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York area artists preserving preserved lands

David Weissman
505-5431/@DispatchDavid
  • 40 local artists are creating artwork from 40 local preserved properties as part of a fundraiser.
  • The final exhibition will take place on Dec. 12 at Marketview Arts.

Standing at his easel in a middle of vast, green Glen Rock field on a sunny Thursday morning, artist Jordan Heidler worked to capture a scene that, legally, can't drastically change.

40 local artists are creating artwork from 40 local preserved properties for fundraiser. Amanda J. Cain photo/graphic

Heidler, using watercolors to paint an 1897 farmhouse, is one of 40 local artists paired with 40 owners of Farm and Natural Lands Trust preserved properties for a joint fundraiser with the York Art Association.

Artist Jordan Heidler works on a water-color painting of a farm on Messersmith Road in Glen Rock as one of 40 artists chosen to preserve National Land Trust properties, Thursday, August 11, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

Each artist will create one or two pieces during the summer and fall for a final exhibition on Dec. 2 at Marketview Arts, 37 W. Philadelphia St.

Heidler, originally from York Township but currently living in Baltimore, said he likes to paint on location, as the sun helped dry paint on the canvas more quickly.

He had arrived at the property around 6 a.m. that day to begin the first of what he said would be several paintings of the property.

"I like American traditions and the idea of preserving things from the past," Heidler said. "It's inspiring artistically to come here and it be so peaceful."

Artist Jordan Heidler works on a water-color painting of a farm on Messersmith Road in Glen Rock as one of 40 artists chosen to preserve National Land Trust properties, Thursday, August 11, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

Artist's eye: Sean Kenny, executive director of the York County trust, said the two groups joined together on the same project in 2012 on a smaller scale, and more than two-thirds of the artworks were sold.

The trust reached out first to properties added to the preserved list since 2012 and then to properties that weren't captured last time, Kenny said.

"We have some repeats, but these are large properties, and the paintings won't look identical," he said. "All artists are going to have a unique view of a property."

Heidler said he considers himself an impressionistic painter, but he tries to just paint what he sees. Unless he doesn't like what he sees, which was the case with telephone wires in the background of the scene he was painting.

"I was always told just to take out what you don't like," he said.

Artist Jordan Heidler works on a water-color painting of a farm on Messersmith Rd. in Glen Rock as one of 40 artists chosen to preserve National Land Trust properties, Thursday, August 11, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

The other artists participating in the project are: Beth Fowler, Peri Papayannis, Judy Orcutt, Marion Stephenson, Paul Gallo, Jason Tako, Brett Greiman, Candy Delaney, Carol Herr, Michael Allen, Sharon Benner, Mary Moores, Catherine Herbert, Karen Riedy, Julie Riker, Kerry Sacco, Bob Hartson, Craig Andrews, Megan Strott, Carol Little, Ellen Engdal Ehlenbeck, Alex Rosenkreuz, James Bricker, Donna Berk Barlup, Glenn Blue, Suzanne Stoltenberg, George Sechrist, Dorothy Stepenaski, Robert Oughton, Phyllis Koster, Barbara Buchanan, Michael Brothers, Kay Kohler, Phyllis Disher Fredericks, Mary Todenhoft, Kevin Miller, Deb Gurman, Rebecca Yates Shorb and Anita Williams.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.