Stranahan Forest: Behind the Farm

by Susan Abbott

600 open acres across the road from us were for sale last year for possible development. After months of worry we were ecstatic to hear that the owners had generously decided to sell the land at a very reduced cost to our town for public use. Last October I asked artist friends to join me at a "paint out" on the new town forest land, and with the Vermont Land Trust have organized a show of the paintings from that day (generously donated by the artists) to retire the last of our loan for the land purchase (click here for details.) We painters plan to keep meeting on the land (which has woods, ponds, wetlands, fields, mountain views, and an adjacent lovely farm) for plein air sessions this summer. Nice to get art on the roster of recreational uses.