Opening reception First Friday, Aug. 7

Gallery 66 NY in Cold Spring will exhibit two artists who bring awareness to the farm community and sustainability in the Hudson Valley: Francesco Mastalia – Organic and Wilfredo Morel – Farm Art. The exhibition opens Aug. 7, with an artists’ reception from 6 to 9 p.m., and runs through Aug. 30.

Jay Uhler photographed by Francesco Mastalia
Jay Uhler photographed by Francesco Mastalia

Mastalia’s Organic features the dedicated farmers who are committed to growing and producing food using sustainable methods, and the chefs who echo their beliefs and pay homage to the food they produce. The farmers and chefs were photographed using the wet plate collodion process, a technique developed in the mid-19th century. The show includes over 100 of its farmers and chefs.

Morel’s sculptures are created from metals that were once used for functional purposes in the communities in which they are discovered, incorporating his love for community and art. Farm Art was created to raise awareness of the seasonal migrant farmworkers who, year after year, maintained the farms, but also of the many Latino immigrants who have become vital to Hudson Valley farming community.

"Farm Art" sculpture by Wilfredo Morel
“Farm Art” sculpture by Wilfredo Morel

It is best described as a journey that begins with a pile of farm equipment discarded after many years of use. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of Farm Art will be donated to support farm worker health programs at Hudson River Health Care and the operation of local farms.

Gallery 66 NY, at 66 Main St. in Cold Spring, is open Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call 845-809-5838 or visit

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