Burns Maxey: Don’t miss Easthampton’s Art in the Orchard
To the editor:
Recognition and thanks should go to the creators of Art in the Orchard: Russell Braen, Alane Hartley and Jean-Pierre Pasche. They have successfully transformed the agricultural landscape of an orchard into a cultural resource for the public to enjoy and contemplate over the transforming seasons.
Two years ago, the positive experiences of the first Art in the Orchard reverberated beyond Easthampton’s boundaries. Visitors filled the orchard to view a new sculpture trail and attendance exceeded the organizers’ expectations. The notion of combining art and farmland resonated with the Pioneer Valley’s ideals. Once again, they have brought us another outdoor exhibition that is no less magical than its predecessor, and an extensive roster of events including apple picking, dance performances, moonlit poetry readings, outdoor yoga, musical concerts, workshops and more. What the creators of Art in the Orchard have done is recognize the power of place. With a grant from the Easthampton Cultural Council, the help of many local volunteers, and the support of businesses in the community, they fostered a sense of place into a destination that gives us all an unexpected view of Easthampton beyond the bustling Route 141, the art studios and vibrant businesses in the reinvigorated mills, and the attractions of the Cottage Street Cultural District. Before October passes us, visit Art in the Orchard and experience the merging of Easthampton’s farmland with this cultural locus full of talented artists, and congratulate these wonderful leaders who shared it.
Burns Maxey is the Easthampton City Arts+ Coordinator