WARSAW — Local artists of any age and any medium were recently asked to create a piece of art representing their perception of agriculture for the new Art of Agriculture contest. Participants, ranging from ages 4 to 92, submitted 30 diverse pieces of art.
The traveling gallery is now on display at Creighton’s Crazy Egg Café and Coffee Bar until March 16. The gallery will travel to Warsaw City Hall March 19-30 and Warsaw Community Public Library from April 2-6. The ending exhibition and announcement of winners will take place at the 20th Annual Kosciusko County Taste of Agriculture event at the fairgrounds in Warsaw at 5 p.m. April 10.
The community may also view and vote for submissions at Facebook.com/KosciuskoAg. Voting can also be done at extension.purdue.edu/Kosciusko. The submissions that can be viewed range from a restored window picture frame, to paintings and drawings, to beadwork and quilts.
Grace Village’s ARTCare program also submitted work into the contest. 89-year-old Herb, submitted a drawing of a tractor.
According to his submission form, “Herb did this drawing at University of Michigan and he colored ‘his’ tractor – He’s had a stroke and he has learned to use his right hand and communicate through his eyes.”
Ninety-two-year old Doris also painted a picture based off a photo of her husband, who used to fish from the pier on Chapman Lake.
Students from Ms. Biggerstaff’s fourth grade class submitted paintings as part of the Purdue Extension Growing Kosciusko County program which pairs local fourth grade classrooms with farmers to learn about agriculture. The students learned about soybean by-products and painted the pictures from ink they made from soybeans.
“We wanted to plan something that would bring different members of the community together to highlight, learn about and celebrate agriculture in Kosciusko County,” said Mikaela Conley, special projects coordinator for Purdue Extension Kosciusko County. “This will give people who are any age and from any background a chance to come together and learn about something that is so crucial to their everyday lives.”
Contact the Kosciusko County Purdue Extension Office at (574) 372-2340, 202 W. Main St. Warsaw, for more information or visit www.extension.purdue.edu/kosciusko. Stay up to date on gallery hours and locations and local agriculture at facebook.com/KosciuskoAg.