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Art In the Orchard

The Sixth Invitational runs from August 20 through November 27, 2022.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Art In the Orchard 2022 featuring the work of Gerald Clark and Mark Fenwick

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

 

Easthampton, Massachusetts, 7/01/2022

Art In the Orchard to feature stone work by Gerald Clark and Carved wood sculptures by the Vermont artist, Mark Fenwick and reprise presentations of several of the best works from past shows.

Come find a hidden gem in western Massachusetts. Over the past twelve years we have met many artists. These two artists are, in our opinion, undiscovered treasures that deserve a viewing. The Sculpture grounds at the working orchard at Park Hill in the five college region of Easthampton, Massachusetts make a great day trip from the Boston or New York areas. Nearby are other sculptures, wineries, breweries, dispensaries and really good restaurants.

Art in the Orchard 2022 (AiO’22) will run from the August 20 until November 27, and the grounds will be open everyday from dawn to dusk. In this transitional post-pandemic time, AiO’22 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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Background Info:

Art in the Orchard is a multifaceted sculpture exhibition and festival taking place between August 20 and Thanksgiving weekend, 2022, on the grounds of a quintessential working New England apple orchard in Easthampton, Massachusetts. AIO 2022 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 and six invitationals 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.

Each year over 30,000 folks 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