Salmon River Falls, in Altmar, NY as painted by artist, Debra M. Abbott.Watertown, N.Y. - Where can you observe Northern New York's top artists painting their surroundings, while learning about fish and wildlife of the region? At this year's Tug Hill Plein Air Paint Out! Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust is highlighting the natural beauty and wildlife of the region by combining the Tug Hill Plein Air Paint Out with the Department of Environmental Conservation's 15th Annual Salmon River Fish Hatchery Open House on National Hunting and Fishing Day, September 25, 2010. The Open House will feature children's activities, fishing seminars and outdoor programs, geared toward youth and families. Admission is free and the event is rain or shine. The event will take place at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery and Salmon River Falls (County Rte. 22, Altmar, NY), Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 9:00am to 4:00pm, with the Live! Benefit Auction following from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. But what exactly is a Plein Air Paint Out? A Paint Out is a group of artists painting together, and in this case, en plein air - a French term meaning "in the fresh air." The fun twist comes when the public is invited as the special guest! In its third year, the Tug Hill Plein Air Paint Out is a unique way to recognize the diversity, beauty and magnificence of the region, while capturing the connection between art, community, and the natural beauty of the Tug Hill region. But the Paint Out does not stop there; the paintings created that day will be sold at a Live! Benefit Auction held that evening in the Salmon River Fish Hatchery's Auditorium. The evening begins with a Cider and Dessert Preview Reception at 4:30 pm, followed by a Live! Benefit Auction at 5:30 pm; all proceeds will benefit the land protection and eduction programs of Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Turst. Tickets to the auction are $10/person and can be purchased at the door or by contacting Janelle Castro at 315.779.2239 or tughilloutreach@nnymail.com. Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust is a nonprofit regional organization that works with private landowners to protect and foster responsible stewardship practices of working forest, farm, recreation and wild lands in northern New York's 2,100 square-mile Tug Hill region. The Tug Hill region covers parts of Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Oswego Counties. Tug Hill Tomorrow provides conservation planning, land registry and conservation easement programs for landowners, and also works to increase the awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the Tug Hill region through publications, fieldtrips, and special events. For more information visit our website at www.TugHillTomorrowLandTrust.org, email thtomorr@northnet.org, call 315.779.8240 or write P.O. Box 6063, Watertown NY 13601.

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Contact: Janelle Castro (315) 779-2239 tughilloutreach@nnymail.com