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A beach filled with various rocks on the right hand side with small ocean waves breaking on the shoreline on the left hand side, with a yellow sunset skyline in the background.
Inspiration from Nature Artist workshops will be held outdoors at our Andy Warhol Preserve, in Montauk on Long Island. © Anthony Graziano


Explore Nature’s Wonders through the Artist’s Eye

Color blindness and color perception, sensory memories of the outdoors, the use of found objects in art—these are just some of the themes The Nature Conservancy in New York invites you to explore in an upcoming series of artists’ workshops at our Andy Warhol Preserve, in Montauk on Long Island. The preserve is a special place that is not normally accessible to the public. It is home to rare animals and native plants and serves as an important feeding stopover on the Atlantic coast for migrating birds. The six workshops, which will be held outdoors on the preserve, will be led by artists participating in the Conservancy’s annual Andy Warhol Visual Arts Program. 

For more information and to sign up online, check out the individual workshop listings and descriptions via the tabs above. Remember that the Warhol Preserve, like much of Long Island, is home to many ticks. Participation in any of these workshops is at the participants’ own risk. Also, COVID-19 rules will apply and will be sent to participants in advance of their workshops.

We look forward to seeing what nature inspires you to create.

Keith Mantell Workshop (Completed – thanks for attending!)
Tuesday, August 24 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Claire Watson Workshop
Tuesday, September 14 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Michelle Evola Wagner Workshop
Sunday, September 19 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Margery Gosnell-Qua Workshops
Saturday September 25 & Saturday, October 2 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Peter Gerakaris Workshop
Friday, October 15 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Keith Mantell Workshop (Completed – thanks for attending!)

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rain Date: September 21, 2021

A man in a pale blue shirt wearing clear glasses looks at camera. Green shrubbery is featured in the background.
Keith Mantell © Image courtesy Keith Mantell

Mantell’s workshop will include a demonstration of and instruction in plein-air painting. Students will explore composition, color, technique and the effects of nature and the specific conditions of the day on the outcome of their paintings.

About the artistKeith Mantell is a painter and educator who strives to capture the natural beauty of Long Island’s special places—vineyards, farm fields and coastlines.                                            

Claire Watson Workshop (Completed – thanks for attending!)

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Rain Date: September 16, 2021

A black and white photo of a woman looking at the camera. She wears a black top with a textured necklace.
Claire Watson © Claire Watson

Watson will lead participants in arranging materials they gather at the preserve—leaves, grasses, stones, shells, etc.—into abstract compositions on plywood or cardboard. Watson will then instruct the participants in making a series of rubbings using special paper, which they can keep as souvenirs of the workshop.

About the artistClaire Watson is a visual artist and experienced educator.                                          

Michele Evola Wagner Workshop (Completed – thanks for attending!)

Sunday, September 19, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Rain Date: October 3, 2021

A woman with dark brown hair, blue eyes and a white cable sweater smiles at the camera.
Michele Evola Wagner © Image courtesy Michele Evola Wagner

The goal of this workshop is to explore the universal language of petroglyphs. Michele will assist participants in this type of visual storytelling by helping them keenly regard the natural resources of The Nature Conservancy preserve, aiding them in creating petroglyphs using found objects and then documenting their work. Participants can pursue three artistic avenues:

  • Build a Symbol using found objects. The symbol could be a portrait, an abstraction playing with shapes, a design representing a thought, idea, or emotion. Members are encouraged to think about who we are at this moment, on this planet, in this location.
  • Leave an impression. Marks can be drawn in the sand or created with the weight of a body part or hand. Build a series of impressions to tell a story or create a design. 
  • Make a mark. Keenly observe the environment and draw a mark that describes what you see. This could be a landscape, botanical finding, animal or pet.

About the artistMichelle Evola Wagner is an artist and graphic designer interested in the elements that combine to create arresting, thought-provoking and memorable visual communications.                                     

Margery Gosnell-Qua Workshops

Saturday, September 25, 2021 & Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Rain Dates: October 9, 2021 & October 23, 2021

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Margery Gosnell-Qua © Image courtesy Margery Gosnell-Qua

Gosnell-Qua will lead participants in creating sensory memories through plein-air, watercolor studies. Participants will draw a preliminary composition during the first session and complete a watercolor during the second session. 

About the artistMargery Gosnell-Qua is an artist and educator who holds a Bachelor of Science in biology. Her work as a naturalist and her appreciation of the diversity and character of flora and fauna have informed her work for decades.                                   

Peter Gerakaris Workshop

Friday, October 15, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rain Date: October 29, 2021

A man wearing a white button up top and light gray shorts has his hands in his pockets and smiles at the camera. There is a geometric patterned painting on the wall behind him.
Peter Gerakaris © Image courtesy Peter Gerakaris

Gerakaris will help participants explore the connection between art and nature through their personal color perception. The integration of a ChromaDepth 3D glasses option into the workshop will enhance the participatory experience.

About the artistPeter Gerakaris is The Nature Conservancy’s 2021 Andy Warhol Visual Arts Program Artist-in-Residence. His artwork looks at a broad array of nature themes through a vibrant lens, as he passionately seeks to bridge our profound disconnect with the environment.

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