The painting above is solid evidence that the conservation impulse can be habit-forming.
Stephen Hodecker, a professional artist of obvious skill and some reknown, donated the painting to help raise funds for the protection of the Raspberry Farm, in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire–a much-loved local property named for the fruit that was once raised and sold there. The farm is particularly noted for the historic barn featured in the painting
The $1.61 million campaign to save the farm ends today — and the last I heard, several bids are being made on the painting that would put the effort over the top.
This is the second painting Hodecker has donated to conservation–but it may not his last. Like many TPL supporters, he got hooked by a local project, the protection of Page Pond and Forest in Meredith, New Hampshire, where he lives. The watercolor he painted in support of that project raised $34,000. After the success of that campaign, he approached TPL project manager Betsy MacGean and asked, essentially: “what’s next.”
Now both paintings have become part of a new series Hodecker in calling “Landscapes in Peril,” McGean says. “Stephen has become a great supporter of our urgent campaigns!”
A quick trip to Hodecker’s website may help you understand the basis of this inclination to conserve. It is full of rural scenes that bespeak a love of the New England landscape and its historic buildings.
Anyway, I liked the painting and thought it looked like the New Years I remember from Massachusetts. Happy New Year from LandNotes. See you in 2010.