April 14, 2015 PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Plum Island Painting & Photograph Exhibit to open May 9th” SOUTHOLD, NY. The Southold Historical Society is pleased to announce it is hosting an exhibition featuring photographs and paintings by Bob Lorenz and John Sargent of Plum Island, NY. This exhibit – entitled “The Natural Beauty of Plum Island: Sea, Seals, Sunsets and More” – will open to the public on Saturday, May 9, 2015 in the Cosden-Price Gallery in the Reichert Family Center, which is located at 54127 Main Road, Southold, NY. Bob Lorenz, a retired commercial photographer who divides his time between Old Saybrook and New York City, and John Sargent, a Waterford painter and retired art teacher, traveled to Plum Island over many months to capture the natural beauty of the island. Most recently associated with the animal disease lab located there, Plum Island has a rich and varied history, from its days as a royal manor to actions that took place on the island during the War of 1812. During the mid-to-late 19th century, it was mainly a private retreat of the Jerome family of New London, who protected the large osprey population that would occupy the island each year. When Fort Terry was established on the island in 1898, a half century of construction and military exercises left the island denuded of its once pristine ecosystems. Since the forts closure in the late 1940s and the establishment of the lab, the island has slowly been returning to a place of diverse plant life. Lorenz and Sargent met in 2013 on a trip to the island and were immediately enchanted by its beauty. They secured permission from the Department of Homeland security to photograph and draw at different locations on the island, excluding any government facilities. During the next year and half, the two artists made many trips there to document the undeveloped parts of the island. Though they were escorted during each visit, the artists were able to work at independently in order to capture as much of the island’s beauty as possible. The exhibit will be on display at the Cosden-Price Gallery in the Society’s Reichert Family Center, which is located at 54127 Main Road, Southold, NY, from May 9 through May 30, 2015, Thursday-Saturday, 1-4pm. An additional grouping of works by both artists will also be on exhibit at the Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport from May 5 through June 15. For more information on this exhibit or other Society programs, please contact the Southold Historical Society at (631) 765-5500 or visit us online at www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org.