​October Art show to support Granby Land Trust

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By Trish Percival

The Granby Land Trust and the Granby Artists Association are in their 12th year of showcasing inspiring art for an important cause—to help protect the land, water, and wildlife of Granby. To date, the Land Trust has protected more than 2,500 acres of open space, forests, wildlife habitat, agricultural land, water buffers, ecologically sensitive areas, and scenic vistas in Granby.
Celebrating New England’s Natural Beauty is the theme of this extraordinary juried show; and talented artists from across southern New England enter their art each year, creating a beautiful collection of fine art. All art is available for purchase, with a portion of sales benefiting the Granby Land Trust. The show will take place at the beautiful Lost Acres Vineyard in North Granby.

This year’s show will open on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m., with an opening night that is not only the first chance for visitors to purchase art, but a fun night out on the town, with as many as 150 people in attendance. All are welcome to attend and enjoy complimentary gourmet hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine, while you socialize with friends and meet the artists. Awards will be presented at the opening, as well.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the GLT’s friends, the show offers $5,000 in awards, making it popular with artists; and making it highly selective. Last year, 178 pieces of original artwork were submitted; just 77 were selected to be in the show.
Elana Chernick-Kritz, a gallery manager at R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Mass., will serve as juror for this year’s show. R. Michelson Galleries is the largest commercial art gallery in western Massachusetts. Art originally exhibited there now hangs in many of the most prestigious museums in America, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the Art Institute of Chicago.
GLT President Rick Orluk says, “We hope this show will serve as a reminder of how beautiful and revitalizing the natural world is, and how imperative it is that we protect it.”
The Land Trust is grateful to Mark Wetzel and Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC and Ted Cormier and ALIRT Insurance Research, LLC for their ongoing support of the show.
The show will run through Sunday, Nov. 26.  The vineyard is located at 80 Lost Acres Road, in North Granby. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit granbylandtrust.org.