Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program and Floyd Memorial Library are partnering this fall on an art scavenger hunt and fundraiser  on the North Fork.

An exhibition of selections of artist Carolyn Munaco’s collection of 250 pieces created for CCE’s forthcoming “Long Island Coastal and Marine Field Guide” is on view through Oct. 10 at the Floyd Memorial Library at 539 First Street in Greenport. The works are for sale to benefit the printing and distribution of the field guide and had raised $5,000 so far as of our press date.

Tthe library, CCE and five local businesses are presenting a Field Guide Art Scavenger Hunt throughout Greenport Village. Participants can pick up entry forms at the library or any of the participation locations, and then visit each one and search for the 12×12 paintings of the featured species that are hidden inside the establishments. 

Scavenger hunt participants must then sketch and label the species they find and return their forms to the library by Oct. 10 to be eligible to win prize, including one of Carolyn Munaco’s original art pieces. Entries can be maximized by showing proof of purchase at the participating businesses, which include First and South, One Love Beach, Greenport Brewery, Preston’s and Little Creek Oysters. 

“Reaching our community through integrative art and science programming is something we’ve been expanding upon in recent years as it’s proven to be an effective way to educate and inspire the public to care about our local marine and coastal resources,” said CCE Marine Program Outreach Manager Kim Barbour, who helped organize the effort. 

More information about “From Macroalgae to Marine Mammals” and the scavenger hunt is available at backtothebays.org/greenportartexhibithunt or by contacting Floyd Memorial Library at 631.477.0660 Donations in support of the Field Guide Fund can be made via backtothebays.org/field-guide-fund.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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