It’s a tiny painting with iridescent mica that makes the snow glitter!
Cherry Tree in Winter, original watercolor, framed with double rag mats, conservation glass, and custom frame
Keepin It Local in Morganza, Maryland – carries artwork and other items by Christina.
The Porch Store – located at Allen’s Heirloom Homestead, features sustainable items such as handspun yarn, homemade soap, hand knit and handwoven items, and much more. Seasonally, you can also purchase fresh eggs and boxed salads. See Allen’s Heirloom Homestead for prices.
Listen in on the public radio broadcast by Sabri Benachour of WAMU about the homestead.
Also see what St. Mary’s County is saying about Corn Crib Studio by going to http://www.visitstmarysmd.com/activities-attractions/allens-homestead/
SOLO SHOW at the North End Gallery, Fenwick Street, Leonardtown! OCTOBER, 2017
“Food and Farms” is (was) the theme. New paintings by Christina Allen
We have a small not-certified organic farm in St. Mary’s County where we raise much of our yearly food. A friend once told me, “Christina, it’s not ALL about food.” But I thought about it and think she is wrong. It IS all about food. You are either eating, or at the other end of the food chain in this world. And we work so that we may eat, and eat well. Food also is centered around friends and family and rituals. But how many other people know where their food comes from? Did they know the chicken on their plate? Do they know the farm and the farmer where their vegetables come from? Did they know the person who worked to grow and harvest their dinner?
People are eager to know more about their food supply. We are on the Southern MD Trails and get lots of farm visitors every year. I have had to cut off visitors a few months ago because I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The community seems genuinely shocked the I (the super healthy one!!) would get cancer. My super-healthy mother died of cancer 5 years ago. And my biological father died of cancer just a few months ago. So, I inherited some defective genetics. Or, it could have something to do with the superfund site from a company that contaminated the drinking groundwater, just two miles from my childhood home, in Groveland, MA. Who can know? Clean water and food matter. It makes me care even more how we treat the soil and this land we only borrow for a while, before we pass it on. I have no illusions that I will die of something. But the quality of one’s life while we are here matters. I’m doing great. (The doctors are thrilled with my strength.) I expect 100% recovery from my cancer. I’m the lucky one here.
So, the healthy food and commitment to a healthy lifestyle are not for naught. I have no regrets. Our farm has served us well. I like to think it made the difference from me dying from this disease, or having the strength to weather the treatments and to get to live to an old age… with a lovely quality of life throughout.
Come share a couple of years of new paintings inspired by food and farms. They, food and farms, are my life’s works. Do you dream recipes too?
Food at the reception from local Sassafras Organic Farm, and our own Allen’s Heirloom Homestead. Catering provided by Quality Street Kitchen, Leonardtown.