Georgia artists and farmers collaborated on a new exhibition of paintings

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When people hear the word “farm,” the mental images that pop up are often based on things they remember from children’s books and old movies. A new art exhibition in Madison, Georgia aims to update these prejudices with a series of paintings that have a unique pedigree.

Curated by Mitzi Prochnow, “FARM 2022” brought together seven Georgia artists with nine farms to create new artworks depicting modern agricultural life in the South. The exhibit opens on Friday, August 26 at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Arts Center with a 6-8 p.m. reception and runs through October 29.

Artists Keith Bennett, Chris Cook, Lee Harper, Mollye Daughtry, Elizabeth Collins Hanes, Charmaine Minniefield and Teresa Bramlette Reeves were selected for their individual styles and personal experiences of rural Georgia farms.

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The list of farms featured in the FARM 2022 exhibit are Big Sandy Creek Dairy, Godfrey, Hunts Cattle, Levity, Little River, Noland, Pennington, Vason Tree and Yellow Rose Goat. Hanes’ sculpture was inspired by a proposed Rivian Automotive Plant site, and Reeve’s contribution includes a collection of family artwork and memorabilia that owns The Pastures of Rose Creek Farm.

Athens-based illustrator Bennett and Madison-based Cook both created works inspired by Levity Farms, a first-generation family farm operating in Morgan County since 2017. Levity has provided fresh produce to restaurant chefs in Athens, Atlanta and Decatur is in the process of transitioning its business model to home delivery.

A barn is featured in this oil painting by Atlanta artist Lee Harper.  Georgia artists and farmers have been brought together for the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center's FARM 2022 exhibit, which opens August 26.

“Land is just land without those who work it,” said Cook, who painted the people, animals, and some structures separately from the setting and assembled them to create the final piece. “There’s a nice synergy between the two.”

Tickets and more information can be found at mmcc-arts.org or call (706) 342-4743. The gallery is located at 434 S. Main St. Madison.

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