‘Paint the Farm’ fundraiser for Kelley Farm set for four September weekends

"Peaceful Place" by Sue Wipf

by Bruce Strand, A rts editor

Sue Wipf set up an easel at the Oliver Kelley Farm a couple weeks ago, depicting a cabbage on her canvas while enjoying sights and sounds of children and their parents assisting with such chores as picking bugs off the potato leaves and feeding them  to the chickens.

“The time spent there painting brought peacefulness to my soul,” said Wipf. “We have such a treasure that has been preserved for us to enjoy.  I am very grateful for that.”

Wipf is one of 12 local artists creating oil paintings for the annual Paint the Farm exhibit and fundraiser for the Kelley Farm slated for each weekend in September.

"Laundry Day" by Mark Haglund

The show starts Labor Day weekend, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 3-4-5, noon to 4 p.m. each day. The next three weekends will be Saturday and Sunday, also noon to 4 p.m.

"Farm Portrait" by Joan Rupprecht

Featured artists are Wipf, Frieda Bruck, Mary Jo Burk, Roxanne Current, Linda Croteau, Jessica Henry Davis, Donn Granros, Mark Haglund, Shirley Hove, Mary Olson, Joan Ruprecht, and Marilyn Schroeder.

Artists will be painting live during the shows.

This event is hosed by The Friends of the Kelley Farm, a non-profit whose mission is  to preserve and support the operation of the 1860’s farm.

The farm is 2.5 miles east of Elk River on Highway 10.

"White Bonnet," by Donn Granros

“Each year thousands of people, particularly children, come to the Oliver Kelley farm where they participate in farming activities,” noted Don Heinzman of the Friends group. “I doubt if there is another fundraiser like this anywhere in the state.”

"Oliver's Cabbage" by Sue Wipf
"Playing at the Well" by Marilyn Schroeder