Gallery in the Garden September 2009 Update

After 10 wonderful years of hosting thousands of people, hundreds of artists, and creating innumerable cherished memories, Gallery in the Garden will take some time off to be re-invented, and allow me to explore some other projects I've wanted to pursue. When we bought this charming house at Hawk Mountain 11 years ago I quickly realized it was too special to keep to ourselves. When you buy a 200 year old house you realize you never quite "own" it, you are simply an "agent of history". So our chapter of history quickly revealed itself -- inspired by salons throughout time, it would exhibit the work of emerging and recognized artists from the Philadelphia and New York region. Showing contemporary work; including site specific installations, works in bronze, glass, steel, juxtaposed in a primitive home and naturalistic gardens -- drawing people as far as south as Virginia, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and a host of international visitors dragged along by other visitors -- imagine their pleasant surprise.

So Gallery in the Garden has lead to inSitu:628, the urban version of the salon -- and who knows what will come next up at the country -- just stay tuned. Something is brewing...

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Gallery in the Garden

Gallery in the Garden, coming into its 9th year this year, has become a "laboratory" in some ways, not only for me and how I continue to develop the physical landscape as I envision it, and how it is used each year for the show -- but a place for artists to freely experiment with a new body of work, new materials, a new direction. It has become a place for dancers, poets, performers along with visual artists to create a magical experience.

Visited by garden groups, including the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Delaware Valley Pond Society, Hardy Plant Society, and Delaware Valley College show that art and nature really are simpatico.

These are just a sampling of some of the wonderful invitations that in collaboration with artist Debra Rosenblum have been created to capture the spirit of Gallery in the Garden. Using the images by artists and/or references to the artwork has been the constant theme that has guided the design effort for each year's invitation -- always a reminder that these endeavors are true collaborations from the very beginning.

Gallery in the Garden 2005 once again featured the work of many amazing artists. Isabella had her first photography credit -- the invitation was inspired by the image that she captured of the fish in the pond. Along with the fish, the reflection of the trees and sky above was the bonus. Once again Deb manipulated the image so it was viewed as a tapestry. Or is it a painting?

Photography by Susan Benarcik

(from top to bottom)
Glass vessels by Will Dexter,
Ceramic sculpture by Rain Harris,
Wood-fired vessel by Willi Singleton.

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