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April 26, 2000

Contact: Charles G. Sturcken, Natalie Millner (718) 595-6600

New York City Department of Environmental Protection and Hammond Museum Present "Unbottled: New York's Water," an Exhibit Featuring Art and Installations Focusing on Westchester County's Important Contributions to Preserving the Quality of the City's Water Supply

Commissioner Joel A. Miele Sr., P.E. of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that the Department of Environmental Protection is collaborating with the Hammond Museum in North Salem, New York, on an exhibit entitled UNBOTTLED: NEW YORK'S WATER; Conservation + Preservation + Inspiration. Paintings, sculptures, and mixed media works by thirty six emerging and established artists will focus on water purity, animal protection, land conservation, and wetlands, as well as highlighting the Croton watershed and reservoir system, the City's first upstate water supply located in Westchester County. The exhibit is funded by the Westchester Arts Council, the Westchester Land Trust and the Town of North Salem Opening Day is Saturday April 29, from 12-4 p.m; "Unbottled" will run through July 22, 2000.

"I am proud that the Hammond Museum has invited the Department to be a part of this exciting exhibition that portrays Westchester County's commitment to protecting the Croton watershed," said Commissioner Miele. On behalf of Mayor Giuliani and the City of New York, I want to encourage New York City and watershed residents as well as summer visitors to schedule a stop at the Hammond Museum. They will be treated to a variety of artistic and educational representations of this region that depict both the wildlife and magnificent beauty of Westchester County, one of the important sources of the New York City water supply, "

Museum goers will be treated to a "talking map" fabricated for the exhibit. The map provides a history and explanation of the Croton Reservoir System and watershed, and will be complemented by accompanying historical photographs and water supply artifacts. The exhibit will also contain sculptures, paintings and photographs by a DEP artist and a DEP photographer. Additionally, DEP and the Museum will present a schedule of programs and workshops for families and children. These include: Water Works — a raindrop-to faucet tour of the New York City water supply system; How do you get there from here? — a tour into the world of topographic maps to learn how nature creates a watershed boundary; What's a Limnologist? — learn about the world of the scientists who study fresh water bodies from a DEP limnologist; and Wetlands in your Watershed — learn what makes a watershed and discuss the Titicus Reservoir wetland.

Abigail Free, Executive Director of the Hammond Museum said, "...This exhibition will appeal to many interests and cross many lines. Hopefully, one will come away with a notion that we should celebrate and protect one of our greatest resources."

Since 1957, the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden has united Eastern and Western artistic traditions to promote understanding through art and nature. The Museum currently seeks to expand its roster of exhibits to include ecological and natural themes. It is located on Devau Road (just off Route 124) in North Salem, New York. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday 12-4 pm. Admission to the exhibit is free.

For further information about the exhibit, programs and workshops, call the Hammond Museum at (914) 669 5033. Photographs of the exhibit are also available.


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