2022 04 28
Scott Varn: Preservation through the power of the arts
Smith library
E V E N T

D A T E

April 28, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

L O C A T I O N

Smith library

S P O N S O R S

Salmagundi Library Committee

A D M I S S I O N

Open to the public; up to 25 people
Eventbrite tickets required

$10 | General admission
Free | Salmagundi members with promo code
Salmagundi members will receive their promo code via email for free admission. The promo code may also be requested by emailing info@salmagundi.org


For waiting list, please contact Alexander Katlan at (718) 445-7458 or alexkatlan@aol.com

A B O U T   T H E   E V E N T

Scott Varn of Preserving a Picturesque America (PAPA) will be sharing with us how an early Salmagundi member, Harry Fenn, became an important part of the early conservation movement in America. His presentation will include their adventures of following in the footsteps of the early adventure artists all around the country, to find the exact location where their original artwork was created, and then inviting modern artists to recreate the scenes as they are today. The goal of PAPA is to do more than just educate, but to actually protect these amazing locations. His organization will be inviting artists of all mediums to join them on their adventure in NY soon! He will be highlighting NY state locations for current Salmagundi club artists and sharing what they can do to enjoy combining history, art, and conservation locally.

A B O U T   T H E   S P E A K E R

Scott Varn is a Fine Arts and Media Arts graduate from the University of South Carolina, with a focus on printmaking, film, and animation. Scott has a long history of incorporating the technology into the arts. He was integral in the early digital renaissance, working with software companies like Aldus, Adobe and Quark to develop software for artists and designers before it became a standard.

Although he has spent years weaving the arts into many high tech fields, he never lost his love of studying history and the classic art mediums. He remained a painter and printmaker, but also focused on being a long-time environmental educator, a Scoutmaster and nature counselor. He made the connection to them all when discovering the 1800s publication Picturesque America (PA). He understood its impact, so bringing the influence and lessons from PA to the modern world became his passion.

Now serving as the founder and Executive Director of Preserving A Picturesque America (PAPA), Scott has the opportunity to bring all of his skills to bear, as he has become a guiding spirit to artists and all lovers of the natural world who want to protect it.

PAPA’s mission is to protect our country’s natural and historic wonders through the power of the arts.