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A Plein Air Celebration of Preserved Properties

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Wednesday July 17, 2024

6pm – 8pm
Eastern Shore Conservation Center
114 S. Washington St
Easton, MD 21601


Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is excited to present A Plein Air Celebration of Preserved Properties. This summer, ESLC and Plein Air Easton invited former major prize winners to paint the landscape of four different properties protected by Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. Paintings will be on display at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center during the Avalon Foundation’s 20th Annual Plein Air Easton — the largest and most prestigious juried plein air painting competition in the United States. A special reception with refreshments and awards will be held at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center on Wednesday July 17th from 6—8 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but preferred.

Founded in 1990, the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy conserves, stewards, and advocates for the unique rural landscape of the Eastern Shore, forever a special place of diverse and abundant natural resources and thriving rural communities. To date, ESLC has helped protect more than 66,700 acres from Cecil to Dorchester County. These landscapes vary from grain farms to woodlands to marshes and wetlands. Conserving these farms and natural spaces in perpetuity means forever protecting the stunning views of the Eastern Shore. Artwork that captures these views helps to inspire current and future conservationists, spark conversations about conservation, and organically provides a dynamic document of the environmental changes, challenges, and successes present throughout our unique, rural landscape. Paintings move us to connect with the land of our homeplace in a way different from words, numbers, or even photos and videos. We are so fortunate that the landscape we conserve hosts such talented artists every summer thanks to Plein Air. 


We are so grateful to the Wilderness, Waterloo Farm, Yorktown Farm, and Crosiadore Farm for generously opening their properties to this year’s alumni artists. If you are an easement owner and are interested in participating in future Plein Air events, please contact ESLC Communications Manager Caitlin Fisher at cfisher@eslc.org. 


Oil Painting Imagery c/o Patti Lucas Hopkins


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