NESS Hosts Virtual Art Show to Support Online Learning

Stonington, CT - The New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) is pleased to host a virtual art show featuring over 30 local artists - Getting to the heART of Distance Learning - to engage the public and raise funds to support future virtual learning experiences that support students across the region in this challenging time.
NESS lauched a full catalog of 15 online experiential learning courses for students from Pre-K through high school. The programs are designed to bring the NESS brand of hands-on learning into the home by hosting live, instructor-led sessions that engage students while they learn about marine science, sailing, and the world's ocean ecosystem. For more information on NESS's online experiential courses, please head to
Erica Lindberg Gourd, Founder & President of Lindberg Designs, and local art instructor, is the organizer of the art show. "This is really a cause marketing initiative. With the advent of COVID-19, artists lost platforms to sell their work as shows were cancelled. The opportunity to support NESS's distance learning initiatives in school by selling local art online is a win-win for all. Art at a distance to support distant learning!" says Lindberg.
Spike Lobdell, President of NESS, will be showing his paintings and adds, "I am so pleased that local artists are rallying together to support the cause. Hosting in a virtual art show brings the best of both worlds together. The enthusiasm of the artists is wonderful."
The NESS heART of Distance Learning Art Show will feature mixed-media works from over 30 different artists from the local area. Artists will receive 60% and NESS will receive 40% of the proceeds of the items sold.
The show begins at 3:30PM on August 6th and ends at 12:00PM on August 20th. Early access to the art-12:00PM on August 6th-may be purchased with a $100 donation.
To get your early access pass or view the artwork head to
About NESS
New England Science & Sailing Foundation ("NESS") is a nationally recognized and award-winning 501(c)(3)nonprofit ocean adventure education organization that provides students of all ages and backgrounds with year-round programming that includes marine science, sailing, and water sports. NESS's scholastic programs support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curricula in over 70 schools and organizations with a unique combination of on-the-water and in-the-classroom lessons intended to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. NESS is the first school partner program accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and has been recognized by US Sailing as the top community sailing program in the United States. With 25 full-time staff members, 9 AmeriCorps members, and over 30 seasonal educators, NESS serves over 9,000 students annually across New England. Since its inception, NESS has enabled over 35,000 students to get out on the water. For more information, visit