Interested in the Finger Lakes Institute happenings occurring throughout August? Join the Geneva community on Friday, Aug. 12 at 8:30 p.m. for “Star Party in Geneva,” and then on Friday, Aug. 19 visit the exhibit opening “The Art and Science of the Finger Lakes.”
Star Party, an event the community may be familiar with, is hosted every year by Doug Reilly, director of the Center for Global Education. As part of a movement titled “Punkastronomy,” Star Party is a unique effort to bring knowledge and appreciation for the universe to the community of Geneva and beyond.
“Everybody should go to it,” said Reilly. “Anybody who has ever looked up at the stars and wondered what’s there.”
At this free event, several astronomers will aid star gazers in witnessing not just one, but hopefully dozens of shooting stars throughout the allotted hour.
Meanwhile, “The Art and Science of the Finger Lakes” will open on Friday, Aug. 12 in the Finger Lakes Institute on South Main Street. The exhibit will showcase work by Kristina L. Matthies, who rediscovered her love of art by throwing her energy into photography, pyrography (wood burning) and creating acryclic paint pieces. Completely self-taught, Matthies hopes to bring her passion for art to the Geneva community.
“The Art and Science of the Finger Lakes has been a challenging project for me. It allowed me to visit and enjoy the Finger Lakes region and create paint-pyrography pieces and photographs that capture the wide, sweeping vistas as well as the close-up detail,” said Matthies.
Established in 2004, the Finger Lakes Institute is dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments. In collaboration with regional environmental partners and state and local government offices, the Institute fosters environmentally-sound development practices throughout the region, and disseminates the accumulated knowledge to the general public.