GENESEO – The Genesee Valley Nature Conservancy will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on Aug. 7 with a silent auction of diverse artwork by local painters, photographers, sculptors and potters.
According to a press release from the Nature Conservancy, the original works express the open space and farmland of the Genesee Valley, and opening bid prices will range from $30 to $2,500.
“The Genesee Valley is such a spectacular place to live, with significant wildlife habitat and productive farmland,” said Ben Gajewski, Executive Director of the Nature Conservancy. “The pieces in this auction truly capture the value and beauty of our local landscape.”
Proceeds from the Silent Art Auction will help support the management of the John Chanler Island Preserve and the Indian Fort Nature Preserve, located in the Village and Town of Geneseo, respectively. Both properties are open to the public for recreation and are used by local schools for educational visits.
The pieces are framed and ready to hang. Bidding starts at 4 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m.
There is no cost to attend or view the auction. Bids will be accepted on clip-boards next to each piece and a ‘buy-it-now’ option will also be available for those who do not want to risk being out-bid.
Previews of each piece can be seen on the Conservancy’s website, and select pieces will be located in various Main Street businesses for the week leading up to the auction. The Big Tree Inn will serve as the main venue on Friday, Aug. 7.
The silent art auction is being held simultaneously with the Geneseo Merchants Wine Stroll, which will also donate a portion of proceeds from the evening to the Conservancy.
The pieces seen above are, left to right: Linda Purdy’s oil painting on canvas shows joe-pye weed blooming by a creek; Jan Abernethy’s untitled watercolor captures a forest scene typical of our western New York woodlots; Dendritic Silhouette by Ryan McDanel of Cooper Ingenuity, a combination of painted and unpainted steel, formed around a piece of cherry.
Earlier in July, the Conservancy closed five conservation easement projects on area farmland, bringing its total protected areas to over 16,000 acres. This includes protections on private property as well as the Conservancy’s own nature preserves.