The Family Farms Art Show was on display on Sunday, September 16th at the Tug Hill Vineyards in Lowville. Artist Loretta Lepkowski proudly set up her 29 paintings of local, hardworking farm families at the Vineyards in order to "portray memorable scenes that heighten the beauty of the human spirit of our agriculturally based Tug Hill region”. We worked on this project with Loretta in order to raise awareness and appreciation of the diverse family farms in Jefferson and Lewis Counties.
Sunday's reception was not the first time the paintings were available for public viewing. They first debuted in 2010 at our family farms art show, and have since been traveling around Tug Hill and even to Old Forge. The brunch at the Vineyards drew a large crowd of over 300 people Sunday morning, with many taking the time to view the rural life and diversity depicted in each painting. The response from the general community, as well as the featured farm families has been absolutely wonderful.
Almeda Grandjean, owner of Tickle the Earth Farms in Adams Center, was happy to come out for the show. Here, she is pictured proudly standing next to the painting of herself holding a 7 pound rabbit. Almeda, along with several other farm families, donated items from her farm to raffle off for the event. Many thanks to the Farney Family (Blue Bird Gift Shop), the Wakefield Family (Wakefield Aparies), the Ledoux Family (Adirondack Beef Company), the Houser Family, the Nolt Family (Nolt Country Store), the Robbins Family (Old McDonalds Farm), the Colwell Family (Colwell's Farm Market), Countryside Veterinary Clinic, and the Maring Family for allowing us to host this event at their beautiful Tug Hill Vineyards.