Photo by Sandra Heddon Riedel

“Big Eddy,” by Sandra Heddon Riedel, photo on metal, is one of the works that will be up for bid at the “Reservoir” event in Callicoon on November 17.

‘Reservoir’ exhibit to benefit dairy farms

CALLICOON, NY — “Reservoir,” an art exhibit and silent auction with 50-plus artists to benefit FarmHearts, will be held on Saturday, November 17 starting at 12 noon at The Apple Barn, 51 Creamery Rd. FarmHearts is a non-profit initiative to support small farms in Sullivan County. Curator Derick Melander said, “When we learned that seven local dairy farms could lose their primary distribution channel, putting their livelihoods at risk, we wanted to do something to help.”

The participants were asked to create a piece of art in response to the word “Reservoir,” which is defined as, “A supply or source of something; a still, deep place in a stream, or a place where a great stock of anything is accumulated.”

A cocktail reception with silent auction will start at 6 p.m. and bidding closes at 8. There will be libations, snacks and several performances throughout the evening. Toward the end of the night, there’ll be a disco ball spinning. The venue, the Apple Barn, is a large, two-story building, which started its life as just that, an apple warehouse. Built in 1902 by Schmidt’s, it could store up to 10,000 crates of apples.

The gallery will open again on Sunday, November 18 at 12 noon, your last chance to purchase any remaining work. For more information visit and


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