Georges River Land Trust is sponsoring a visit to the Riverview Hayfields Preserve to experience the land through the eyes of its 2013 artists-in-residence Tuesday, June 25, at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine. This event is limited to 20 people; call GRLT at 594-5166 to reserve a spot and receive parking instructions.

Elizabeth Billings and Michael Sacca of Tunbridge, Vt., are the first artists in the program that offers professional visual artists, performing artists and writers the opportunity to pursue their artistic disciplines while being inspired by the Georges River watershed’s extraordinary landscapes. Using the short volume “A Stroll Through the Worlds of Animals and Men: A Picture Book of Invisible Worlds” by Jakob von Uexküll as a departure point, the artists will discuss the animal, insect and plant life they see at the preserve with their own sensory and emotional responses including the idea of what they find beautiful and ugly in the natural world.

Access to this preserve is limited. Participants should wear boots; bringing binoculars, hand lens, notebook for notes and/or sketches and a camera is recommended. The picnic will be near the river so also bring a blanket, water and lunch.

Georges River Land Trust is committed to encouraging citizens to discover the river and care for the land throughout the 14 communities in the St. George River watershed. For more information on the Georges River Land Trust, its programs and upcoming events, visit or contact GRLT by phone or at

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or