The Westfield Historical Society will present its next luncheon of 2016 on April 6 at 12 noon at Echo Lake Country Club. Our speaker will be Ms. Patricia Brentano Bramnick speaking on art’s impact on saving the environment.

Ms. Brentano sees opportunity as an artist to affect social change by educating and inspiring busy suburbanites to stop and reconsider their relationship to the natural world and their own properties through her work. She has said, "We do not own nature - we are part of it. We have lost our sense of connection to community, each other and with nature. We need to change our mindset concerning how we live and become more responsible stewards of our planet.” (PBS, NJN State of the Arts, 2012)

This talk is about how an artist tries to educate and inspire action concerning our behavior towards each other and the natural world. Working closely with the NJ Audubon Society, Pat has transformed her property into a native habitat benefiting birds, bees and pollinators. She will discuss her collaboration with NJ Audubon and the work inspired from this partnership.

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Her work has been featured at museums, galleries and arboretums across the country. She was an Artist in Residence at the Evansville Museum in Indiana, The Nature Conservancy in Indianapolis, Indiana, a recipient of a Puffin Grant and the NJ Fellowship for individual artists as well as the recipient of an environmental residency at I-Park in East Haddam Connecticut. Pat was a professor of painting and drawing at the University of Wisconsin, University of Evansville and Kean University. She received the Richard Kane Conservation Award from NJ Audubon for her work and commitment to the environment.

This is expected to be a popular presentation, and those wishing to ensure a seat should call Mary Orlando at 908-233-2930. The luncheon fee of $30 (WHS members) or $35 (non-members) can be paid at the door. Echo Lake Country Club is at 515 Springfield Ave, Westfield, NJ.

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