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Artists And Businesses Donate To Darien Tree Conservancy Photo Contest

Eileen Smith from Tree Conservancy of Darien and artist Elizabeth Higgins. Photo Credit: Contributed
“Spring Landscape”, donated artwork by Elizabeth Higgins. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- The opening reception for the 2016 Tree Conservancy of Darien’s photo contest, ‘Celebration of Trees’ on March 4 will feature a silent auction with donated artwork from Elizabeth Higgins, also known locally as Betsy Jones.

Palmers Market has sponsored the reception and Wineport of Darien has donated wines for the evening. All proceeds from the photo contest and reception will go directly toward the care and planting of trees in Darien. Higgins has donated her 48- inch wide by 24-inch high oil painting on canvas, “Spring Landscape” for bidding in the silent auction.

Those who live, work or volunteer in Darien, wishing to enter the photo contest must submit entries on Thursday, Feb. 25 or Friday, Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Road. Rules of entry and entry form are available at the Tree Conservancy website .

Photos should be taken within the past two years and can be black and white or color. Tree Conservancy is expanding the scope of this year’s contest by allowing photos of trees outside of Darien to be submitted for entry and including a Fairfield County professional category.

Registration fee is $10 for students, $15 for adults and $15 for professionals, with a limit of three entries per person and one per category. Photos will be displayed at the Darien Nature Center from March 4 to March 25, and will be judged by Nancy McTague-Stock and Bill Taufic. Prizes will be awarded in several categories

The reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Darien Nature Center and is open to all.

For more information or to donate to Tree Conservancy of Darien, visit the Tree Conservancy at their website or email them at

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