques and how to add rain barrels to any building. The Waterfront Center of Oyster Bay is bringing lots of aquatic critters in a salt water touch tank; Jericho Water District will have a water tasting, and Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee will display how local water quality testing is done in many harbors around Long Island.

Because the Long Island area is alive and seething with an abundance of creative artistic talent, this annual benefit stresses the importance of water to all living things and our planet Earth, through an art sale exhibit.  Art for Conservation fundraiser is structured to feature an item decorated and embellished by some of the best Long Island artists for our silent auction, art exhibit and sale. A portion of the proceeds are donated back to the Conservation District for their work in the community by each artist. “Residents need to know how important water is. Encouraging the population to celebrate water and get people thinking differently is our focus,” added Curator and event Co-Chair Debra Ann Kasimakis (Co-Founder of the Long Island Fringe Festival.)

“The artists are creatively helping express this through their works. Hopefully, the public will leave the event with some tips on how they can positively impact the environment." This year's fundraiser is featuring umbrellas, so, "Let it Rain", we have you covered!  Please join in a  celebration of water and all it means at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd, Old Bethpage, NY  on May 3, 2014 between 3 and 7PM. Light refreshments and finger foods will be served. A suggested donation $10 will go directly to the District’s programs to build eco-friendly school and community gardens as well as environmental education.

Established in 1977, the Conservation District of Nassau is part of a national network created by FDR to perform vital conservation work in the field. The Conservation District of Nassau is committed to the protection, preservation, restoration and enhancement of our natural resources by providing education, technical assistance, and consensus for all land users. Event Co-Chair Jaime Van Dyke stated, “This event is presented by First Lady of Nassau County, Linda Mangano and is a joint effort of expert volunteers and the Conservation District of Nassau to raise awareness for the need for clean water and healthy soils for all life. People don’t think about rain and where it goes. This event is a celebration to show people that we need to think differently about water and pollution.” The Conservation District of Nassau plays an important part in communities helping to ensure a healthy recreational environment and maintaining a high standard for water quality, particularly for Long Island.

Sponsors include: Long Island Fringe Festival, H2M, Laffey Fine Homes, Greg Van Dyke Building, Singh Hospitality Group, A Taste of Home Bakery and Logo Design and Branding by Pandadgraphics.

Tickets are available for purchase through Eventbrite.

For more information about Conservation District of Nassau please visit the website, or contact -  Art4Conservation@gmail.com - call (516) 364-5860.

For all art related inquiries for this event - The Artists Group/Long Island Fringe Festival   - parksconservancy@debbydoll.com

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