From the Pastoral to the Political

October 15th – November 12th

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 15th, 6-8pm


Lecture: Agriculture in Rhode Island and South County by Kenneth Ayars, Chief, Division of Agriculture, RIDEM
Wednesday, October 19 at 7pm


Hera Gallery is pleased to present From the Pastoral to the Political, an exhibition that has artists exploring current issues in food production. Communities across the nation are putting more emphasis on local farming and food co-ops as big agribusinesses are relying more on GMO’s and man-made chemicals such as pesticides. Should food be under control of a few big companies?  Should the government help subsidize more local farming? How has the preservation of land and natural resources become vital?


The following artists from across the United States have answered through visual works in multiple mediums, from oil paintings to video art.


Jonathan Beckerman, Roxbury, CT

Meg Birnbaum, Somerville, MA

Barbara Bossevain, Palo Alto, CA

April Clagget, Dublin, NH

Lee Fearnside, Luckey, OH

Nicholas Gaffney, Lebanon, NH

Jen Moon, Milwaukee, WI

Beverly Poppe, Grand Forks, ND

Todd Sabellii, Providence, RI

Emily Sorlien, Providence, RI

Steven Rubin, State College, PA

Teresa Wendorff, Illinois

Aaron Wilder, San Francisco, CA


It is important to Hera Gallery that such a themed event be contextualized within our own community. We are excited to say that the Opening Reception will feature local music, the South County Food Co-op and we will have organic vegetable and hors d’oeuvres donated by the Solar Cart Café and the following South County Farms:


Brandon Family Farm

Chris and Kristina’s Market Garden

Luckyfoot Ranch

Reynold’s Barn

Farmhouse by the Sea


The exhibition will take place in Hera Gallery’s location on 10 High Street in Wakefield, RI. The public is invite to attend the From the Pastoral to the Political Opening Reception on Saturday, October 15th from 6 to 8pm, and the lecture featuring Kenneth Ayars, Wednesday October 19th at 7pm


These programs are presented with partial support from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Greenview Farm, Hera Educational Foundation, and The Friends of Hera. Hera Gallery is free and open to the public and is accessible to persons with disabilities. Parking is available.