The jury is now accepting applications for the fourth biennial 2017 Art In the Orchard exhibition. Applications and supporting media are due by April 1, 2017. Please do enter and send this link to your sculptor friends.
Art In the Orchard, open all day from August 1 until Thanksgiving, 2017, is a walking sculpture trail which winds through our fruit gardens. The self-guided trail is about a half-mile long. A walk through the labyrinth adds about a quarter mile. This year's exhibition is the fourth biennial which features all new works by sculptors as selected by our credentialed jury.
Timeline for 2017: The Call for Entries will be issued in early January with applications due April 1. The jury will meet in April and announce their selections. Installation will be completed by August 1 for the August 13 opening.
Park Hill Orchard is a working fruit farm and the sculpture exhibition begins and ends with our harvest season. Visitors are strongly encouraged to partake in the flavorful tree-ripe fruit we produce by experiencing the PYO gardens or purchasing fruit and treats in the farm stand.
Regarding Price: To clear up any confusion. You are allowed to make a voluntary donation to AiO at the trailhead. The sign suggests $5 per person or $20 per group or family. But your donation is voluntary and walking the sculpture trail is free. People who can should give more.
The trail is a great destination for a family visit. Walking in the good air, high-minded sculpture, exceptional views, pick-your-own apples. Bring your friends from out-of-town and show them how we roll in this Happy Valley. Many people make an afternoon of it, bringing a picnic basket, lounging among the trees.
There are many ways to work with Art In the Orchard. The most important thing is to attend and enjoy the remarkable and unique set and setting. Many people are involved at many levels including artists, planners, guides, parkers, coordinators, groundskeepers, fund raisers and spokespersons. Here is a link to the list of volunteer positions.
The very best part of this show is the act of doing fun and meaningful things with all kinds of people for a good reason. Please do consider picking up some volunteer shifts on free days! We have some fun and get 'er done here on the farm.