By Tom Jordan
Right off Highway 42, as you approach Fish Creek, you’ll see a sign for Edgewood Orchards Gallery. A lot of people have visited the gallery over the past half century. But more recently there is an added attraction that not everyone is aware of: The Sculpture Garden.
According to J.R. Jarosh, co-owner with his wife Nell, the garden was actually the result of him being a sleep-deprived father of infant twins. “One would cry and I’d get up and then the other would cry and I would get up and one night in a foggy moment I wrote down an idea I had for a garden. I forgot all about it until I saw it on the table the next day,” remembers Jarosh.
He shared the crude drawing with his wife who saw the potential right away. This was in November in 2006. Work began in 2007 and the garden opened in May 2008 with just a handful of works. But these pieces were from artists of great reputation and that soon attracted even more artists from around the country.
Today there are over eighty different pieces strategically placed along the trails of this ten-acre plot of woods. They range in price from as little as twenty dollars to as much as sixty-five thousand dollars. The average price for the artwork is anywhere from one to five thousand dollars.
Jarosh doesn’t really plan to expand the garden. “I began my career as a physical therapist,” Jarosh explains. “That helps you develop a sense of proportion. I don’t want it to be too much. That’s also why you’ll find benches along the way, so people don’t have to walk until they become tired.”
If you drive by in the winter you can spot the sculptures still there in the woods. They never go into storage. “Each of theses pieces is meant to be outside in all kinds of weather. This proves you wouldn’t be buying something that won’t hold up,” Jarosh adds. “Besides, you see those little fish on a metal spike? When it snows the snow moves around the fish and it looks like they’re swimming. It’s really cool.”
The Garden, and the Gallery, are open from May to October.