Emily Puthoff accidentally fell in love with bees and took up beekeeping as few years ago. Bees helped her rediscover the beauty and wonder of nature and inspired her to leverage her skills as an artist and educator to help save them. In 2016, Emily co-founded the Hudson Valley Bee Habitat, a collective of three female artists committed to pollinating engagement with nature and inspiring stewardship of bees through the arts and mindful arts programming. HVBH’s flagship project is the Kingston Bee-Line, a series of artist + community designed solitary bee habitats as public art, pollinator gardens, and art + environmental programming along the Greenline, an emerging network of urban rail trails in Kingston, NY. Emily is a social-sculptor, Associate Professor of Sculpture at SUNY New Paltz, 2016-2017 National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow, and frequent dog-walker in Kingston’s Rondout neighborhood.