Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center is proud to present Salt of the Earth, is a social documentary photography exhibit that tells the story of Orange County farmers and their families who have chosen to preserve their land through conservation. Featuring black and white images by Warwick photographer, Robert Skinner, with accompanying stories by local writer Dorothy Gaydos, the exhibit explores the relationship local farmers have with their land, the bond of heritage and landscape and the pull of generational history and family. Presented in collaboration with the Orange County Land Trust, the exhibit shares the stories of these landowners who have ensured that these green spaces will remain open and undeveloped and available for farming, in perpetuity.
The opening reception with the artists will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, on the ground floor gallery adjacent to the Conference Center. Farm-to-table refreshments will be served. The exhibit will remain on view until December 19.
Robert Skinner is a social documentary and commercial photographer whose work has appeared in numerous galleries and publications. He was recently interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR) for his documentary work on the abandoned resorts and hotels of the Catskill Mountain region of New York State. Dorothy Gaydos is a professional garden designer, horsewomanand writer based in Warwick and Rensselaer, New York. The Orange County Land Trust has helped preserve 5,000 acres of land in Orange County, including working farms, wetlands, old growth woodlands, scenic ridgelines and wildlife corridors. The Land Trust owns and stewards over 1,000 acres of land that includes seven nature preserves open to the public for hiking and other forms of passive recreation.
Salt of the Earth is part of Orange Regional’s ongoing art exhibit series. The Gallery at Orange Regional is free and open to the public between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., daily. This exhibit was partially funded by a grant to the artist by Arts Mid-Hudson and with donations from Orange County Land Trust members and individual arts supporters.
For additional information about Orange Regional’s Art Program, contact Orange Regional Art Curator, Sarah Johnson at 845-333-2385.
Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.