Friends of Holcomb Farm to Benefit from Auction of Painting by Local Artist

Fine artist Kate Emery is auctioning an original oil painting to benefit the Friends of Holcomb Farm, a Granby-based organization devoted to preserving historic farmland and utilizing sustainable farming methods to feed local families and help neighbors in need. The landscape painting, Holcomb Farm – East Fields View, depicts the antique house and barn on the property, as seen from the Holcomb Tree Trail. Bids will be accepted online at through 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2020.

The 16×20-inch painting is one of several recent works inspired by this landmark farm, founded in 1756. “I love supporting this local farm, which represents a lovely collaboration between town, farm and citizens to grow chemical-free produce, preserve open land and provide access to walking trails. It is these types of thoughtful partnerships that show us a future that can work for us all,” she says.

A second-career artist who works full-time from her Farmington Valley studio, Emery partners with charitable organizations so that each of her works sold benefits a community cause. “I’ve always wanted my work to make a difference,” says Emery, who founded The Walker Group, a Farmington-based technology and digital marketing services firm that donates one-third of any distributed profits to community projects. She also established reSET, a Hartford-based nonprofit that seeks to advance the social enterprise sector in the state by encouraging nontraditional entrepreneurs who wish to use business as an engine for solving community or environmental problems. “I am committed,” says Emery, “to supporting these types of efforts through my art, as well.”

Emery will donate 75 percent of the price realized for her Holcomb Farm – East Fields View painting, valued at $800, to the nonprofit Friends organization that manages the 312-acre farm nestled in the hills of West Granby. Holcomb Farm provides sustainably grown produce, a natural setting for outdoor recreation, a healthy ecosystem for all living things and nutritious food for neighbors in need. The organization has an ambitious goal of doubling the amount of produce provided to social service organizations through its Fresh Access program this year.

Interested bidders may see the painting on the artist’s website:

Photo: Holcomb Farm – East Fields View, 16″x20″, oil on canvas by Connecticut artist Kate Emery

Source: Kate Emery/Clatter Valley Studio

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