Artist Stacey Creem’s VICTORY FARMERS exhibition opens May 3rd
that maybe the Oresman Gallery at Larchmont Public Library in Larchmont, NY will showcase the artist’s work Stacey Cream by doing “win pawns“Exhibit, a mixture of large and small oil paintings and photographs, showing men and women from Larchmont and Mamaroneck and their efforts in a community project sponsored by Victory Farms at the Grange.
This project, on view May 3-27, 2022, is made possible with funding from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and managed by ArtsWestchester.
Victory Farmers highlights community members who participated in a local effort last year to plant homegrown vegetable gardens and donate the produce to the Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force. The portraits tell a story of hope and inspiration and the urgency to preserve the land and feed one another. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Creem’s artwork benefits the task force.
“We are thrilled to feature Stacey’s work because it not only highlights a local artist, but how the community has come together for a single cause at a difficult time,” said Laura Eckley, director of Larchmont Public Library. “There is no better place to display this message than the beautiful gallery of our public facility.”
This is Creem’s first solo show. Creem, who has enjoyed a 25-year career as a lawyer, returned to art school at the New York Academy of Art in 2019 to pursue painting for life. While Creem’s paintings are representational, they combine three-dimensional form with vibrant color and abstraction to create a dream-like quality that sometimes transcends reality. The subjects in her portraits confront and challenge the viewer to look beyond the physical form to what lies at the core of the motivation to farm.
“For me, this project is an attempt to tell the story of a community coming together at a difficult time,” Creem said. “The pandemic has been so isolating and people seemed politically and ideologically divided on many levels. I have tried to convey the peasants and their landscapes through color and form, demonstrating both the unity of effort and the individuality of each participant. My hope is that my portraits highlight this community effort and help people see that individuals have the ability to make a positive impact on the world.”
The project began in Spring 2021 when Creem approached Lisa Chase, the founder of Victory Farms at the Grange, with the idea of creating a series of portraits that would highlight the project.
“I had seen Creem’s work and loved the idea of telling the story of the Victory Farms project through pictures of the gardeners involved,” says Chase. “I saw Stacey’s project as a way to expand the community element of the project by collaborating with a local artist.”
Chase founded Victory Farms at the Grange in 2020 with 40 Larchmont and Mamaroneck families growing vegetables and herbs in raised beds in their backyards. Last year the project expanded to include about 150 families, as well as local elementary schools, churches, the Sheldrake Nature Center and the library.
In 2021, Victory Farms at the Grange’s produce fed more than 800 families in partnership with the Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force. Both the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastation caused by Hurricane Ida have had a profound impact on an already ailing community, and the task force has faced an increasing demand for food.
“My hope is that the people of Larchmont and Mamaroneck and beyond will see this exhibit and consider participating or, even better, starting their own Victory Farming project in their own communities,” Chase said.
Victory Farmers is on view May 3-27 at Larchmont Public Library’s Oresman Gallery (121 Larchmont Ave, Larchmont, NY 10538). The exhibition opening (May 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.) and an artist talk (May 7, 2 p.m.) are free and open to the public.
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Stacey Creem is an artist living and working in New York. In her portraits, landscapes, and still lifes, she explores the relationship between subject, colour, brushstroke, and composition to create fresh and contemporary perspectives that capture her unique worldview and joy in painting. Often depicting everyday objects and people, her paintings elevate the mundane to images that convey emotions unique to each viewer who engages with them.
Creme focuses on painting in oil and gouache. She earned her Certificate of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art, her JD from New York University School of Law, and her BA from Tufts University.