The Arts Council for Wyoming County is thrilled to host Our Farmers, Our Water, Our Future; an exhibition by photographer Rebecca Drobis that shines a light on water and land conservation in the Genesee Valley by highlighting female farmers and their stories.
The exhibition is part of Farmers Working Together for Clean Water in the Great Lakes, a project supported by the Great Lakes Protection Fund to keep streams and rivers in the Great Lakes Basin clean. The Great Lakes are the world’s largest surface freshwater ecosystem, but they face many threats from invasive species, toxins, agricultural and municipal runoff, and climate change. The project is also part of a national American Farmland Trust initiative to work with women landowners to develop new voices for conservation.
For this project, Rebecca traveled to Wyoming and Livingston Counties throughout various agricultural seasons during 2018 to capture selected farmers who are committed to conservation and water preservation. Rebecca was deeply inspired by these individual’s passion for agriculture and dedication to maintaining their land for future generations.
The intention of the exhibition’s design is to create an approachable, interactive and dynamic viewer experience through the use of alternative printed materials and oversized displays.
Director of ACWC Jacqueline Swaby says of the exhibition “The ACWC feels deeply honored to be part of this project that brings attention to the important work of our female farmers in the Genesee Valley. Indeed, their leadership in the practice of water and land conservation in the Genesee Valley is commendable and should be celebrated. We should all be proud of the good work being done in our region by our farmers and other entities to conserve water and land, and also proud of the influence their work will have nationally. I too echo the sentiments expressed by John Piotti, president and CEO of American Farmland Trust – ‘The farms portrayed in this exhibit are leaders in their communities and pioneers in conservation.’”
The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, August 6 at 6:30pm. Meet artist Rebecca Drobis, a visual storyteller who uses photography to envision change. Through her work Rebecca has documented a range of issues affecting individuals and communities including environmental conservation, education, health, youth and family. Her curiosity and ability to connect with her subjects enrich her photographs with authenticity and candor. More of Rebecca’s photography can be viewed at rebeccadrobis.com and grownupwest.com.
Our Farmers, Our Water, Our Future exhibition runs from August 6 to September 24. The August 6 reception will be in-person and live-streamed, social distancing protocols will be observed, and reservations are required by calling (585) 237-3517.
For over forty years, the Arts Council for Wyoming County (ACWC) has created opportunities to bring arts into their rural communities through programming, grants, and art events. Located on Main Street Perry, the ACWC has produced the Letchworth Arts and Crafts Show, one of the largest and highest-rated shows in the region. The ACWC is also Wyoming County’s NYSCA Decentralization Site for Community Arts Grants. For more information on membership or advocacy in the arts, please visit www.artswyco.org.
Organization: Arts Council for Wyoming County
Contact: Allison Hamilton (585) 237-3517 EX 103
What: Our Farmers, Our Water, Our Future
When: August 6, 2021
Where: 31 S Main St, Perry, NY, 14530