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DEEP Kellogg Environmental Center Artist Exhibition

Exhibit Opens May 7: Features Large Visual Replicas of Harmful Algal Blooms of Long Island Sound

(HARTFORD) — The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced that beginning May 7th through June 14th, Connecticut artist Marsha Borden will showcase her exhibit “The Tides They Are A-Changin’: Harmful Algal Blooms of Long Island Sound” at the Kellogg Environmental Center at Osbornedale State Park in Derby, Connecticut.

An artist reception will be held on Saturday, May 25th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at 500 Hawthorne Avenue in Derby. Register by calling the center at (203) 734-2513. All ages are invited to attend the artist reception which is also part of the center’s annual World Turtle Day celebration.

“This body of work represents the culmination of my year-long study of microalgae existing in our local Connecticut waters,” said Borden. “The work involves large-scale artistic renderings of a selection of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABS) threatening our sound and estuaries due to ongoing climate change impacts. These three-dimensional panels exploit the expressive qualities of fiber (both natural and manmade) while highlighting the fragile yet resilient condition of our ocean and some of the detrimental organisms within it.”

Born and raised in rural upstate New York, Borden is a self-taught textile and installation artist who holds advanced degrees in psychology and education. She has shown her work locally and nationally since 2016 and has received numerous press reviews and jurors’ awards. Borden was juried into the Guilford Art League in 2019 as a full artist member. She was a recent Artist-in-Residence at Ely Center of Contemporary Art, in New Haven, Connecticut, and in 2022 she earned the Connecticut Sea Grant Arts Support Award. Borden is on the teaching faculty at Guilford Art Center in Guilford, Connecticut, and she is a frequent visiting artist instructor for Connecticut Public Libraries. Borden maintains an active studio practice at Erector Square, an artists’ enclave in New Haven.

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