It was about 50 years ago, when the Baltimore Beltway (I-495) was completed, that residents of the lush valleys just north of Baltimore realized that the new beltway would bring with it new development. The idea of spoiling the pristine landscape did not appeal to them, so they formed the Valleys Planning Council, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, to preserve land, plan for future conservation, and monitor and control development in Baltimore County.
The Valleys Planning Council celebrates with the biennial Art for Land’s Sake art show and sale, frequently at one of the properties that has been preserved through the VPC’s efforts. This year’s event will take place on October 3 and 4, with the Preview Party on Friday, October 2 at the permanently preserved Caves Farm, a spectacular 600-acre property in the Caves Valley.
The Preview Party launches the weekend’s Art for Land’s Sake and gives guests the first opportunity to preview and purchase works of art by a selection of local, regional and national artists. This year, the party features food and drinks by Rouge Catering, plenty of great shopping at exclusive show vendors, the opportunity to chat with artists in attendance and great music by The Lonesome Foxhunters. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased here.
The 2015 Art for Land’s Sake will feature more than 350 works of art from artists working in a variety of media ranging from found objects to photography, from oils on canvas to pencil on tinted paper. Works are in subjects as diverse as Fells Point and Loch Raven, and crows and cows. Of course there are numerous landscapes of the beautiful valleys that the VPC works to preserve. In other words, something for everyone!
Once you’ve had your fill of art, browse the exclusive vendors. Everyone’s local favorite shops, Halcyon House Antiques and Radcliffe Jewelers, will join Janet Egan Design, Bosom Buddy Bags, Karen Hill Designs, Scandaffren, Shepherdess Designs, Schaeffer Antiques, Beth Secor and Bacharach Metalworks in the shopping area.
There is plenty of free parking at Caves Farm and admission on Saturday and Sunday is $5.00 per person. The address is 11650 Park Heights Avenue in Owings Mills. Hours on Saturday and Sunday are from noon until 4:00 p.m.
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