Monday, October 22, 2012

Farm Fest at the Mort Brooks Memorial Farm with Deep Roots Art Installation, in collaboration with lighting designer Jackson Kay

Can’t get enough Harvest Festivals? The other Weavers Way Farm is also having  a celebration. It will be held at the Mort Brooks Memorial Farm, 4 – 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, a festival of local food, and a two-day multi-media art installation from 12 – 8 p.m., Sat. – Sun., Oct. 6 – 7. Bring the whole family and participate in children’s activities, a tour of the farm, and much more. Plus, admire a new art installation by local artist Meei Ling Ng. “By combining a farm festival with an art installation, we aim to spread the message that urban farms need to be multi-use spaces not just for growing food,” says farm manager Rick Rigutto. “We're taking a unique approach to raise awareness of the importance of farming by expanding the audience past foodies to art lovers and beyond.” Meei Ling's multimedia installation is in conjunction with the Philadelphia Open Studio Tour (POST), and will feature sculptures using repurposed and recycled farm materials that focus the viewers' attention to the many facets of urban farm life, including multimedia bee keepers, working farmers, light shows (what goes on at the farm at night?) and also functional art that the farmers will utilize in their daily tasks such as, a decorative chicken tractor. Both events take place at Mort Brooks Farm at Awbury Arboretum, 1011 East Washington Lane. Ample street parking is available on Washington Lane.

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