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Arts in Bloom – A Saturday on La Grande Pommeraie

Many of you know Appel Farm as a wonderful, transformative summer arts camp where kids spend the summer making friends while making art. This weekend Appel Farm is showing off another side of its personality: in addition to being a world famous arts camp, Appel Farm is also a place where artists can come together to collaborate and create the whole year long!

Appel Farm will be opening its Art Studio doors and its grounds on this Saturday, May 16th, as a part of Salem County’s annual Arts in Bloom Artist Studio Tours for a day we are calling “A Saturday on La Grande Pommeraie.”

This title is a homage to the Impressionist painter Georges Seurat’s Pointillist masterpiece “A Sunday Afternoon on la Grande Jatte.” (Pommeraie is French and translates to “apple farm”.) In the spirit of Impressionists like Seurat, we are inviting artists to spend the day at Appel Farm and paint “en plein air” using our 176 gorgeous acres as inspiration for their work. (Plein air is another French phrase that means “in the open air” so painting en plein air means setting up your easel and making art outdoors.) Our modern, spacious studios will also be open for artists who would like to use our printing press or our ceramics studio or who simply prefer to make art indoors.

From 1:00 – 2:30 PM, artists are invited to bring a packed lunch and meet on the back patio of our dining hall for an informal art share and discussion, while enjoying  a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. We are calling this portion of the day “Luncheon on the Grass” in reference to another Impressionist masterpiece by painter Eduoard Manet.

Artists and friends of Appel Farm – we would love to see you on Saturday! For more information, please email Melissa at mtevere@appelfarm.org.