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Landscapes for Landsake in Washington County, October 6-8

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An Art Show For Farmland Preservation

The ASA’s Landscapes for Landsake Exhibit, October 6-8

Wedding Hill Romney by Leslie PeckWashington and northern Rensselaer Counties provide some of the most scenic views on a fall day. In addition to colorful fall foliage, small family farms and pastoral scenes combine to create an almost magical experience.

The scenic landscapes and farming traditions of the Upper Hudson Valley will be featured at the Agricultural Stewardship Association’s 11th Annual Landscapes for Landsake art exhibition on Columbus Day Weekend, October 6th-8th, at Maple Ridge, 172 Route 372 in the hamlet of Coila in Washington County.

The historic barn at Maple Ridge will be lined with work from 34 artists who have been inspired by local working landscapes. More than 200 paintings, sculptures and mixed media artwork will be available for sale and 50 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Agricultural Stewardship Association’s farmland preservation initiatives.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, October 6th from 3 to 6pm. Admission will be $5 for adults and free for students and children. The gallery will also be open from noon to 4pm on October  7th and 8th, or by appointment. “We have the gallery open Sunday and Monday because parking is limited,” said ASA Executive Director Teri Ptacek.

Ptacek said that more than 1,500 visitors attended over the course of Columbus Day weekend last year. This year’s show is being curated by artist Serena Kovalosky who does contemporary organic sculpture.

Founded in 1990, ASA works with landowners in Washington and Rensselaer Counties to protect productive farmland in the Upper Hudson Valley with conservation easements. ASA also offers educational programs for children and families in the summer to connect them to the land and the agricultural process.

To date, ASA has worked with 92 farm families to conserve 14,100 acres of productive land that contributes to the Northeast Foodshed. The organization recently launched a five-year plan that calls for preserving another 8,000 to 11,000 acres of farmland by 2018.

For more information about the exhibition or the ASA, visit To see the art by appointment, call 518-692-7285.

Holli Rossi Murphy is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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