Ag art show opens at Erpf May 19

Arkville — Agriculture in the Catskills is the theme of the new art exhibit at the Erpf Gallery in Arkville. The work of Flavia Bacarella, Temma Bell, Ulla Kjarval, and Dan Nelken are featured. These paintings, photographs and woodcuts capture the strong influence of agriculture on Catskill communities and culture. An artist’s reception is open to the public on Saturday, May 19, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Agriculture plays such an important role in our lives, shaping local economies and the vibrant communities that support them. This exhibit, AgriCulture: Nourishing the Soul, includes artwork that has grown out of local farming landscapes and explores the diverse impact it has on our lives. Featured artists include Flavia Bacarella, whose woodcuts have been in the Chautauqua Literary Journal and The Valley Table, and were used to illustrate a book about her organic farm. For over 20 years, photographer Dan Nelken has documented county fairs—the annual harvest celebration for the family farmer. Temma Bell paints her surroundings in the foothills of the Catskills. Ulla Kjarval is a photographer whose family operates the Spring Lake Farm, a grass-fed beef farm in Delaware County.

The artist’s reception is sponsored by the Watershed Agricultural Council and the food at the reception will be prepared by Pure Catskills member Fable at Stone and Thistle Farm. The exhibit runs through Friday, June 22. For more information please contact the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development at 586-2611, or cccd@catskillcenter.org.