When: Through Feb. 25
An exhibition at River Arts in Morrisville addresses a quintessential Vermont subject with an unusual curatorial approach. Organized by Silene DeCiucies, “Thank Our Farmers for the View” is a collaboration of local artists Jess Graham, Jennifer Hubbard and Rett Sturman, art and literature students at Peoples Academy High School, the Lamoille County Conservation District and area farmers. The idea, DeCiucies writes, is “to bring attention to the importance of small farms to our beautiful landscape.” Indeed, the bucolic version of Vermont so admired by tourists and storied by locals is at risk because those small farms are an endangered species. According to the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture census, the number of farms in 2017 was down 7 percent from 2012. That may not sound like much, but it’s another notch in a general downward trend. The River Arts exhibition, comprising artworks and poetry inspired by farms in Lamoille County, honors the state’s agricultural heritage and its hardworking farmers.