An introduction to Laura Shore:
In 2013 I retired from my marketing job at Mohawk Fine Papers to care for my elderly parents. I began painting again, which was something I had been itching to do for many years. Because I wasn't working, I could spend more time exploring the local landscape and I started noticing the "Coming Soon" signs featuring bloated McMansions sprouting on fields that had been tilled since the 18th century. The "great recession" had given us a development reprieve but it was clear that the pressure was on.
Having seen the effects of unbridled development in other regions, I know that this is a clock that you can't unwind. I also know that small farmers are under tremendous pressure to sell land that has been in families for generations. As individuals, I believe we can make a difference by choosing local, organically grown food. This helps expand the local food economy, supports local farmers, and builds community resilience. I founded Farm Share Studio as a focus for my paintings, which celebrate local food and upstate New York farmers -- and as a way to expand the conversation about food, farming, and development.
Paintings, prints, and cards
Farm Share Studio features paintings, prints, cards and other products that document locally grown produce and landscapes. Canvas prints are available locally at Gallery 5one in Clifton Country Mall. Cards and/or books are available at the following locations:
The Albany Institute of History and Art Gift Shop
Arlene's Artist Supplies on Fuller Road in Colonie
The Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza
Indian Ladder Farms, Guilderland, NY
Cards, prints, and paintings are available on my Etsy site: farmsharestudio.
10% of proceeds are donated to organizations that support agricultural land preservation, such as the American Farmland Trust, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conervancy, and the Agricultural Stewardship Association.
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