The big Patchogue River Clean-Up planned for Oct. 16 won’t just be about garbage.
Those in attendance will get to experience a bit of the finer things as well.
Bellport artist David Adams will be at the Watch Hill Ferry Terminal all day that Sunday, mesmerizing the crowd with his reappropriation art.
Participants are welcomed to join in, whether with reappropriatoins of their own or watercolors.
So what is reappropriation?
“I go out in the the environmental, and the objects I find I use as my canvas and integrate into my artwork,” Adams said. I’ll be doing some of that work along with some watercolor work.”
To help, cleanup organizers are asking the public to donate these supplies:
• Water color paints (tubes)
• Water color paper (large can be cut into smaller sizes if needed)
• Paint brushes
• Sketching pencils (charcoals would be great)
• Sketch paper/ pads
The cleanup is a perfect fit for Adams, who volunteers often for the National Park Service at Fire Island National Seashore.
“There’s the cleaning up aspect of it,” he said of his reappropriation pieces. “And, we all collect seashells; what I do is an expansion on that. My hope and my desire is I meet people along the way, and perhaps through these chance encounters, maybe their paths will change.
“Maybe they develop a love of art that will stay with them the rest of their lives.”
The Patchogue River Clean-Up will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Greaterpatchogue.com is a media sponsor.
The cleanup will coincide with the 23rd Annual National Public Lands Day, and volunteers of all ages are invited to help clean up the river at participating riverfront sites.
People are invited to help clear trash by land and boat.
All volunteers should check in at 10 a.m. at the Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal at 150 West Avenue, where work gloves, trash pickers, safety equipment and light refreshments will be provided.
Learn more about David Adams through Gallery 125 in Bellport.
Photo: David Adams at work on Fire Island. (Credit: Thomas V. Schultz)