Art in the Sanctuary

NSSWNY announces its first grant funded Art in the Sanctuary Program to be offered on sunny Saturdays this summer.

The NSSWNY is the proud recipient of a 2021 NYS Council on the Arts Decentralization ("DEC") grant for our new Art in the Sanctuary program. This grant allows us to offer a series of seven educational workshops led by experienced local artists.

Art in the Sanctuary workshops will take place at Furman Preserve and Houghton Preserve. Our goal is for community members to explore their art in the tranquility of a special sanctuary preserved for its unique beauty and ecological wealth. Held through the summer of 2021, sessions include photography, nature journaling, landscape painting, printmaking and cyanotypes, led by renowned local artists Thomas Annear, James Hoggard, Ruby Merritt and Necole Zayatz. Sessions are listed below. Cost is $10 per family, or artist's bundle of 4 sessions for $30.

All ages are welcome; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Register to hold your place by visiting the website:

There is a register form with your name, session(s), and contact information. After completing you will receive an email from (, to complete registration and make your 10 dollar deposit. Classes are allowed up to 10 participants each. Please bring a mask, but they will also be provided.

* June 12, 10:00am - Noon: Nature Journaling wit# h Thomas Annear at Houghton Preserve
* June 12, 10:00am - Noon: Photographing Rare Plants with James Hoggard at Furman Preserve
* June 19, 10:00am - Noon: Nature Journaling with Thomas Annear at Furman Preserve
* June 19, 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Plein Air Landscape Painting with Thomas Annear at Furman Preserve
* July 17, 10:00am - Noon: Photographing Rare Plants with James Hoggard at Furman Preserve
* August 7, 10:00am - Noon: Printmaking with Ruby Merritt at Furman Preserve
* August 7, 1:00pm - 3:00pm: Cyanotypes with Necole Zayatz at Furman Preserve


Saturday, June 19 at 10:00am