10 farms host 2006 Fields Project

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Ten farm families have volunteered to host for nine days the visiting artists who will be participating in the Eighth Annual Fields Project held in Ogle County June 19-25.

For nine days, artists from the length and breadth of the United States will be living with these farm hosts: Joanne Juriga, Mt. Morris; Leo and Linda Patterson, Polo/Dixon; Steve and Dixie Hammer, Oregon; Larry and Aneda Ebert, Ashton; Jerry and Joan Scheffler, Ashton; Joe and Jennifer Warrenfeltz, Franklin Grove; Gary and Judy Bocker, Polo; Joyce Bothe, Amboy; Barb Samsel, Oregon; and Sue and Harvey Brown, Polo.

The farm hosts represent working farms that give artists a perspective of farm life that is reflected in the art they produce while here in the fertile, scenic Rock River Valley. In the past eight years, 38 different families have hosted 59 different artists.

Living and sharing their respective life-styles, the artists gain a perspective of the land and what and how it produces. A mutual respect for the work and skill it takes to farm and create art is the result of this relationship.

The week-long activities of the Fields Project are shared by artist, host families and about 25 members of the Fields Project committee. These activities include a First-night reception at inBronnze Studio and Gallery, where artists and host families meet. A dinner at Taft Campus, whose history of Lorado Taft and The Eagles Nest Art Colony is shared with a tour of the 1898 art colony site. A breakfast is then held at the Oregon Library with a docent presenting the Eagles Nest Art Colony art collection. Monday night, a “Show-and-Tell” night open to the public is held at Oregon United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. The artists share their work and techniques.

Saturday evening, the closing picnic is held, sharing the week’s highlights and finalizing preparations for the Art Festival. Also, all host families, artists and committee members will be scheduled for plane rides.

The culminating event of the week is the Field Arts Festival Sunday, June 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Mix Park, Oregon. There will be food, door prizes, live music and art activities for children. The art show and sale will feature visiting artists, local artists and sculptors.

Plane rides are available to the public Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25 from the Ogle County Airport between Oregon and Mt. Morris to view the four-field art sculptures. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 734-4171 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

From the June 21-27, 2006, issue

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