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Art show will 
help preserve the local land

HARVARD – The Land Conservancy of McHenry County’s fourth annual Art of the Land Benefit Art Show and Sale will be Friday and Saturday at the Starline Gallery in Harvard.

A shared interest in art and the local land led several of the gallery’s resident artists to create the benefit art show in 2009 to raise money for The Land Conservancy of McHenry County, the local nonprofit land conservation organization working with private landowners to preserve the rural character and natural beauty of the area.

Pre-sale admission to the event, good for both nights, is $20 if purchased by Wednesday. After that, the cost will be $30 at the door.

Admission includes appetizers, sweets and entertainment. A cash bar will serve cold beer, wine and soft drinks.

Sixty artists and artisans will have their work on display and for sale at the gallery, donating 30 percent of their sales. The artists also are donating a special piece to raise money through a silent auction.

The event will feature a display of photos taken by amateur photographers at many of the properties TLC has preserved. People’s Choice voting will take place Saturday, and winning photographs will be announced.

The show will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Attendees can join storyteller Jim May at the “Voices of the Land” Coffeehouse, and listen to a collection of spoken word, music and stories about the land from local people.

From 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, TLC will offer hors d’oeuvres prepared by Crystal Lake’s 1776 restaurant with locally grown ingredients. There also will be live music.

Tickets can be bought online at www.conservemc.org, or by calling 815-337-9502.

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