"Animal Power"

December 5, 2014 through February 28, 2015

Opening celebration: Friday, December 5 at 5:30 pm. Many of the participating artists will be present; Stephen Leslie talks about his book, The New Horse-Powered Farm and Katie Runde discusses her children's book Wilhelmina Goes Wandering.

Animal Power

John Killacky, Executive Director:

What a fun adventure it's been to put together this exhibition on Vermont's animal-powered transportation and agriculture. As the owner of a Shetland pony that pulls me in a cart, I've formed relationships with many horse folks across the state, many of whom invited me to meet their equines. I've also enjoyed field day demonstrations with the Green Mountain Draft Horse Association—the majesty of these gentle giants and their teamsters working the fields together in perfect harmony is sublime as they demonstrated plowing, seeding, growing, reaping, binding, and threshing.

Further inspiration for this exhibition came from Stephen Leslie's The New Horse-Powered Farm, a new book published by Chelsea Green Publishing. Leslie manages an organic farm in Hartland, and his book is a wonderful 21st century compendium celebrating the renaissance of farming with horse-drawn equipment. Tips on breed attributes, training, care for workhorses, and appropriate tools, as well as techniques for fertilizing, tilling, cultivating, and harvesting are illustrated with a plethora of photos. The book is augmented by first person narratives from various teamsters, farmers, and draft horse aficionados.

I also contacted curators and archivists around the state, and sat with them as they lovingly culled from their collections, selecting artwork pertinent to the contributions of draft animals to agricultural and transportation efforts. Animal Power includes historical and contemporary photographs, prints, paintings, drawings, and ephemera drawn from Bryan Memorial Gallery, City of Burlington, Dog Mountain, Essex Community Historical Society, Fleming Museum, Free Press Media, Frog Hollow, Grass Roots Arts & Community (GRACE) Gallery, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Merchants Bank, Richmond Historical Society, Rocky Dale Gardens, Shelburne Farms, and Shelburne Museum. Artists too were contacted and you will enjoy many of their contributions to Animal Power. They include: Kevin Fahey, Laura Hamilton, Stephen Leslie, Tina Mauss, Dona Ann McAdams, Peter Miller, Jean Nichols Cross, Katie Runde, Hannah Sessions, and Rett Sturman.

Contact Flynn Marketing at 802-652-4500 or marketing@flynncenter.org for more information.

The 2014-2015 Exhibition Season is generously supported by Amy E. Tarrant. This exhibit is also supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Foundation.

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