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Our Sacred Earth “Autumn” Exhibit

Farm Wife Headlines Art Exhibition at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

Saturday, September 20th 2014, 6:30-8pm

“Sacred Earth: AUTUMN,” a Special Exhibition: Many spiritual traditions around the globe believe the very soil we stand upon is sacred, as is the act of farming. And so the Good Earth Church of the Divine, a down-to-earth Interfaith community, is hosting a four seasons art exhibition to highlight the beauty and productivity of this planet. The third exhibition of 2014 honors autumn.

Beginning on Saturday, September 20th, with a reception from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, mixed media art works by Marishka Bub of MoonStar farm near Elkhorn, will grace the gallery at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. The Institute is also home to the Good Earth Church of the Divine at W2493 County ES, in the Big Brown Barn on the edge of East Troy, WI 53120. The Gallery is fully accessible on the main floor, and the exhibition is part collaboration marking the 30th Anniversary of Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, with its internationally recognized sustainable soil and crop research and teaching programs.

PRIMITIVE NAIVE STYLE Marishka (Mary) Bub paints on photographs, uses silk and wool, wood, textured surfaces and computerized imagery in her work. The results can be arresting or calming, curious or childlike. She is an untrained artist, but like others working in this genre, highly productive. This is Bub’s first formal art exhibition.

Describing her work as an artist, Bub says, “To be called a naive, outsider artist means to me that I am unrestricted by the structures of technical skill. Being creative means I am listening and working out my sense of intuition. When this happens art becomes both play and meditation. Whether the subject is found in a rural or urban setting, seeing it through the lens of my camera, I know I can add a new perspective when I playfully modify the image using color and texture. Silk and wool wind their way into items that convey the organic earthy stuff of life. Watercolor and oil paints offer additional means of making my art tell a story. And autumn, that season of harvest, invites me to glean the deeper meaning of the story that is my own life. These means of self-expression become concrete forms to hold and see its essence.”

Bub is a farm woman, wife, mother and grandmother, who cares for three generations of her family on an organic farm. She is not only an artist but also a poet, writer, grass roots activist and social innovator who co-founded the Wisconsin Rural Women’s Initiative in 1998,that has served rural women in 67 Wisconsin counties. She was recipient of the Feminarian Award in 2007; winner of the Social Innovation Prize in Wisconsin, 2008; a Purpose Prize Fellow with Civic Ventures 2008; and winner of Wisconsin’s Top Rural Development Initiatives, 2009 before turning her creative mind to making art.

Exhibition Details: Bub’s exhibition will run September 20th to December 19th, and can be viewed weekdays 9:00 to 4:00 or Sundays 9:30 to 1:00. No Saturday hours. Admission is free!  Refreshments will be served at the Opening Reception on September 20th. Works can be purchased directly from the artist.

For more information, call 262-684-5193.