"One Farm: Multiple Perspectives"
Members of the Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania were looking for a project when they settled on interpreting the Hodge Farm in Penns Valley. Their goal was to capture in paintings or photography multiple perspectives over a one-year period that began in May of 2015. The results are the show "One Farm: Multiple Perspectives."
Although the farm contains 145 acres, most of the artists stayed within an area around the farmhouse, the barn and various utility sheds. The barn is the most historical treasure of the Hodge Farm. Dating from the 1830s, this enormous double bank barn structure was constructed of Pennsylvania yellow pine.
History emanates from Hodge Farm. Hugh and Barbara Hodge insured it always would when they donated an agricultural conservation easement to the Centre County Farmland Trust in May 2003. This easement was significant—it was the first farm permanently preserved by the Trust and it was the first farm preserved in Penn Township.
Several FPA members are plein air painters and spent hours at the farm interpreting through water color, oil, pastel or acyclic. Others photographed and worked from home. So the perspective is not only where they stood, but which medium they chose. Add to that the season and yet another perspective comes into play. The members also interacted with the two Amish families that owned the property during the project. One of the children showed an interest in painting and shadowed one of the artists. Another member of the group gave some of his work products to the family.
The Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania formed in late 2005 as a joint enterprise of the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania and the Centre County Farmland Trust. The group promotes the preservation and appreciation of farmland through the visual arts. Portions of their sales are donated to the Art Alliance and the Farmland Trust. Farmland placed in agricultural conservation easement is permanently conserved for agriculture purposes regardless of ownership. To date, more than a thousand acres has been preserved on 11 farms.
Farmland Preservation Artists have a gallery at The Field restaurant at Toftrees. The artists are: Denise Wagner, Milt Trask, Lena Thynell, Jennifer Shuey, Barb Pennypacker, Valerie Moyer, Jeff Mathison, Karl Leitzell, Cinda Kostyak, Peggy A. Klinger, Anne Kenyon, Susan Nicholas Gephart, Marianne Fyda, Holly Fritchman, Kim Flick, Brienne Brown, R Thomas Berner.Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. OR By Appointment