Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Home Grown

While Madisonians eagerly await the Dane County Farmers’ Market’s annual move back to the Capitol Square—it happens April 18 this year—you don’t have to wait to feast your eyes on gorgeous artwork inspired by the market and its bounty.

SEED: Celebrating Art through Farming is an exhibition by seven arts TRIBE artists at Overture Center Galleries.

“All of the art is based on the farmers and food of the Dane County Farmers’ Market and we have quite an exciting mix of art made by seven local artists,” says Tom Linfield, one of the artists involved.

SEED features artwork by Linfield, Aimee
Reid-Rice, Dana Slowiak, Karen Reppen, Gary N-Ski, Bobbette Rose and Jayne Reid Jackson, and represents a two-year collaboration between arts TRIBE and the farmers’ market.

The artists spent last summer making art on-site at the market and on farms, drawing inspiration from the farmers and vendors that sell their produce and products at the market.

Work showcased in SEED represents a diversity of media, including painting, photography, textiles, printmaking, collage, mosaic and sculpture. Some artists created images of peppers, lettuce and other produce, while others incorporated market materials into their work, mixing beeswax into paint, sewing in wild grasses and using beets as dyes.

According to arts TRIBE, community artists and small-scale local farmers have much in common: both start with a blank canvas, so to speak, and the products created by each are most often appreciated in their finished state.

“Artists and farmers work with a passion that offers ample opportunity for creativity and vision,” the group states. “Both believe that the fruits of their labor add to the quality of life for the whole community and rely on that community to sustain their efforts. arts TRIBE artists use the growing processes of farming as a metaphor for the creative process.”

SEED opened March 29 and runs through June 7, with a reception and artists talk taking place May 1 from 5–9 p.m. For more information, visit the Overture Galleries website.

Images courtesy of arts TRIBE.

1 comment:

Madison Opera said...

Beautiful, the macro-photography especially!