This summer, I undertook a big project. I organized a juried exhibition in my local nature preserve. When Southborough Open Land Foundation asked me to mount a show four years ago for their 25th Anniversary Celebration, it was informal. This year, I wanted to create a sustainable program that would draw professional artists and poets, so I spoke with several people who have experience with public installation programs.
First, I went to see Linda Hoffman, Artist and Orchardist at Farm at Old Frog Pond in Harvard, Massachusetts. Set on 25 acres of land surrounding a pond, she has an apple orchard, walking trails, and many wonderful art installations. Every year, she invites artists to install work on the property and, each September, she hosts a Sculpture Walk, along with apple and raspberry picking, and a live band. This year’s event had perfect weather and a big crowd. The work was diverse and remarkable, spanning from metal butterflies to a giant bird, to miniature bronze people perched on rocks. In all, there are 40 pieces in this year’s show, and additional permanent installations. Next week, the farm will host a Plein Air Poetry Walk, in which poets read work written in response to the art. More information.