Jan
6
Mar 30

After Apple Pruning Exhibit

The Launch

The Launch

After Apple Pruning is an installation of sculpture by Linda Hoffman with Lynn Horsky, Ariel Matisse, and Gabrielle White. The artists use apple prunings, natural fibers, fruit grafting techniques, and small bronze figures to create sculptures inspired by the apple orchard at Old Frog Pond Farm. Hidden Fruit, The Grafted Life, and Apple Pressing are among the new work.

The Gallery at Villageworks, 525 Massachusetts Avenue, Acton, Massachusetts 01720

Hours: M- F 9-5pm

 


Trees: The Authentic Gesture, Watercolor Workshop in the Orchard
Oct
8
1:00 pm13:00

Trees: The Authentic Gesture, Watercolor Workshop in the Orchard

This workshop is for anyone – professional painters as well as those who want to spend a delightful afternoon with paint and water! Our focus will be on capturing the form of the apple trees through the authentic gesture.  We will paint from the body — from the heart; and give ourselves over to the unexpected drips of color, as well as intentional brushstrokes. The instructor, Imadiel Ariel, is a full time fine artist, painter and photographer, who was a gallery instructor for many years at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, taught classes at the Umbrella in Concord,  and now teaches painting from her studio in Natick, MA. She can be reached at imadiel.art@gmail.com

Workshop fee: $35; supplies if you need them: $20. Reserve early online at as this workshop is sure to fill.

African Drumming with Moussa Traore & Friends
Oct
2
2:00 pm14:00

African Drumming with Moussa Traore & Friends

Moussa Traore was born and raised in Mali and is considered one of the world's top djembe players.  He is a dear friend of the farm and we are excited and honored to have him return for this much anticipated afternoon of family fun!  

An amazing afternoon of rhythm and community.

And fruit picking!  

See you there.

Sculpture Exhibit Reception for the Artists
Sep
18
1:00 pm13:00

Sculpture Exhibit Reception for the Artists

WIND SCULPTURE, MICHIO IHARA   PHOTO: BOB HESSE

WIND SCULPTURE, MICHIO IHARA   PHOTO: BOB HESSE

Celebrate art and the artists! Join us for music by The Morningside Studio Jazz Band and meet some of the artists.

At 2:30 Pamela Worden, founder and president for many years of the nonprofit group Urban Arts, will lead a tour of the exhibit.

A great event to meet old friends and make new ones.

THE WISE SILENCE, ANDREA THOMPSON  PHOTO: ARTIST

THE WISE SILENCE, ANDREA THOMPSON  PHOTO: ARTIST

Plein Air Poetry Walk
Sep
11
2:00 pm14:00

Plein Air Poetry Walk

Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio's Poet-in-Residence, Susan Edwards Richmond, has once again invited poets to walk the rich landscape of pond, waterfall, fields, and woods of our farm and write poetry inspired by a particular location, artwork, or vista.  This year's theme: SPLASH

We invite you to join us during the fall harvest to walk around the farm, stopping at the various locations of inspiration to listen to the poems. Chapbooks of the poetry will be available for sale.  Refreshments will follow the reading.

Yoga and Creativity
Sep
11
10:00 am10:00

Yoga and Creativity

In this class of kundalini yoga, we will work with the concepts of inspiration, revelation, and manifestation.  Kundalini yoga is a yoga of energy and awareness, using asanas (postures), mudras (hand gestures), mantras (sound), drishti (eye focus), and body locks (bhands) in an integrated manner to allow the kundalini energy to rise from the lower centers in the body to the higher centers.  Kundalini is often translated as ‘creative potential,’ and it is said that the kundalini energy lies coiled like a serpent at the base of the spine, but can be elevated through conscious practice. 

The instructor, William Lenderking, PhD., (Sach Prem Singh) is a Yoga Alliance certified kundalini yoga teacher, a poet and musician.  The class will be accessible to all!  Beginners welcome!!  Price is $15 and can be purchased through our website or paid directly to the instructor. 

Old Frog Pond Farm is an inspirational place to explore creativity.  We will gather in the Medicine Wheel. Bring mats, sunscreen, water, pen and paper.  Bring a picnic, pick some raspberries, and stay for the Plein Air Poetry reading that starts at 2 PM. 

William Lenderking

William Lenderking

Welcome Walt Whitman
Sep
4
2:00 pm14:00

Welcome Walt Whitman

Stephen Collins performs An Afternoon with Walt Whitman

Stephen Collins performs An Afternoon with Walt Whitman

Join us for  "An Afternoon with Walt Whitman."  The performance features samplings of Whitman's poetry and selections from archival interviews with the poet. You will go away with a much better understanding of the man and the poet!

Please purchase your tickets ahead from our online store to save a seat!

Stephen Collins grew up in Cambridge, and received a BA in Literature from UMass Boston. After twenty plus years in a sales career, he is back doing what he truly loves - performing and teaching. Recently he has been teaching seminars on Whitman, Hardy, Shakespeare, Frost, and Contemporary Poetry at various locations throughout the country.

I certainly plan to take the student's advice and invite you back to Lenox next year.
     William J. Irvin, Ph.D., Lenox Memorial High School

I was simply blown away with your performance. A tour de force!
     Michael Robertson, English Department, College of New Jersey
 

Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
Sep
3
Oct 10

Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

NUBIAN, DAVID CRANE   PHOTO BOB HESSE

NUBIAN, DAVID CRANE   PHOTO BOB HESSE

Old Frog Pond Farm and Studio's annual outdoor sculpture exhibit featuring artwork from sculptors throughout New England is open on weekends from 11 -5 pm.

The tenth annual sculpture walk opens on Saturday, September 3, 2016 and will be open weekends through Columbus Day, Monday, October 10, 2016 from 11 - 5pm. Exhibiting artists are Barbara Andrus, Bj Andrus, David Crane, Ted Castro, Kevin Duffy, Anne Eder, Liz Fletcher, Robert Hesse, Linda Hoffman, Michio Ihara, Madeleine Lord, Paul Matisse, Frances Patnaude, Yin Peet, Erika Radich, Margot Stage, Karin Stanley, Marina Strauss, Andrea Thompson, Joseph Wheelwright, Gabrielle White, and Melanie Zibit.

This year's reception for the artists will be on Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 1 - 4pm. Visitors can meet the artists and enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition.  Live music performed by The Morningside Studio Jazz Band led by Dan Fox.

Suggested Donation is $7 or $20 for a family.  

Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing
Aug
14
1:00 pm13:00

Shinrin-Yoku Forest Bathing

It was a drowsy summer afternoon, and the Forest was full of gentle sounds, which all seemed to be saying to Pooh, 'Don't listen to Rabbit, listen to me.' 

A. A. Milne

 

Go to a Forest. Walk slowly. Breathe. Open all your senses.
This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy, 
the medicine of simply being in the forest.

DISCOVER TOGETHER!

DISCOVER TOGETHER!

 

Old Frog Pond Farm's afternoon workshop will be led by certified Forest Therapy Guide, Nadine Mazzola. 

Shinrin-yoku was developed in Japan during the 1980s. Using sensory immersion in the forest and other healing environments, shinrin-yoku has has become part of the Japanese preventive health care and healing.

The fee is $25 for the afternoon. Once you register you will receive more information about what to bring and what to expect. Click here for online registration.

For more information on this practice that connects us to the earth visit the official website:www.shinrin-yoku.org

Jun
9
11:30 am11:30

Tree Harp Sculpture Opening in Littleton, NH

Join me for the dedication ceremony of the Tree Harp Public Art Sculpture on the Banks of the Ammonoosuc River in Littleton, NH.  The site is below the wooden bridge near The Senior Center.  This bronze sculpture was funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts and the New Hampshire Charitable Trust. 

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Apr
30
May 22

17th Annual Exhibition Studios Without Walls Gateways at Riverway Park, Brookline

The 17th annual exhibition of Studios Without Walls presents "Gateways" , a temporary environmental installation of  the works of 16 sculptors. Linda Hoffman and Gabrielle White will be exhibiting their newest collaborative sculpture, Temenos in this exhibit. 

Temenos installed at Old Frog Pond Farm

Temenos installed at Old Frog Pond Farm

Last year they exhibited Compost Tea

Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture Conference at Harvard Divinity School
Mar
31
Apr 1

Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture Conference at Harvard Divinity School

“'The Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture' aims to bring together farmers, religious and spiritual leaders, and academics, respectively, to join in a robust and stimulating discussion about the spirit of sustainable agriculture, delineating its past, celebrating and investigating its present, and theorizing its future."

Linda Hoffman will be presenting "Feeding the Body, Feeding hte Spirit: Agriculture, Art, and Community at Old frog Pond Farm" on Friday, April 1 at 2 pm.  

The 2016 Soil & Nutrition Conference
Feb
8
Feb 9

The 2016 Soil & Nutrition Conference

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NURTURING NATURE FOR FOOD QUALITY

Linda Hoffman will be presenting, A Natural Approach to the New England Apple Orchard, on Tuesday February 9 2016 at 11:15AM.

The 5th Annual 2016 Soil & Nutrition Conference is being held at Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, MA.  It will gather farmers, researchers, nutritionists, and food system advocates for a multidisciplinary conversation exploring the potential to improve food quality through regenerative agriculture that builds soil, crop and ecosystem health. We will explore how soil health and crop quality are interrelated, and how a renewed focus on the food qualities that industrial agriculture forgot – flavor and nutrition – can help drive transformation with important societal benefits.

For more information and registration, please click here.

NOFA Mass Winter Conference
Jan
16
7:30 am07:30

NOFA Mass Winter Conference

Linda Hoffman will present a workshop, The Organic Raspberry Patch, at 1:30pm

Prepare to be amazed by this delicate fruit that is actually an aggregate of up to 150 ovaries – and each one needs to be pollinated! Hoffman will discuss planting and growing your own patch of raspberries – varieties, diseases, and care including remineralizing the soil, foliar sprays, and the challenge of warding off the spotted-winged drosophila. 

For more information or registration click here

Feb
2
Mar 18

Poems in Cloth Exhibit

The Main Exhibition Hall at Emerson Hospital, Concord, Massachusetts

The Main Exhibition Hall at Emerson Hospital, Concord, Massachusetts

Poems in Cloth: An exhibit by Linda Hoffman

February 2 – March 22, 2015

 

Bio: After devoting two years of her undergraduate studies to theater and mime in Paris, Linda Hoffman received a fine arts degree from Bryn Mawr College. She then spent two years working with a Noh Theater actor in Kyoto, Japan while on a Watson Traveling Fellowship.

Upon returning to the United States, and influenced by this training in Japan, a life long passion for poetry converged with her work as an artist in the form of ‘poems in cloth’. She began to use objects and words interchangeably to draw the viewer into the natural world; a stick, blocks of wood, and shells were not symbols or ideas, but the reality of day-to-day life. Independent Curator Linda E. Poras wrote about this work, ”The impact of her training can observed in her ability to achieve profound effects with the most economical use of gesture.” 

Hoffman’s fiber work creates a meditative world of calm and beauty evoking both joy and sorrow. The pieces in this exhibit are from 1985 to1990, and represent the beginning of Hoffman’s future exploration of wall assemblages and 3-D sculpture with language, natural fibers, wood, stone, bronze figures, and found objects.

Her art is in the collections of Harvard University, the Boston Public Library, the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, Hechinger Tool Museum, DC, the towns of Acton, Massachusetts and Littleton, New Hampshire as well as in many private collections.

In the summer of 2001 she moved to Harvard, Massachusetts, and began restoring an abandoned orchard. In 2006, Old Frog Pond Farm became the first certified organic pick your own apple orchard in the state. Today, she and her partner, Blase Provitola host many community, art, and agriculture events at Old Frog Pond Farm throughout the year. 

 In 2011 Hoffman was diagnosed with breast cancer. Grateful for the excellent care she received from so many people at Emerson Hospital, she especially dedicates this exhibit to Dr. John DuBois and Dr. Robin Schoenthaler.