Each fall, the Granby Land Trust hosts a juried art show to celebrate the beauty of the natural world and to raise funds to protect the land, water and wildlife of Granby. This year’s show, Celebrating New England’s Natural Beauty, opens on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a reception that is open to all at the Art Gallery at Lost Acres Vineyard, 80 Lost Acres Road, North Granby.
Opening night typically draws as many as 150 people, making this a festive and free night out on the town. All are welcome for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine (one glass per person, on the house), while you socialize with friends, meet the artists and enjoy the show. Nearly $5,000 in awards will be presented to artists at the opening, as well.
For those who can’t attend for Opening Night, the show will run through Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Vineyard. The land trust hopes that everyone in town can find time to visit for a glass of wine and enjoy this beautiful collection of fine art that depicts New England’s stunning scenery. The show is selective with only the best chosen for display. For example, last year 189 pieces were submitted but fewer than half, 91, were shown.
Art submissions will be juried this year by Pamela St. Clair, the director and curator of Cooper and Smith, an art gallery in Essex. All art is available for purchase, with a portion of sales benefiting the Granby Land Trust.
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. GLT President Rick Orluk says, “We hope that this show reminds people of the beauty of the natural world, and inspires them to help us protect it.”
The land trust is grateful to all of its award underwriters and, particularly, to its event sponsors: Mark Wetzel/Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC and Ted Cormier/ALIRT Insurance Research, LLC for their ongoing, loyal support of the show.
The show will run through Dec. 2. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit granbylandtrust.org.