An installation from the Quarry Garden's 2012 art show.
In a fusion of art and nature, a new show will come alive from the soil of the Quarry Garden Garlic Farm in Chazy, building an all encompassing creative experience from the collaboration of four artists.
The “Beets and Bones” show is a collaboration between Kimberly LeClaire, Meg Risley, Gharan Burton, and Jeff Cochron. Additional artists may participate by submitting their work before the show.
LeClaire said the “Beets” are a play on the elements of the earth, fruit of the farm’s soil and celebration of the farm’s 10th anniversary performance. The “Bones” signify life, creation and being alive.
The art show will be held on Sept. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the farm, located about 10 miles north of Conroy’s Organics on Route 9 in Chazy.
“It isn’t really marked and doesn’t have an address but we will have signs and markers by the road to lead our guests to the show,” said LeClaire. “We aren’t a typical, open-to-the-public farm like the orchards in the area so this show will be a chance for people to get a rare look at our place, see the art in an interactive walk through the property and if they want to they can purchase garlic on the way out.”
The farm itself was built upon the grounds of a former limestone quarry, LeClaire said.
“For 50 years the land was mined for limestone until one day I was told they hit a spring while digging and then a lake was born,” said LeClaire. The property was purchased by her family about 10 years ago and since then, LeClaire said it has been her labor of love to tenderly rejuvenate the soil and the landscape into an herbal retreat and living sculpture garden.
“It is a private farm, we aren’t normally open to the public but for the last four years we’ve held these art shows and invited the curious public and art enthusiasts to join us,” said LeClaire.
Some of the work will come right from the land, some pieces are temporarily erected for the exhibit while others have been made into permanent displays.
The work will be displayed out around the property in the courtyard overlooking the lake, in the garden and into the woods, LeClaire said.
LeClaire said the artists have been working together for years and their mutual artistic styles felt a perfect fit to work together on the show.
“We all do work that is pretty penetrating, work that penetrates all the senses,” LeClaire said.
Additional artists are invited to participate. LeClaire said work can be submitted with a $3 to $10 sliding scale submission fee.
Burton’s work will bring a “strong presence” using bigger pieces made from wood, stone, and steel sculptures, said LeClaire.
Cochron’s work will center around the theme of a human’s place in the world and utilizes all the elements of the human psychology. It’s centered around their desire for religion and companionship through wooden totem polls that illustrate religious themes of the modern man, LeClaire said.
While Risley’s work will be less structured, LeClaire said her presence will surround the entirety of the showcased artwork through her wood, fabric, stones to reflect the herbal art specifically planted by the lake.
“Her work will set the place,” LeClaire said.
Most of the work will be for sale, LeClaire said, but work can also be commissioned for particular customers.
For a more comfortable experience, LeClaire wants to remind guests they will be walking from exhibit to exhibit on the farm and suggests visitors wear mosquito spray and comfortable walking shoes.
“We want everyone to have as enjoyable an experience as possible,” LeClaire said.
For more information about the show call LeClaire at 562-3243.