Art of the Heirloom: Keeping the culture in agriculture.

by Ken Greene

Thank you to everyone who attended our Art of the Heirloom exhibition at the Friends of Historic Kingston Museum! At least 300 people came to see the original artworks that were commissioned for the covers of this year's Art Packs. It was also the first chance to see (and buy!) the new packs.

art-of-heirloom-fohk-2We mount this show, in part, to support our artists. Each of the 23 new pack artists (who were chosen from an applicant pool of over 140)  worked closely with the Seed Library over a period of months creating their work. Although we pay our artists, it's not nearly what they are worth. The show is one of our ways of giving back what we can. The artists receive important exposure, introducing new people to their work and creating connections between galleries, art buyers, media, and the artists.

Over the four years we've been creating our Art Packs, many of you have asked if you can purchase the original pieces. The originals become part of the Seed Library archives, but we're now offering limited edition, museum-quality signed prints of a selection of 12 of the pieces. For the first time, they are now available online in our Holiday Catalog.

art-of-heirloom-fohk-seed-swapThe show is now traveling to different venues around the Hudson Valley and beyond including Kingston, Troy, Ellenville, Rosendale, New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut. We are able to share the show because of the support of local sponsors including the well-established Catskill Native Nursery, the brand new Crossroads Hydroponics and Organics, and the second annual CRAFTED event. The support of these businesses has made it possible to frame the works, which protects them, as well as offer the show to different groups for no cost. We're still in need of a few more sponsors to keep the show on the road. Let us know if you can pitch in!

You can see the current schedule of upcoming Art of the Heirloom shows on our events page. We've also updated the events page so you can see where the Seed Library will be in the coming months. Come say hello and get your seeds in person! We love meeting current, new, and potential Seed library gardeners.