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Cultural District Events

Chris Hill: Nocturnal Landscapes
From Friday, July 05, 2019 -  10:00am
To Sunday, September 01, 2019 - 06:00pm
 
 Contact  salmonfalls@megaplanet.com or (413) 625-9833

Exhibit at Salmon Falls Gallery

Chris Hill, a soil scientist consultant in his work life, is also a self-taught painter inspired to bring his vision of farmlands brimful of both life and food to his viewers. Call it Permaculture, call it simply respecting the land and all of its inhabitants, Chris knows that taking care of the soil naturally, is the way to environmental health for this planet.

In the exhibit Nocturnal Landscapes, Hill, using acrylic paint, depicts farmland and fallow field as they should be: flush with life, no patch of soil left bare, a place where pollinators, predators and pests abound. Animals graze and peck, weeds and mushrooms are numerous. The primary crop thrives, does better than it would on its own, through the synergy of community. The best farms are integrated with the land, mimicking natural shapes and patterns. Inputs and outputs perfectly balanced.

Unfortunately, the majority of the farmland in our country is the opposite of what you will see pictured in this exhibit. Savage domination of once fertile ground is the norm. The land managers give back as little as possible and in a synthetic form. The result is sterile, bare earth— blowing away in the wind. The monotone hum of a swarm of pests, waiting to devour the next crop left unsprayed by pesticides. One plant species blankets hundreds of acres. A giant pollinator dead zone on the best of days. On the worst of days— ground zero for chemical warfare against Mother Nature. Those of us that live nearby close our windows and bring the cat in on those days.

This series points towards what could be; showing captured moments of moving, living, grown-sculptures. In Hill’s words:

“I have been inspired by some of the organic farms in the pioneer valley and a number of home gardens, places of true magic. I hope to capture some of the wonder and clarity I have found in these places and suggest that we all strive to cultivate spaces like this. Find yourself real food, grown on real soil, that is not only dense in nutrients, but whose very growth and existence supports myriad worlds of other organisms both great and small, and their continuity.”

Hill has invited the folks at World Repair Nursery to have a Native Fruit & Nut Tree Sale at Salmon Falls Gallery during the weekend of the exhibit’s reception, July 20 & 21. Come see Hill’s exhibit and take home plants that will support a healthy environment on your own land. The nursery emphasizes edible native plants from New England, offering a collection of species that are meant to grow in a healthy northeastern landscape, all producing something useful for people. Every species produces a food, nut, medicine, or other resource. For more information on World Repair Nursery, visit their FaceBook page: World Repair Nursery!

Hill’s exhibit can be viewed through September 1 at Salmon Falls Gallery, Shelburne Falls, MA, with a reception for the artist Sunday, July 21, 3-5pm. Saxophone by Loren Feinstein. World Repair Nursery offers a Native Fruit & Nut Tree sale at the gallery July 20 & 21. For more information, go to SalmonFallsGallery.com or call the gallery at 413.625.9833.

Location Salmon Falls Gallery
Parking is available on site.