From the Executive Director
It was never so apparent that I was a Northeast native until I lived in California and missed the changing of the seasons! Now back to the region and here at Snow Farm, I enjoy every season and what it brings.
Snow Farm in the spring is a beautiful time, with a variety of flowering trees all unfolding their fragrant blossoms. My favorite is the huge tulip tree right outside the dining hall.
This year over 280 students enjoyed the spring at Snow Farm. We also worked with Conway School of Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design to develop a concept plan for management of water run-off, pathways and parking, creating new vistas with plantings, solar, and even siting a (future) new dorm and maintenance building.
Summer starts with our high school program, Snow Farm Summer for 4 weeks in July; 64 teens attended from across the US. We gave out over $30,000 in scholarship dollars to support over 40% of the students. Our teen program is often a life-changing experience for many who participate – it opens their eyes to the creative possibilities now and in the future and can stir something deep in their soul.
Also in summer 2018, renovation work began in the wood studio thanks to a grant from the Windgate Foundation. New lathes and benches were in place by the end of the summer.
The smell of freshly-cut grass and containers of our natural well water sustained over 445 adult students who moved across the campus between their studios, the dining hall, and the dorms. We ate a bountiful dinner of international foods under the summer sky to celebrate the end of our special Beyond Borders: A Celebration of International Craft.
The Japanese maple by the back of the farmhouse is one of the first trees to turn in the fall as the hill behind Snow Farm follows to become a patchwork of color. The third season of classes brings the total number of class participants to over 1,200! We held our first 9-day clay workshop with Robbie Lobell which included multiple kiln firings and the exciting unveiling of the salt kiln firing on the last day.
At the very end of October, due to fundraising efforts, Snow Farm held a free two-day Craft Summit for 48 10th grade high school students in MA who drove from around the state to spend a weekend immersed in art and connect with other young artists “just like me.”
Almost winter brings Snow Farm’s largest fundraising event, the Seconds Sale! Over three weekends here at Snow Farm we sell the creative work of over 200 artists from the region, every item handmade. Volunteer support is crucial to this effort and to our yearlong work. Snowflakes started to fall before our announcement of a new Workshop Access Program, a scholarship program for adults to take classes at Snow Farm.
2018 was a very full year, and we thank you for being a part of it, even from afar and wishing us well! Snow Farm is a nonprofit, and In order to sustain the four seasons, we ask you for generosity. Please make a gift of any size to support this very special and magical place.
Mary Jo Murphy, Executive Director