"Face of Farming" tribute opens at RAG
Roxbury — “The Face of Farming,” a multimedia tribute to five of the last operating dairy farms in our area, is on exhibit at The Hilt Kelly Hall of The Roxbury Arts Center. There will be a reception on Saturday, June 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. The installation contains portraits, watercolors, photographs and audio interviews by Ellen Wong and video imagery by Anthony Manzo and Kent Garrett.
The farm families are the Elliott, Gray and Fuller/Oravetz families of New Kingston, the Fairbairn family of Rider Hollow and the Darling family of Roxbury. They are shown along with photographs and watercolors of their farms and surroundings. A video of farm activity and excerpts from recorded interviews of the farmers’ stories provide a celebration of their lifestyle of working the land. The Historical Society of the Town of Middletown sponsors the project.
Ellen Wong, a landscape painter with homes in NYC and Roxbury, had spent many years capturing the hills and valleys surrounding the working farms in the area when she realized that she knew nothing about the lives of the farmers themselves, so she conceived this project, and even took classes at The Art Students League in New York City to hone her portrait technique. The result is a vivid and moving piece of work that transcends documentary, as multi-generations of each family share their stories and pose for their portraits.
The Roxbury Arts Center is at 5025 Vega Mt. Road. Roxbury, NY 12474.