(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – “The Farmer’s Art,” an exhibition of landscapes by photographer Jerry Freedner goes on view at the Chatham Bookstore with an opening reception on Friday, August 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show remains on view through September 6, 2016.
A landscape photographer, Jerry Freedner is currently focusing his energy on the rural lands and farms of the Hudson Valley. His photographs reflect a vision of the farmer as an artist and the land as art. In his written statement, he says the exhibit at the Chatham Bookstore celebrates “the farmer – as much the artist as the sculptor, the plow as the chisel and the earth as the stone.”
Through the sale of his photographs and books, Freedner helps support the Columbia Land Conservancy, Agricultural Stewardship Association, and Scenic Hudson. The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation recently awarded him a grant to continue his work on behalf of land conservation in the Hudson Valley. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the exhibit at the Chatham Bookstore will go to support the Columbia Land Conservancy.
In the past five years, Freedner has exhibited his work in juried shows at the Barrett Art Center, Spencertown Academy, Albany Institute of History and Art, Hudson Opera House, Carrie Haddad Art Gallery, and Arnot Musem of Art, among others.
Freedner studied photography at the New School in New York City in the 1960s and later with Lisette Model. He is on the faculty of the Art School of Columbia County, where he teaches workshops such as Basic Photography, Further Exposure, and Post-Processing/Photoshop. He lives with his wife, Camille, in Kinderhook, N.Y.
The Chatham Bookstore is located at 27 Main Street in Chatham, NY. For more information, call 518-392-3005.