Located at the front of the store, our Farm Store Cafe offers cozy indoor seating where guests can relax and enjoy their lunch. Each month, the cafe walls feature beautiful artwork by local artists that is often available for purchase. Read below for information on this month’s featured artist. If you are interested in displaying your artwork in our Cafe Gallery, please contact Chandra.
Despite the cafe space being temporarily closed, we are going to working to bring you a virtual exhibition. Stay tuned for details!
Hawthorne Valley Staff Virtual Mixed Media Exhibition
As we reflect on what the past year of living through a pandemic has been like, staff members across Hawthorne Valley’s initiatives have turned towards art for solace. Our initiatives are so diverse that many of us have had different experiences of the pandemic–some are office workers who have spent months working from their living rooms, some continued to work on the frontlines of retail and food production, and others learned completely new skills to continue teaching remotely and with an outdoor learning model.
But one thing that continues to bring us together is the creative process. This collection of artwork is meant to help us collectively reflect on the way our worlds have changed in the last year, the silver linings we’ve seen, what’s given us hope, what we’re looking forward to. We hope you find these works meaningful.
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by James Mannix, Farm Store Deli Cook
Love & Labor
by John Gagnon, Whole Farm Apprentice
Wrapped in each other and
swathed in naught but
gentle silken moonlight
we sail on the currents
of a universe eternal
The internal and the external
fade beyond the pale
lip of perception
All is one and
one is all
Until the dark of eyelids’ fall
ushers on the call of day.
For we are creatures diurnal
Though our hearts rue the calling
the rising sun reclaims
the rule of flesh and bone
honed on the hardness
of the rhythm
of soot and soil,
work and toil,
heads downbent and labor spent
in the worship of the ground
It is love in the evening
and labor at noonday
Love and labor-
Turn the cycle
Until love is labor
Labor, a love
Until the soil
is the night sky
Until the present
and the individual
but one spark
of the universal
Turn the cycle-
Labor and love
Love and labor
turn the cycle
by Helen Enright, Farm Store Curbside Assistant
Artist’s Statement from Helen
Due to the pandemic, I was only able to work part time. This gave me the opportunity to take more photos which is one of my passions. Cloud formations have been very dramatic over the past year. Very powerful animal images like dragons, bears, large birds have been etched in the sky by forces beyond our control. I have captured many Angel images also. I view these creations as a reminder that we are being protected by heavenly influences that will strengthen us during this time.
I use my camera to capture a moment in time then transform it into a visual, tangible form that conveys my vision of the world. Nature is an endless inspiration of form, balance, color, emotion, movement and continually smiles at me through my camera lens. Taking pictures allows me to completely surrender myself to the moment. Not breathing, not aware of my stance, just focusing, framing, waiting for that second of clarity when nature whispers “It’s time,” then click. I hope my images “speak” to the viewer in soft whispers to create a heartfelt moment.
The water of life for the children of the future and present
by Jess Brobst, Dairy Herd Manager
Colored pencils, sharpie & water color on paper
Artist’s Statement from Jess
When Patrick Stolfo, co-director of the Alkion Center for Adult Education, reached out to me about drawing a picture for a fundraising effort to replace the William Ward memorial flow form fountain in front of the school, I immediately knew the picture needed to involve more than just the proposed fountain itself. It needed to capture the essence of Waldorf education, this “water of life.” As a current Alkion student and a witness to Waldorf happenings as I see them unfold on the campus I share with the school, I know Waldorf education is all about trying to connect the human to life. Just as biodynamic agriculture attempts to connect our farming practices to life. We are certainly not perfect. I’m sure we fall flat in our attempts to reach this ideal everyday, but this picture is less about failed attempts and more about homage to that shining ideal. We want to be united. We want to be diversified. We want to learn, to grow, to create, to be beautiful, and to have fun doing it! I hope this image, and this future fountain, can provide a place to pause in our daily striving, a place to cast our wearied gaze, and to remember where our true nourishment comes from.
by Thomas Murphy, Creamery Production Assistant
Red House Fog
by Zach Neven, Farm Store Grocery Team
Color pencil on sanded print (photo by Zach)
Artist’s Statement from Zach
Creativity has always been a huge part of my life. Like most photographers and artists, I see things that others don’t see. Lights and shadows are everywhere. I was fortunate enough to be able to study under my father, who was a professional photographer in his twenties and thirties. It wasn’t long before I had my own camera and my own photography dreams. I started taking photography more seriously while in high school photographing sporting events.
Currently, my inspirations are Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Ansel Adams. I love the way they see the world as moments in time and tell the story of their subjects. I try to emulate this in all my work. I especially love black and white because it forces me and the viewer to notice light and details not apparent in a color photograph. I use color in my photography when it is part of the story, and I’m especially drawn to reds. My choice of subject is organic—not planned. I like to stumble on a scene wherever I am, capturing images that most people walk by without noticing—so you will rarely see me without my camera.
by Elias Martel, Farm Store Grocery Team
Artist’s Statement from Elias
Elias Martel uses painting and drawing to illustrate transcendent qualities of his quotidian life, and to reconcile these two aspects. He has been painting and drawing since he was about five and recently graduated from Bennington College where he focuses in painting.
Clockwise from top: Epiphanic? 3 – Charcoal, graphite, ink on paper; Epiphanic? 2 – Guache, Watercolor, Graphite, on Paper; Epiphanic? – Acrylic on Canvas; Epiphanic? 3 – Guache, Watercolor, Graphite, on Paper