Pack Art: Pollinator Dreams

by Ken Greene

This year's pack art show is called Pollinator Dreams. Pollinators and dreams are essential parts of gardening in the Northeast. Our dreams are where we hold the flavors, smells, and beauty of our garden bounty during the bleak winter and bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinators make our dreams come true in the spring. Each of this year's 16 New York artists, selected from over 120 submissions, dreamed up their interpretation of one vegetable, herb, or flower variety in our catalog. The diversity of the resulting artwork reflects the many stories behind each plant and the genetic wonder that makes each seed unique.

This year's show also features a preview with heirloom appetizers prepared by Lagusta's Luscious, students from the Culinary Institute of America, and other local chefs. The tastes from next year's catalog will be served on limited edition "pest and pollinator" plates made by potter Ayumi Horie. We hope that this year's pack art show will inspire colorful and fantastical garden dreams all winter long. It's going to be a tasty and totally local show!

If you are a blog, magazine, newspaper, or publication that would like to write a preview of the Art Packs and gallery show, please contact me and I'll send you a sneak peak of the new artwork and seed packs. In the meantime, here is the Press Release from Roos Arts.

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Pollinator Dreams: Hudson Valley Seed Library Pack Art 2010 & Ayumi Horie Pottery
November 14 – December 12, 2009
Preview: Saturday, November 14th, 6 pm, $ 10.00 per person/RSVP
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 14th, 7 – 9 pm

The Hudson Valley Seed Library and Roos Arts are thrilled to present “Pollinator Dreams”: The second annual show featuring the original artwork chosen for each seed package and Ayumi Horie’s special edition plates made to compliment the exhibition.  Join us at Roos Arts to celebrate the launch of the 2010 Art Packs, meet the artists and founders of the Hudson Valley Seed Library.  Please RSVP for the pre-opening party where local chefs, including Culinary Institute of America’s sustainable agricultural group students, will entice us with a taste of the heirloom appetizers created using local and seasonal ingredients.  The opening reception for the general public will follow the preview.

“Pollinator Dreams” presents the Hudson Valley Seed Library’s vision of forming and sustaining local food networks.  To foster other ways to celebrate our region, The Hudson Valley Seed Library started a new tradition last year of working with artists to create cover art for their seed packs. The project brings together art and seeds to “represent a broad spectrum of styles, mediums, and visions, just as our seeds represent generations of individual tastes, culinary approaches, and garden heritage.” The diversity of the artwork from this year’s 16 Pack Artists reflects the many stories behind each variety and the genetic wonder that makes each plant unique.

We have also teamed up with Ayumi Horie, a celebrated studio potter, who lives and works in Hudson Valley. She mixes Japanese and American Folk traditions in her drawings to design a perfect blend of humor and sweetness in functional art.  Her interest in everyday life and love for materials are evident in each handmade pot and plate.  We are excited to present Ayumi Horie’s special edition of plates inspired by pollinators and pests of our region. The special edition plates and the original seed pack artwork will be on display and available for purchase at Roos Arts alongside the Hudson Valley Seed Library’s Art Packs and seeds.

This year’s artists live and work all over the Hudson Valley. Each interpreted one heirloom garden variety for the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Mediums include collage, ceramics, watercolor, paper cutting, illustration, oil, rustoleum, and embroidery.

The participating artists are:

Robert Morris/ Arugula, Wendy Hollender/ Basil Bouquet, Donna Sharrett/ Borage, Jacinta Bunnell/ Calico Popcorn, Dana Gentile/ Costata Romanesca Zucchini, Arik Roper/ Dragon’s Tongue Bean, Michael Asbill/ Forellenschlus, Deb Lucke/Fox Cherry Tomato, Joan Lesikin/New England Pie Pumpkin, Rachelle Cohen/New Yorker Tomato, Ambriel Floyd/Painted Daisy, Ayumi Horie/Piracicaba Broccoli, Diana Bryan/Ruby Queen Beet, Ryan Cronin/Sugar Baby Watermelon, Gigi Chew/Sunflower Surprise, and Michael Gellatly/Sweet Salad Pepper.


The Hudson Valley Seed Library is a homestead-based farm and business in upstate New York founded by Ken Greene and Doug Muller. Using hand tools and low-tech processes they grow a range of heirloom and open-pollinated vegetables, herbs, and flowers from which they save seed. Their goal is to provide seeds to urban, suburban, and rural home gardeners. By 2014, they aim to offer 100% locally grown seed.  For more info visit or contact

Originally from Maine, Ayumi Horie received her BA from Mount Holyoke College, her BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and her MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is on the board of directors of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana and has taught many workshops on functional ceramics across the U.S. and internationally. She lives and works in Cottekill, New York.  Visit for more information.

Roos Arts is a contemporary exhibition space that joined the Hudson Valley community in April 2009.  Roos Arts is working with artists from in and outside of New York to create exhibitions reflecting the diverse art community.  We are currently showing, “Hello Stranger: Giselle Potter, Alexandra Lakin and Neal Hollinger”.  Visit for more information.

Additional information for “Pollinator Dreams: Pack Art 2010 & Ayumi Horie Pottery” is available upon request by contacting Heige Kim at 718-755-4726 or via email at