Last April we wrote about Cultivate SC, an organization founded by friends — Biologist Barbara “Bobbie” Lyon, art teacher Brienne Oliver, and artist Lisa Shimko — who believe that art and science are inextricably, and happily, connected.

“The connections were always there,” said Lyon. “Whenever I would share my science they would geek out and I have always loved art and wish I could take my time to create my own art techniques. We decided that since Charleston has such a fun arts scene, and we have so many great scientists, why not cater to both?”

Starting Tues. March 13 at 6 p.m., Cultivate will kick off their fourth spring workshop series at Bowties, the new “shabby speakeasy” in the former Where Art Thou wine bar.

The evening will include a brief science presentation, “Choking On Plastics? — Data From Charleston Coasts And Critters,” by marine science educator with Patriots Point and Keep Charleston Beautiful, Kea Payton, plus a tutorial on spirit animal found object sculptures with local artist Marielena Martinez. Drop-ins are welcome, but RSVP appreciated. Tickets are $15 at the door. Keep up to date with the bimonthly events at — the next workshop is Tues. March 27 with Lyon, who will share “Marine Tales from the Gulf of Maine” and participants will get to make triptych prints using recycled styrofoam.

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