Artists from across New England entered their art in the 2018 Granby Land Trust Art Show: Celebrating New England’s Natural Beauty. The artists found inspiration in beautiful natural landscapes across New England, including a number of properties preserved by the Granby Land Trust, such as the Ann Pelka Preserve, the Mary Edwards Mountain Property and Lost Acres Orchard. Thanks to the incredible generosity of the GLT’s friends, the juried art show offers nearly $5,000 in award money. The juror for this year’s show was Pamela St. Clair, director and curator of Cooper and Smith, a 5,000 square-foot gallery in Essex.
The show’s top prize, the Don and Marty Wilmot Award, went to Marija P. McCarthy for her watercolor painting Twin Barns. Jay Harder was awarded the Granby Land Trust Award for his photograph titled A Pelka Sunrise. And Del-Bourree Bach won the Sandy and Dave Schupp Award for The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night.
Additional prizes were awarded as follows: Lisa Linehan won the Austin McNey Memorial Award given by Karen, Scott and Patrick McNey for Morning Mist. Alexander Anisimov won the Granby Artists Association Award for Road to Infinity. The Ray Betts Award, given by Carol and Greg Reid, went to Tim Matregrano for No. 448c. Linda Lastoff won the Mildred Dewey Award, given by Jenny and Dave Emery for The Boardwalk. William Simpson won the Helen and Al Wilke Award for Equinox. Joseph Burger won the Tudor and Laura Holcomb Award, given by Nannie and Put Brown for The Room Upstairs. Stuart Browning won the Matthew K. Orluk Award, given by Trish Percival and Rick Orluk for Orchard Sunrise. Marilyn Cosgrove won the Olof Stevenson Award given by Jamie Gamble for Vibrant Waters. The William Stewart Award, given by Dave and Judy Russell, went to Diane Caswell Christian for Breaking. Stephen Linde won the Carol and Dick Caley Award for August by the Beach. At the show’s conclusion, the People’s Choice Award, given by Lost Acres Vineyard, will be decided, based on votes submitted by visitors to the vineyard.
The Land Trust is grateful to Lost Acres Vineyard was the place to be on Nov. 1, the opening night of the GLT’s annual art show. Submitted photo. Marija McCarty’s watercolor painting, Twin Barns, won the Don and Marty Wilmot Award. Submitted photo. Jay Harder’s photograph, A Pelka Sunrise, won the Granby Land Trust Award. Submitted photo. Mark Wetzel and Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC and Ted Cormier and ALIRT Insurance Research, LLC for their ongoing, loyal support of the show. In addition, the Land Trust thanks event co-chairs Els Fonteyne and Laurie Schock for organizing the show’s Opening Night; Bill Simpson and Laura Eden for their wise counsel, advice and hard work and for organizing the show’s Art Talk; and Michelle Niedermeyer and Kevin Riggott of Lost Acres Vineyard for hosting the show. Lastly, the GLT thanks Tony Capelli for his beautiful floral arrangements.