Making art from earth is what many farmers and gardeners do, but Cornell’s Soil Health Lab manager, Kirsten Kurtz takes it to a whole new level of creativity by blending art and science—literally!
Both a soils scientist and artist, Kirsten married her love of art and science by creating paintings made entirely of pigments derived from soil. She discovered and honed this technique of mixing various dried soils with a gesso binder while working on her senior thesis to complete a B.A. in visual arts.
Howling Wolf Farm on Tilton Road in Randolph and the Arts Bus have announced that Kurtz is coming to Randolph to share her artistry and knowledge on Sunday, Aug. 7 during Open Farm Week. Families and friends are invited to come from 1-4 p.m., when she will give a short talk about soils, the art of soil painting, and teach how to use it to paint on canvas. All participants will go home with their own original artwork made by the soils at Howling Wolf Farm.
This event will be held during Open Farm Week, when members of the public are invited to farms all across Vermont to explore, learn and appreciate farming. When not actively engaged in art activities with the Arts Bus and Kurtz, visitors to Howling Wolf Farm will be encouraged to visit sheep and pigs, walk the farm, and take in the views over Randolph Village.
Kirsten Kurtz is an artist, scientific communicator, and soil scientist who manages the Cornell Soil Health Lab and has a master of science from the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University.
Her paintings and interviews have been featured in a wide range of national and international publications including The Furrow, Yale Climate Connection, Art and Wine Magazine, CSA News and others. She has been recognized as an Artist for the Earth by the Earth Day Network and has shown in a wide range of galleries. Kirsten’s work can be found on her website soilpainting.com/
This event is offered free of charge by Howling Wolf Farm and the Arts Bus, with funding from Lamson-Howell Foundation, Vermont Arts Council and the Town of Randolph. The Arts Bus is a nonprofit now in its 12th year of empowering children to find joy and authentic self-expression through the arts through a big green bus.