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Art of Great Bay Exhibit Highlights Discovery Center Season Opening, May 2013

GBNERR_logo_smallGREENLAND, N.H. -- Visit the campus of the Great  Bay Discovery  Center in Greenland, N.H.,  the weekend of May 4-5 to help celebrate the opening of the 2013 season. A  highlight of the weekend will be the Art of Great Bay, an art sale and exhibit  featuring "re-purposed" or recycled artwork, held at the Hugh Gregg   Coastal Conservation   Center. Artists from  around New England will be exhibiting and  selling re-imaged art and fine crafts.

"These amazing artworks range from a wolf head made from  melted plastic bags, fine jewelry created from the roof of an old family sugar  shack, to baby shoes made out of recycled plastic bottles," says Nicole  Andrews, Discovery Center Naturalist and event organizer.

Admission to both the art show and the Center are free.  The Great Bay Discovery   Center is open from 10  a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours for the art show through 6 p.m.

The public is invited to an opening reception for the Art  of Great Bay exhibition on Friday, May 3, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with  appetizers, artwork and a chance to meet the artists. The art sale and exhibit  will continue on Saturday and Sunday (May 4-5, 2013) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The art show is co-hosted by the Reserve and its friends  group, the Great Bay Stewards.  There  will be metal sculptures, fine jewelry, hanging artwork, and much more for  sale. Many artists and local companies have donated artwork and other great  prizes to be raffled. Prizes include a day-trip to Boston with museum tickets, and a wheelbarrow  packed with gardening essentials. Proceeds from the show will support the  education programs at the Center.

Inside the Discovery   Center, get your hands  wet in the estuary "touch tank," where you can pick up live horseshoe  crabs and learn about the flounder, lobster and shellfish in the tank. Children  and adults alike will enjoy hands-on exhibits and exciting outdoor features  such as a model gundalow and lobster boat, waterfront area, and boardwalk  ramble through the salt marsh.

The Center is the educational facility for the Great Bay  National Estuarine Research Reserve and is funded by NOAA and administered by  the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.   The Center is open from May through October, Wednesdays - Sundays from  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (in October, weekends only). The grounds are open year-round  from dawn to dusk.

The Discovery Center campus, which includes the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation  Center, is located off Route 33 in Greenland, at 89    Depot Road.   For more information, visit  or call  603-778-0015.

Taken from the NH Fish and Game Website