Art in the Orchard is a multifaceted sculpture exhibition and festival taking place between August 13 and Thanksgiving on the grounds of a quitessential working New England apple orchard in Easthampton, Massachusetts. AiO 2017 is a 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 week-ends.
2017 marks the fourth biennial community sculpture show at the iconic orchard on Park Hill.
AiO 2013 and '15 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 tens of thousands of visitors have discoved 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