By Natalie Walsh
An exhibit of photographs chronicling the history of Pitney Farm will be on display Saturday, Sept. 16th in our newly restored gathering barn adjacent to the Community Gardens.
On display between 2 and 4 p.m. will be photographs of the farm taken over the years by Tom Stock, whose studio is located directly across West Avenue from the farm.
We also will exhibit drawings and paintings by about 25 young artists who participated in art classes we offered in the gardens this summer. Some created huge paper sunflowers that echoed those growing in a large bed, while others sketched vegetables and flowers or used watercolors and acrylics.
The art exhibit will be an opportunity for us also to recognize the many contestants who planted seeds in our “Grow the Tallest Sunflower Contest.” After measuring the many contest entries, Pitney Meadows board members Barbara Glaser and Rich Torkelson will award a prize to the winner at 2:15 p.m.
In this first summer of the Community Gardens, we wanted to bring gardeners and the community together through a variety of programs and activities, and so reached out to local organizations to join us in growing food, drawing and painting, and taking photographs. The Girl Scouts have been especially active, creating rock markers for the community herb bed, planting sunflowers, and earning merit badges through activities in the gardens.
In their latest project, the Girl Scouts are creating in the gardens a “Fairy Village” consisting of more than a dozen small houses they’re making from such natural materials as bark, logs, shells, sticks, moss and pebbles. This installation also will be on display.
We’re especially pleased to have Tom Stock participate in this event. His exhibit is a testament both to the farm’s rich agricultural history and his keen eye and foresight in capturing the story of the farm.