Produce and paintings: Farming exhibit displays local life

  • Jenny Tibbetts of Northfield, one of the artists with work on display through the “From Fields to Table” exhibit at the Deerfield Art Association’s Center for the Arts in Northfield, says she loves putting paint down on a surface. Staff Photo/Melina Bourdeau

  • The “From Fields to Table” exhibit at the Deerfield Valley Art Association’s Center for the Arts in Northfield shows works of farms, animals and machinery related to the industry. Staff Photo/Melina Bourdeau

  • One of the sculptures on display at the Deerfield Valley Art Association’s Center for the Arts in Northfield is a steer head made of rusted steel by Tao Labossiere of Hartford, Conn. Staff Photo/Melina Bourdeau

  • Greenfield resident Con Trowbridge, one of the artists with work on display through the “From Fields to Table” exhibit at the Deerfield Valley Art Association’s Center for the Arts in Northfield, says she likes to paint farms “because it’s the culmination of nature and human interaction.” Staff Photo/Melina Bourdeau

  • As part of a National Farm Workers Day celebration at the Deerfield Valley Art Association’s Center for the Arts in Northfield, the Farley String Band performed. There was also a screening of Bernardston filmmaker Rawn Fulton’s film, “Root, Hog or Die,” and food from local farms. Staff Photo/Melina Bourdeau

Staff Writer
Published: 4/2/2019 1:20:36 PM

In celebration of National Farm Workers Day on March 31, artwork of barns, fields, farm animals, machinery and produce is on display at the Deerfield Valley Art Association’s Center for the Arts.

DVAA, a nonprofit membership-driven arts association with a gallery and gift shop on Main Street in Northfield, has “From Fields to Table” on display through April 7.

Painters explained why they paint, photograph or sculpt the animals, scenery and people of the farms during a National Farm Workers Day celebration at the gallery.

Mary Glabach, a painter, said her grandparents had a farm in Leyden and she also owned a farm at one point. She was inspired to paint farms and animals because she believes children should be exposed to images of farms.

“I was an art teacher and I think children should continue to get exposed to farms,” Glabach said. “Letting kids know where their food comes from is important. There’s a history there, too.”

Another painter, Con Trowbridge of Greenfield, said she submitted to the exhibit because she paints a lot of farm scenery.

“I like the interplay between water and farmland,” Trowbridge said. “I like painting farms because it’s the culmination of nature and human interaction, farmers taking care of the land.”

Photographer Annette Mackin of Bernardston said she likes to record everything.

“I see life in an 80-millimeter view,” Mackin said. “I see in a different way and I like capturing things. I live in an old farmhouse and part of the art is the buildings and the spirit, and part of the way of life out here.”

Local farmers are also selling their products at the gallery as part of the exhibit.

Sam and Charlotte Perkins of Bug Hill Farm in Ashfield brought their farm’s products including jams and shrubs.

Sam Perkins said it was wonderful to be a part of the event.

“I never thought to come to an art gallery,” Sam Perkins said. “Our products allow people to experience art through taste. It’s another way of experiencing the wonder of a farm.”

One of the people in attendance at the event, Barry Deitz of Montague, said he’s glad to see artists have the ability to showcase their work.

“I came to see the exhibit because of my love of art,” Deitz said. “There are so many different kinds of art and this exhibit is a down-home theme, especially with the film (screening of Bernardston resident Rawn Fulton’s “Root, Hog or Die”). People lose track of farmers. Whatever we eat is because someone dug it up, and this is a celebration of that.”




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