At the Farmer's Market
November 6 - December 1, 2013
Workhouse Arts Center, Building W-16 Gallery, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia 22079
Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 11am – 6pm and Sun 12 – 5pm
Free Reception: Saturday, November 9 6-9pm
Metallic ink photographs and photo canvases tell the yearlong story of artist and photographer, Bonnie Ferguson Butler, as she visited five farmer's markets in three states: New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. In addition to images of food and farmers, the photographs offer glimpses into the effects of multiculturalism, seasons and regional personalities. For her own booth, soft pastel paintings and miniatures become Butler's own vendor space at her farmer's market.
Like her previous exhibits, this series demonstrates Butler's love of travel and curiosity about how locations influence art. A Missouri native raised in South Carolina, Butler joined the Workhouse in 2009 and enjoys regular exhibits in Gallery 902, while she is November's featured artist in Building W-16. A published biochemist, her art training began with a required liberal arts class outside her science majors; she has pursued classes and workshops since. She is founder and president of the Pastel Society of Virginia.
Attributed to Daniel Webster, Statesman:
"Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization."
Attributed to Bonnie Ferguson Butler, Workhouse Featured Artist:
"Much like farmers, artists are people of the earth, cultivating meager elements into sumptuous results."
Bonnie Ferguson Butler Website: http://artists.workhousearts.org/bonniefergusonbutler
Bonnie Ferguson Butler Blog: http://bfbutler.blogspot.com
Citation: Bonnie Ferguson Butler, Muted Sunshine, 2013, photograph on canvas, 24x34
See many more images here: http://tinyurl.com/ButlerFarmersMarket