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Art In the Orchard

The Sixth Biennial runs from August 1 through November 28, 2021.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The list of Artists making up Art in the Orchard ’21 is public.

Contact information:
Jean-Pierre Pasche
Art in the Orchard
413-529-9265
jean-pierre@parkhillorchard.com

 

Easthampton, Massachusetts, 6/01/2021

The 6th Biennial: Art In the Orchard announces Artist selections for 2021.

The jury for this year’s Biennial exhibit met recently to select the thirty (out of almost 100) applications) sculptures and installations that will be displayed at Art In the Orchard later this year. The beloved and quintessential farm-based outdoor sculpture exhibition is celebrating its 6th biennial and expects 25,000 or more visitors.

The board of Art in the Orchard is very pleased with the quantity and quality of the submissions, as well as the jury’s final selection, and is looking forward to offer this new array of creativity to the public. For a list of the selected artists please see the attached documents.

This jury was composed of five local personalities, all with experience in outdoor exhibition:

  • Pamela Matsuda-Dunn, multi-disciplinary artist, past exhibitor
  • Silas Kopf, woodworker, marquetry artist, furniture designer
  • Diana Alvarez, singer - songwriter, poet, composer, filmmaker
  • Maggie Nowinski, artist, past exhibitor, art educator and curator
  • Jean-Pierre Pasche, co-founder of Art in the Orchard

The selection process was a very challenging one, as there was a lot of great creativity and diversity in the close to one hundred applications. It was interesting to note that several applications had similar subject matters: a number of very tall sculptures, several arches or portals, as well as installations representing or incorporating floral elements, all signs of positive transition as we are headed out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Art in the Orchard 2021 (AiO’21) will run from the beginning of August to the end of November, and the grounds will be open everyday from dawn to dusk. In this transitional post-pandemic time, AiO’21 will offer a safe, relaxing and enriching opportunity for visitors to experience the sculpture trails as well as all that Park Hill Orchard has to offer. Additional events (such as music, moonlight walks, dance, theater and more) will be programmed throughout the duration of the exhibit.

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Additional information:  List of Artists AiO’21


Background Info:

Art in the Orchard is a multifaceted sculpture exhibition and festival taking place between August 1 and Thanksgiving weekend, 2021, on the grounds of a quitessential working New England apple orchard in Easthampton, Massachusetts. AIO 2021 is a curated invitational sculpture exhibition along a walking trail showcasing three dimensional outdoor works and installations created by local and regional artists. Additional events (such as music, storytelling, theater, and school field trips) will be programmed most weeks.

The six AIO biennials have built on the success of the first exhibition in 2011, which came to existence thanks to the desire of Park Hill Orchard owners Alane Hartley and Russell Braen to have their farm play an active part in the local cultural economy and a dream of Easthampton gallery owner Jean-Pierre Pasche to recreate an outdoor sculpture exhibit like the one set in meadows near his hometown in Switzerland.

Response from the community surpassed all expectations and the show is the product of hundreds of local creative people and families who come together with their higher mind to each add a facet to this diamond in the rough. With meaningful support and encouragement from the Easthampton City government, Cultural Counsel, Local business donors and supporters we are able to gather in this remarkable setting to view Easthampton from a whole different perspective.

Over the years more than a hundred thousand of visitor have discovered the sculpture trail and Park Hill, many returning with friends more than once.  Art In the Orchard is truly a destination place, where one can bring visitors from away, to experience the fruits of Western Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley.

Our project is recognized by the Massachusetts Cultural Council who has generously supported Art in the Orchard with one of its three annual Gold Star Awards as an exemplary community arts event out of more than 5000 projects funded annually by local cultural councils statewide.

Here is a link to the Facebook page for Art In the Orchard

Here is a link to a short movie about Art In the Orchard, 2011

Here is a link to the Massachusetts Cultural Commission