Yellow Springs Arts Council celebrates Whitehall Farms sunflowers


Greene County News Report

YELLOW SPRINGS – The Yellow Springs Arts Council is throwing a joyous celebration of the sunflower field at Whitehall Farm. This exhibition of paintings and photographs and other media is coordinated by Tecumseh Land Trust (TLT), and will be hosted at The Yellow Springs Art Council Galley.

The show will be part of several other celebrations of TLT’s 25th anniversary this year.

The Sunflower Show stemed originally from one day, full of sunflowers and many smiling people of all ages all painting in the sunflower fields. But it later grew even bigger. TLT has since extended an invitation to the art community to make art , in any medium, inspired by sunflowers.

“In August of 2014 Tecumseh Land Trust hosted a ‘paint out’ at Whitehall Farm when the 10 acre sunflower field was in bloom. The event that was open to the public,” Krista Magaw, Executive Director said. “Sharon Neuhardt, who owns Whitehall Farm with her husband David, began planting sunflowers in their 10 acre field on Route 68 several years ago. Her motivation was simply to share these beautiful flowers with people in the area. Her mission succeeded — people come from far and wide to photograph and paint the flowers. Tecumseh Land Trust, with it’s offices on Whitehall Farm, began a sunflower photo contest in 2012, that shares the beauty of the field even more broadly through their ever growing collection of photos.”

“One way that TLT reaches out to the public is through arts, using writing, painting, and photography to capture the wonders of nature and through experiences of food and farm. TLT is a non-profit membership organization that protects land with the help of volunteers and donors. It aims to cultivate the next generation of land stewards and leaders through education and outreach, which is done through the arts, including painting, writing and photography.

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For anyone who would like to try their hand at drawing sunflowers there will be a class offered by artist Jennife Rosengarten, 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20. Cost is $20 for registration, plus a $5 materials fee, which is to be paid at the door. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register, send name and contact information to [email protected] or call 937-679-9722.

The Sunflower Show Reception is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. It will include interactive art for all ages, meet-and-greet with the artists and refreshments.

Submitted photo “Summers end sunflower” by Corrine Bayraktaroglu. photo “Summers end sunflower” by Corrine Bayraktaroglu.

Greene County News Report compiled by Whitney Vickers.

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