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For the Press - Art In the Orchard 2018

Art In the Orchard

There is no sculpture show in 2020. We will be back strong with the Sixth Biennial in 2021.

Background Info:

Art in the Orchard is a multifaceted sculpture exhibition and festival taking place between August 16 and Thanksgiving weekend, 2020, on the grounds of a quitessential working New England apple orchard in Easthampton, Massachusetts. AIO 2020 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 five 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