FARMINGTON — Fine artist Kate Emery will auction her original oil painting, “Mountain Spring,” to benefit the Farmington Land Trust, one of the oldest land trusts in Connecticut, according to an email from the artist. The landscape painting depicts the view from the Farmington Land Trust’s Carriage House on Mountain Spring Road, overlooking the spring for which the road was named. Bids will be accepted online at http://www.KateEmery.com/auctionsthrough 11:59 p.m. on June 30.
Emery’s desire to support land preservation efforts is both timely and personal. “The Farmington Land Trust was actually started by my dad,” she says, adding: “One thing COVID-19 has taught us is the importance to our mental health of having open spaces to wander and appreciate.”
The 18x24-inch painting is one of several recent works inspired by Emery’s home town. A second-career artist who works full-time from her Farmington-based 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 started reSET, a Hartford-based non-profit 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 have loved building a business that serves its employees and the community, and now I’m very excited to be able to contribute through my art, as well,” Emery says. “I think we can all make a positive difference through our work and are happiest when we do so,” she adds.
Emery will donate 75 percent of the price realized for the painting, valued at $800, to the Farmington Land Trust, which has protected 66 parcels — more than 300 acres of forests, fields, wildlife habitat and historic landscapes — since it was established in 1971. Interested bidders may see the painting on the artist’s website, www.KateEmery.com.