The Westerly Land Trust has undertaken another unique fundraising event. Upon listening to the poetic and nature-centric lyrics of Susan Cowsill's latest CD entitled Lighthouse, WLT Executive Director Kelly Presley thought it would be fun to link the music to the group's conservation work in a meaningful way. What she envisioned was an effort that would also showcase the talent of local artists, including those of the Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly (ACGOW) who now happily reside in their new gallery at 7 Canal Street that is owned by the Land Trust. A quick chat with artist Sandi Gold and an email to Susan Cowsill were all it took to move the concept forward.
With Susan's permission, WLT initiated "Artistic Reflections," a unique silent auction fundraiser combining nature, art and music. Participating artists have created visual interpretations of songs from Cowsill's recently released album, "Lighthouse," and have agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds to benefit The Westerly Land Trust. The exhibit is in WLT headquarters at 10 High Street and is open during business hours for browsing and placing bids until October 24. The artwork on display is available for purchase and includes paintings, photographs, wall hangings and jewelry.
The closing reception set for October 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. will give visitors a chance to meet and mingle with Susan Cowsill and participating artists as the bidding winds down at 6:30 p.m. Auction winners will then be announced and light refreshments will be served throughout the event.
Immediately following the close of the silent auction, Susan Cowsill and her band will perform at the Knickerbocker Café, located at 35 Railroad Avenue in Westerly. Click here to purchase tickets for the 7 p.m. show or call the Knickerbocker Café at (401) 596-4225 for more information.
Note: Below are some of the works of art mentioned in this article.