Farm Island Anthology
a collaborative juried art exhibition
Bone Creek Museum:
March 17 – July 10, 2023
Tubac Center of the Arts:
April 7 – May 29, 2023
Tubac Center of the Arts in collaboration with The Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art (David City, NE) presents a juried exhibition of artwork for an exhibition titled, “Farm Island Anthology.”
The Farm Island Anthology Poetry
Penny Niemi’s “Farm Island Anthology,” set against the backdrop of rural America, challenges a new generation to perpetuate the legacy of rugged, aging farmers who have passionately loved and worked and valued the land. It depicts an agrarian lifestyle that embodies simplicity and complexity in the same moment.
Its descriptions introduce scattered farm islands and their “farm islanders,” whose ancestors cut the virgin timber stands and tilled and planted virgin soil. The piece moves to the Island Man and Woman, main characters and equal partners in this rural life play. The island dog is another indispensable farm worker, lying in wait for any trespassers to his island kingdom. And inside the barn, pulsing, non-stop island action reverberates every hour, every day, every island year.
Inspired by years of all-season drives across southern Minnesota to visit family, “Farm Island Anthology” spotlights a fast-disappearing bedrock of American history and culture. It celebrates the individual spirit of those melting-pot builders of small farms and American agriculture. It is a call to action for youthful men and women all across the country to envision and implement innovative farming methods that will feed our future. Read the poetry here.