Gallery SHS of the Sharon Historical Society & Museum presents “Farm to Table,” a juried exhibition and sale of artworks by local artists. The exhibit runs from July 14 through August 24, 2018. An opening wine and hors d’oeuvres reception to which the public is invited free of charge will be held on Saturday, July 14 from 5:00 to 7:00PM. Artists were invited to submit works in any medium (e.g. Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Photography, Pastel, Ink, Graphite, Drawing, Print, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Assemblage, Fabric, Stone, Clay, Metal) that respond to, and reflect the artist’s interpretation of, the theme Farm to Table. Cash prizes will be awarded to three works selected by the judges, Heide Hendricks and Rafe Churchill. In addition, guests who attend the show’s opening night will have the opportunity to select their favorite work of art which will receive the “SHS Crowd Pleaser” award. All purchases support the Sharon Historical Society & Museum’s mission.
As usual, the Gallery SHS exhibit will be complemented by a display of historical materials. The “farm” display will feature objects from the SHS collection, including diaries kept by a local farmer. “Table” will be represented by a selection of vintage cooking pamphlets from the collection of Sharon resident Jessie Sheehan, author of the recently published book The Vintage Baker. Sheehan’s book looks to the historical pamphlets for inspiration and re-creates the recipes for modern kitchens and tastes. Sheehan became interested in vintage cookbooks a decade ago when she found some baking booklets from the early twentieth century at a Brooklyn junk shop. Their colorful design and retro vibe intrigued her, the recipes are a mirror of America’s history. The rise of baking powder during World-War I demonstrates the ingenuity of frugal homemakers seeking a less expensive alternative to whole eggs as a leavener for cakes. Years later, cookbooks from the 1950’s reflect a more prosperous time and signal a new dawning of culinary experimentation and extravagance.
Gallery SHS is located at the Sharon Historical Society & Museum, 18 Main Street, Route 41, Sharon, CT. The gallery and museum are open Wednesday through Friday from 12-4, Saturday 10-2 and by appointment. For more information and directions to Gallery SHS, call (860) 364-5688. For additional information about the Sharon Historical Society & Museum, visit www.sharonhist.org.