Capturing West Michigan’s natural areas through art and conservation

With the sweep of a brush or click of a camera, a moment and a place in time is preserved. It is through art that we understand the past and inspire the future. And it is through conservation that the special natural areas that surround us in West Michigan are preserved forever for future generations to visit and enjoy.

Preserved! brings together art and conservation

Through Preserved!, the Land Conservancy of West Michigan partners with local artists to raise awareness of the importance of conserving West Michigan’s natural areas.

Preserved 2015

During the spring, summer, and fall of 2015, participating artists visited the Land Conservancy’s protected properties to create their art outdoors. Their experiences and work were shared on the Land Conservancy’s blog and at live demo events throughout the season.

In October and November, the art that was created through the Preserved! program was shown in two exhibits – first at LaFontsee Gallery in Douglas, MI and then at Calvin College’s (106) Gallery and Studio in Grand Rapids, MI.

Preserved! is an opportunity for artists, nature lovers, and the greater community to join together to experience and celebrate the land that surrounds us in West Michigan. Together, we can further preserve these special places for future generations.

Funding for this program has been generously provided by the Wege Foundation.

Now accepting artist applications for Preserved! 2017

Artist Invitation  |  Artist Application  Applications are due March 8th, 2017

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