The third annual Art of Water celebration in Algoma is a month-long event featuring more than 150 regional and national artists, a speaker series and other activities.
John Pabich of Friends of Crescent Beach gave the Kewaunee County Board a rundown of those activities and a public invitation during the board meeting Tuesday (April 16).
Opening weekend is May 3-5.
“The weekend includes art exhibits, raku pottery firings, poetry readings, a quilt raffle, a presentation on kayaking the Ahnapee River, water’s edge plein air painters, a storybook walk on Crescent Beach boardwalk, and more, at many business venues in Algoma,” Pabich said.
Participating venues and artists plan to donate 10 percent of their exhibition sales to Friends of Crescent Beach or another water conservation group of their choice, he said.
Exhibition openings are scheduled 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, May 3, at 11 venues in downtown Algoma: an Art of Water Pop Up Gallery, Amber’s Attic, BellaLuna’s Apothecary, Book Corner, Clay on Steele, Hello Dolly, James May Gallery, James May North, Robert Ray Gallery, Steele Street Trading Co. and Gallery, and Yardstick Books.
The Friends are hosting three speakers during the month of May, beginning with “A Framework for Water Quality Improvement” by Keith Marquardt and Kimberly Oldenborg of the state Department of Natural Resources, who will discuss the Ahnapee River and the northshore TMDL process at 6 p.m. May 7 at Algoma City Hall, 416 Fremont St.
“Bridging the Gap: Vital Steps for Invasive Species Management and Habitat Restoration in Kewaunee County” will feature county Conservationist Kate Nelson at 6 p.m. May 22 at Knudson Hall, 620 Lake St.
Jim Kettler, executive director of the Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership, will host a screening of the documentary film “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” at 6 p.m. May 28 at James May North, 219 State St.
The full schedule can be found at artalgoma.org, and updates will be available at the Facebook pages for Friends of Crescent Beach and Art Algoma.