Terry Niccoli (right) and Junad Rizki working on a farm in downtown Chicago

These plein air painters found a nice, pastoral scene … at the corner of Division and Clybourn in Chicago.

Members of Plein Air Painters of Chicago gathered on September 28 at City Farm, a group that sets up vacant lots for the growing of vegetables in urban areas.

“The location was great for many reasons, including the contrast between the farm and the city, the smell of freshly harvested tomatoes, and the sounds of chickens in the coop,” reports PAPC member Stephanie Wiedner. “It involved many senses. People in the country may not understand how special this is, but it really is a mini farm in the city and a refreshing change from concrete and buildings in Chicago. The farm offered opportunities to paint crops of kale, lettuce, carrots, and more, as well as buy vegetables which were harvested on request. Talk about fresh! This farm sells most of its vegetables to the local restaurants … how great.”


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