On Thursday August 27th we held our first kick-off event for our project at the Town Farm on Drift Rd in Westport MA from 4-6pm. We set up our outdoor display tent and hung fifteen paintings. Five of them were of the Town Farm that we had painted en plein air a few weeks before. During the kick-off, we spoke with people and the press about our project and what it is all about.
Our goal is to work with land preservation groups all over New England and to paint in all 67 counties. We will host kick-off events in all 6 states that make up the New England region; Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
Over the course of the next few years, we will also have other small events in numerous counties to enlighten the public about our project. We want to raise awareness towards the continued need for preservation of the precious landscape that many of us take for granted. If we continue to destroy tracts of land to development at the present rate, we will lose the New England that we love along with its vital history.
This project will take a minimum of three years and will culminate with a book titled 'Painting New England - Preserving the Landscape' We will also have an exhibit of the very best paintings completed during this time that will travel throughout New England.
At each kick-off we will work to raise funding for the project by selling paintings and offering incentives for public donations. By doing this we will be able to give back to the different preservation groups that work with us along the way.
At Thursdays kick-off we had our first sales and a nice response from the public. We are excited as we think of the possibilities of the adventure that lies ahead!