Artists are ‘Painting the (Kelley) Farm’ again this month


“Going to Work” by Mary Olson


Local artists capturing local history is the theme of the fourth annual “Paint the Farm” Art Show and Sale at historic Oliver H. Kelley Farm, three miles east of Elk River on Highway 10.

The event opened Labor Day and will be held each Saturday and Sunday in September from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A reception for the artists will be held Sept. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m.

“Barnyard King” by Marilyn Schroeder

Participating artists are Frieda Bruck, Mary Jo Burk, Roxanne Current, Linda Croteau, Mark Haglund, Mary Olson, Jan Oxendale, Joan Ruprecht, Marilyn Schroeder, and Sue Wipf.

“We come together to raise funds for the worthy cause of the Friends of the Kelley Farm,” said Haglund, referring to the farm’s support group, to which the artists donate 40 percent of proceeds.

The event includes Arts for Kids, with youngsters getting a chance to try their hand at their own paintings, with help from the participating artists.

Kelley Farm is an 1860’s farm with preserved buildings, costumed guides, animals similar to those serving the farm family 150 years ago, and crops and gardens also specific to that era.

Mark Haglund worked on a portrait of a Kelley Farm costumed guide, as a demonstration for guests, on Labor Day. On the wall behind him was a barnyard scene by Jan Oxendale. (Photo by Bruce Strand)
“Noise Makers” by Linda Croteau
“Thirsty” by Joan Rupprecht
Participating in Art for Kids are Lolene Love and her children Alechea (back) and Gideon, and family friend Rebecca (left), all of Brooklyn Park, on Labor Day.