Five Darien artists and The Friends of Gorham’s Pond, a registered 501c3 charitable organization, are joining forces this week and next to benefit the restoration of the Gorham’s Pond watershed through an art show and sale. Participants in the show, The Fine Art of Doing Good, include painter Andrea Bonfils, fine jeweler Lynne Mercein, textile artist Sophie Sevigny, fine jeweler Lauren Chisolm and Darien retailer Elaine Kirby.

From Tuesday April 18 to Wednesday April 26, an exhibition of featured artworks will be held at Kirby & Co, the Darien home goods shop at 1029 Post Road, Darien. The 10-day-long exhibition will culminate in a gala cocktail reception and sale on the evening of Thursday April 27, beginning at 6:30 pm, at the historic Art Barn Studio, located at 48 Goodwives River Road, Darien. At both locations, 30% of the sale proceeds will be donated to FOGP, earmarked for its ongoing efforts to dredge Gorham’s Pond and its tributaries, the Goodwives and Stony Brook Rivers.

Palmer’s Market and WinePort of Darien will cater the evening cocktail reception. Offered for silent auction that evening will be a table for two at Paul’s Cocktail Lounge, one of Manhattan’s trendiest nightclubs. The table comes with a $1,000 bottle of vintage Dom Perignon, plus a room for the night at Tribeca’s Roxy hotel. Ticket sales to the reception, at $35 per person, as well as proceeds from the silent auction item, will go entirely to FOGP.

“The Friends of Gorham’s Pond has been crucial to the Town’s efforts to raise funds to dredge and thus oxygenate local waters, which has positively affected the bird and wildlife population around the Pond,” said artist Andrea Bonfils, host of the cocktail reception. “But more needs to be done to maintain the watershed and help keep egrets, osprey and eagles soaring in the skies in lower Connecticut.”

FOGP President Lucia Zachowski added: “I was heartened when this group of local artists approached me and said they wanted to do something to advance our restoration efforts. Their initiative, energy and activism on behalf of this vital environmental project have been extremely encouraging.”

The Friends of Gorham’s Pond recently completed the first phase of their restoration on the Upper Pond on the Goodwives River. For over 40 years approximately 50,000 tons of road sand has washed down from I-95 into the Gorham’s Pond watershed, creating huge sandbars and capturing large amounts of organic matter. Now that Connecticut’s DOT no longer uses sand for snow mitigation, FOGP is committed to removing the sediment and restoring the Gorham’s Pond watershed to a healthier state.  

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