This great event took place in 2012 and featured a group of 31 talented local artists selected to visit properties under conservation easements with FNLT. Working in a variety of mediums, these skilled artists were granted permission by landowners to spend time on their property and capture its unique beauty. The result of this very special cooperative effort was captured in the PRESERVED LANDS exhibit that took place in at the York Art Association’s Nancy Woodward Gallery. Much of the original art displayed at the show was sold with a significant portion donated to the two sponsoring non-profit organizations.
“Farm & Natural Lands Trust landowners, volunteers and members are all very excited to see this collaborative exhibit with our permanently preserved properties featured. We all know there is great art in the natural environment right here in York County so it will be a pleasure to see the artists’ interpretations,” said Sean Kenny the group’s Executive Director.
“This will be one of York County’s most memorable and unique exhibits,” states Linda Sommer, Gallery Committee member, “as visitors will be able to view the paintings alongside the written landowners and artists’ histories and statements.”
In addition to the opening reception and gallery show, Dr. Pam Hemzik, Associate Professor of Art at York College presented a landscape lecture at the gallery. Also, Farm & Natural Lands Trust of York County conducted their annual meeting at the York Art Association’s Nancy Woodward Gallery. Sean Kenny, Executive Director of the FNLT gave a talk entitled, “History and Mission of Farm & Natural Lands Trust of York County” .
In addition, raffled at the meeting was an original 18” x 22” oil painting by noted local artist, Marion Stephenson. The subject of this striking original oil painting is the well-known Howard Tunnel, a landmark along the Rail Trail. Proceeds from the raffle benefitted Farm & Natural Lands Trust of York County and the York Art Association.