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An Art Exhibit that Supports Farmland Preservation: Landscapes for Landsake, Preview

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A Unique Exhibit of Painting and Photography

Preview of ASA’s Landscapes for Landsake Annual Exhibit

A Landscape by Ann Fitzgibbons. Image Courtesy of Agricultural Stewardship Association.Washington and northern Rensselaer Counties offer incredibly scenic views this time of year. The leaves are beginning to peak and the temperature changes from oppressive heat to crisp, cooler weather.

These scenic landscapes fused with the farming traditions of the Upper Hudson Valley will be prominently displayed at the Agricultural Stewardship Association’s 13th Annual Landscapes for Landsake art exhibition on Columbus Day Weekend, October 11-13, 2014.

The historic barn at Maple Ridge in Coila will be lined with work from 31 artists who have been inspired by the region and its 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.

The exhibit will have its opening celebration on Saturday, October 11th from 1-5pm, with a wine and cheese reception; admission will be $5 per person. Gallery hours will be from 12-4pm on October 12th & 13th (Sunday and Monday), which are free of charge. This year’s show will also feature photography in the Cellar Gallery.

All the works chosen for exhibition will be offered for sale. This year’s artists will include: Gigi Begin, John Begin, Matt Chinian, Todd Collins, Ian Creitz, Richard Dubin, Judith Ellers, Ann Fitzgibbons, Jerry Freedner, Dominick Guida, Sharon Hanehan, Thomas Kerr, Clarence King, Carol Law Conklin, Matthew Lerman, Annie McNeice, Virginia McNeice, Tom Moses, Robert Moylan, Harry Orlyk, Leslie Parke, Leslie Peck, Steven Jay Sanford, Bob Skinner, Seline Skoug, Barbara J. Sussman, Janine Thomas, Shira Toren, Mark Tougias, George Van Hook, Gyula Varosy and Regina Wickham.

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.

The barn at Maple Ridge is located at 172 Route 372 in the hamlet of Coila, just outside of Cambridge, in Washington County.

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

–By The Free George Staff. Image by Ann Fitzgibbons, courtesy of Agricultural Stewardship Association.

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