om now through early summer, the Traditional Arts of Upstate New York (TAUNY) gallery at 53 Main Street, Canton, NY, is featuring Every Single Day: Life on North Country Dairy Farm, an exhibit of photographs by internationally-known photographer Martha Cooper and artist Loretta Lepkowski, known for rural scenes and working people portraits.
The exhibit includes photographs taken by Cooper at 15 farms located in four upstate counties with excerpts from interviews by TAUNY staff with more than 40 farmers, family members, and farm employees, and 21 paintings by Lepkowski.
Cooper's photographs from around the world have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History and other prestigious publications.
Lepkowski is the creator of the ongoing Celebrating Family Farms of the Tug Hill series of paintings that pay tribute to New York's hard-working farmers.
Special events at the gallery include an opening reception Saturday, February 8, 1-4pm, and a Thursday, February 27, 1:30pm Celebrating Family Farms of the Tug Hill Region presentation by Lepkowski about her work with the farmers of the North Country and some of their stories. She will discuss her artistic process, how she started the agricultural themed series to raise the spirits of dairy farm families at a time when milk prices were low, and how the series has evolved into a profile of the diversity of New York agriculture.
TAUNY is a nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the living traditions and folk culture of New York's North Country region. The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress awarded an Archie Green Fellowship to help fund the documentation project and exhibit. For more information, visit the website at http://www.tauny.org/