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January 2, 2014

The farming life inspires exhibition

'Down on the Farm' opens Jan. 10 at Adirondack Artists' Guild

SARANAC LAKE — “Abandoned Ray Brook Farm,” a photograph on metal by Eleanor Sweeney, is among the works in a new exhibition, “Down on the Farm,” which features Adirondack Artists’ Guild members.

The show opens Friday, Jan. 10.

“It’s an old, abandoned farm in Ray Brook,” Sweeney said. “Someone told me it was a pig farm once. I personally just like old barns.”

She printed the image on aluminum and manipulated the color a tiny bit.

“I print it on transfer film and transfer it on aluminum,” Sweeney said. “I coat it with special goo.”

Each artist could submit two works for the exhibition coordinated by Sandra Hildreth.

“It’s all of our guild members,” Hildreth said. “We’re each producing pieces that have some connection to farming, agricultural or farmers market … whatever people come up with. That’s the fun of it. What’s interesting about the show, it’s always a unique combination of different styles and media as each of us interprets that in our own way.”

Hildreth came up with the idea for the show.

“Because I thought it might be nice to bring recognition to those who do try to raise produce and animals in the Adirondacks. That is not the world’s most pleasant place to have a farm because we have such a harsh environment and short growing season.”

Hildreth’s submissions are two barn-themed oil paintings.

“They are both plein air paintings,” she said. “One, I happened to be driving down this road and glanced over at this old barn and the door was off the barn and the back door was off the barn and I could see straight through it and see the farm fields behind it.”

She called it “Barn with a View.” The barn is the main subject with a view of the fields.

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