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.
Stephen Hodecker - Photo: Ruth Sikes
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.