Newton, NJ - Farm stands abound Sussex County, New Jersey with fresh produce and locally grown ingredients that easily support “farm to table” living. TraillWorks, located at 214 Spring Street in Newton, NJ, highlights this lifestyle during the upcoming harvest season with an exhibit titled, “FRESH”. On display from September 1st through October 28th, “Fresh” features work by eleven artists who support the power and importance behind local farming. The opening reception will be held on September 22nd, from 5-8pm, with food provided by “Art Partner” Andre’s Restaurant along with a wine tasting by Ventimiglia Winery and cupcake samples from Seven Acre Baker. Following the opening, at 8:30pm, there will be a film screening of the documentary, “Ingredients: The Local Food Revolution Takes Root”. TraillWorks and Andre’s together will host “Dinner and a Movie,” with an additional screening of Ingredients on October 25th at 8pm, preceded at 6pm with an exclusive three-course dinner at Andre’s Restaurant. Guests at the opening reception will have the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the Peter’s Valley Craft Fair, being held the last weekend in September.
"INGREDIENTS is a journey that reveals the people behind the movement to bring good food back to the table and health back to our communities," according to the film’s website (2009). The exhibit is a visionary depiction of produce, farmers at work and the bountiful land that yearns to prove lifestyle choices are of the utmost significance. FRESH artists include Phylis Barfoot, Brenda Decker, Patricia A. Griffin, Roz Hollander, Jane Brennan Koeck, Amanda Gordon Miller, Kristin Muller, Marie Christine Murphy, Marilyn Rose, Jennie Traill Schaeffer and Rob Yaskovic. Local photographer Rob Yaskovic, known for his wedding photos, brings a different point of view to TraillWorks for this exhibit. His piece titled, “September and Genesis” was taken at Genesis Farm in Blairstown, NJ, during the month of September. The background looms with grey clouds that hold no fear over the man who continues to rake crops in foreground, still lush with shades of green. Roz Hollander, yet another local artist, uses pastels to create still lives abundant with apples, tomatoes, pears, and grapes, all seemingly straight from the vine to the canvas. Her small strokes of vibrant color and dark tones create a focus on highlights and shadows that truly mimic reality.
Throughout the duration of “FRESH”, TraillWorks will be donating 10% of all exhibit sales directly to the Foodshed Alliance of Blairstown, NJ. The Foodshed Alliance is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting sustainable farming and locally grown, fresh, healthy food in northwestern New Jersey. Please visit www.traillworks.com for more information regarding this exhibit. Also, tickets for the film screening following the reception can be purchased online at filmscreeningingredients.eventbrite.com. Tickets for the second screening on October 25th can be purchased online at dinnerandmovieattraillworks.eventbrite.com. Or reserve tickets by calling 973-383-1307. Seating is limited to 25 people.
TraillWorks: Studio, Gallery, and Lessons is a multifaceted space where owner/artist, Jennie Traill Schaeffer, keeps her studio, operates a gallery, and teaches art lessons. The contemporary gallery features both fine and functional art by emerging and established guest artists, artisan jewelry, and Jennie's iconic paintings, drawings, and prints of aprons, kitchen appliances, and landscapes. Located at 214 Spring Street, 1st Floor, in Newton, NJ, is open Tuesday through Friday, 12 – 6pm and Saturday 12-8pm.