Landscapes for Landsake
The Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) has worked for 27 years to protect the farms, rich soils and agricultural landscape in New York’s Washington and Rensselaer counties, conserving 112 farms and 17,500 acres. The ‘Landscapes for Landsake’ Art Sale and Exhibition is a major fundraiser for ASA’s endeavors. This year’s exhibition features the work of 58 artists, 13 of whom are participating for the first time.
The event will be held in an historic barn at Maple Ridge, 172 Route 372 in the hamlet of Coila, N.Y., just west of the Village of Cambridge. It opens with a wine and cheese reception on Saturday, October 7, from 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. The gallery will also be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, free of charge. Several of the artists will be on hand to discuss their work throughout the weekend. All of the participating artists have generously pledged to donate 50 percent of their sale proceeds to ASA in support of its farmland conservation work. Funds raised from the sale directly benefit regional projects.
This year’s featured piece, ‘Farmland at Dawn,’ was painted by Ann Fitzgibbons. “I think for myself, – and perhaps for all the artists who participate in ‘Landscapes for Landsake’ – there is a deep connection to this land, a sense of place,” Ann says. “Through our art, using design, color and composition, we are attempting to capture the beauty of this area. Just as land conserved for agricultural use is without doubt a gift for the generations to come, so too are the landscapes that reflect this land.”
For a preview of the works for sale, visit agstewardship.org.