Art of the Heirloom Exhibit

Featuring 16 new commissioned works for the Hudson Valley Seed Library

Seed_Library_-_Radiant_Radish.jpgExhibit Dates:  April 7 to May 31

Opening Reception: 
Saturday, April 11, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Lecture and Presentation with Ken Greene, Founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library:  
Saturday, April 11, 3:30pm

If every seed is a story, then every garden is a work of art bringing stories to life. But what about a seed’s cultural story—the long history of those who selected it, kept it alive, and passed it on? To help tell these fertile and creative stories, Hudson Valley Seed Library commissions original art for a select number of unique seed packs in its annual catalog.

The Art of the Heirloom exhibit celebrates this delightful intersection of art and garden. For the 2015 collection, over 400 artists applied for only 16 available commissions. Featured artists range from the up-and-coming to the world-renowned; working in watercolor, collage, oil, letterpress, embroidery, and more.

Seed packets and signed prints will be available for sale during the exhibit.

Cultural Seed Savers - Lecture and Presentation with Ken Greene, founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library:  Saturday, April 11, 3:30pm

If every seed is a story, then every garden is a work of art bringing seed stories to life. This talk and slide presentation showcases gardening heritage through elegant, humorous, and telling images from the Seed Library's collection of vintage seed catalogs, seed packs, and ephemera 1850s-1960s. Moving from history into the present, we’ll see some of the contemporary art commission by the Seed Library along with photos of the Seed Library farm. Along the way we'll learn about easy, beautiful, and tasty heirloom varieties for gardeners to grow at home.

Ken Greene is founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library, a project he germinated in a small town library that has now blossomed into a seed company and seed farm devoted to producing seed for home gardeners and farmers, fostering a regional seed-saving community, and celebrating seeds through art. Greene is on the board of directors for the Organic Seed Alliance and has given presentations for Northeast Organic Farming Association, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Culinary Institute of America, Seed Savers Exchange, National Heirloom Expo, Cornell and many garden clubs other organizations.

Exhibit is open during all public hours and is free with regular admission. Reception and presentation is also free to the public with regular admission.