Works by Alumnus and Faculty Featured in “Art of the Hills” Exhibit at Hunt Hill Farm

“Art of the Hills,” a  new exhibit opening Sunday, November 4 at Hunt Hill Farm, features works by Andrew Richards P’21, Visual Arts Chair, and Tyler Farmen ’00, Fine Arts Department Chair, Gallery Curator and a member of the Upper School Art faculty at Rumsey Hall School.
“‘Art of the Hills’ continues a long Hunt Hill tradition of exhibiting the work of accomplished local artists,” the nonprofit organization said in announcing the exhibit. “Celebrating the rich, creative culture of the region, ‘Art of the Hills’ highlights the works of both emerging and established Litchfield Hills-based artists working in all styles and genres.”

The community is invited to attend an opening reception for the artists on November 4 from 3-5 p.m. at Hunt Hill Farm, located at 44 Upland Road, New Milford. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will remain on view through November 21.

About Andrew Richards
A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Richards teaches ceramics, drawing, painting, and Advanced Placement Studio Art at The Gunnery. As an artist, he has turned to new materials and methods in the past few years, making use of recycled and natural materials to create works based on an environmental theme. His images are often inspired by the golden ratio, also known as the Fibonacci sequence, in which the next number is found by adding together the two numbers before it.

“This golden ratio occurs often in nature and is why the flowers and shells are used as the central theme of the work,” said Richards, whose work was featured in a solo exhibit at The Gunnery earlier this year.

About Tyler Farmen ’00
A native of Washington, Connecticut, Farmen received a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, in 2004. He lived and worked in New York as a designer for two years before returning to Connecticut in 2006. Farmen currently serves as Head of the Fine Arts Department at Rumsey Hall School and continues to pursue various creative projects. His work ranges from painting and sculpture to graphics and fashion. He has said that his ambition “is to make people approach what they look at every day with new value.”

According to Farmen’s artist statement, his work “consists of reinterpreting items that have been discarded by society and consumed by nature or other forces through painting and sculpture.” His work is currently featured in a solo show in the Tisch Family Library at The Gunnery.

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