The Art Farm Exhibition opens at the Barn Gallery on September 8th


In its 15th year, YoloArts’ Art & Ag Project celebrates the landscape of Yolo County farms and the art created on farms. The Art Farm Exhibition features artworks grown by visiting artists on local farms and farmland throughout Yolo County during the 2022 season. This year marks a milestone for the Art & Ag Project with over 150 farms worked by artists to date.

This year’s exhibition opens to the public with a reception on September 8th at the Barn Gallery in Woodland and features the largest art collection in the exhibition’s history with more than 125 works by 97 local and regional artists. This collection of original artworks includes paintings, photographs, mixed media, sculpture and fiber art.

Art Farm judge Kurt Fishback. courtesy photo

The artworks in the exhibit were judged by Sacramento-based fine art photographer Kurt Fishback, known for his portraits of other artists and photographers. As the son of photographer Glen Fishback, Kurt came into contact with fine art photography at an early age. He studied art at Sacramento City College, the San Francisco Art Institute, Cornell University, and UC Davis, where he received his Masters of Fine Arts from Robert Arneson, Roy DeForest, William Wiley, and Manuel Neri.

Ceramic sculpture was the first medium that gave him high visibility in the art world. After graduating and teaching art media at several colleges, Kurt was asked to teach at his father’s school of photography in Sacramento. Since 1963 Kurt has been involved in many solo and group exhibitions including SFMOMA and Crocker Art Museum. His work is represented in many public, private and corporate collections.

“We are honored to have Kurt as our judge this year with his vast experience in ceramics, painting and photography. He brings a unique perspective to our 15th annual show,” said Janice Purnell, creative director of YoloArts.

The presentation of the judged awards will be announced by Fishback at the opening reception on Thursday, September 8th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. The announcement of the juried prizes begins at 6:45 p.m. The winners of the inaugural Art & Ag Poetry Contest will be announced and celebrated by Davis Poet Laureate Julia B. Levine during the reception. The top three winners will be present to recite their poems. Winners are: Lauren Sullivan and Danielle LeMay from Davis and Jan Haag from Sacramento.

The evening also features live music by Rowan McGuire, local wine and refreshments.

The Art Farm exhibition runs until November 18th at the Barn Gallery.

Tickets for the fundraising Art Farm Gala go on sale September 8 and are available at the opening reception and on The Art Farm Gala is scheduled for Saturday October 15th. Event sponsors include Cobram Estate, Todd A. Montgomery CPA, Frank and Nancy Muller, Banner Bank, Bullseye Farms, Capay Canyon Ranch, Citrona Farms LLC, Edward Jones, Farm Credit West, Debra Gonella and Whit Manley, Pacific Coast Producers , Chris and Sharon Steele, TS&L Seed Company, Liberty Land Management and Socialhouse Event Co., Bayer Crop Science, Hilleby International Inc., LedgerPro Accounting, Remy Moose and Manley LLC, UC Davis, Yolo Federal Credit Union, Duane Chamberlain, Neil and Rebecca Dougherty, Half Moon Fruit & Produce Co., Tom and Celeste Hanagan, Blake and Melissa Harlan, N&R Trailer Leasing, LLC, Supervisor Jim Provenza, David Scheuring, Schreiner Farms, and Tauzer Apiaries/Sola Bee Farms.

The Barn Gallery is located at 512 Gibson Road in Woodland, within the Gibson House and Property. Regular viewing times of the gallery are Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons. Exhibition artworks can also be viewed online at For more information, contact YoloArts at 530-309-6464 or [email protected]


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