A Little Farm Story
Harbor Mountain Press, 2010
Children, Full-color, 9″x8″, 28 pages
Harbor Mountain Press’s first intergenerational picture story about the life of a farm, complete with local v. industrial end notes, A Little Farm Story, by Jay Mead. A Little Farm Story celebrates the hard work that goes into small family farms. It is an intergenerational guide through the seasons of a year in the life of a family farm. The originals are painted on canvas pages 35”x40.” Jay created it as a “flippy book,” which refers to a giant puppet technique of story telling that is commonly used by Bread and Puppet. A Little Farm Story has been featured in Farm Fests, at open mics, and at the Hartland elementary school.
About the Author
Jay W. Mead was born in North Adams, Massachusetts, 1960. His creative projects have ranged from Europe to Canada and the United States. He has had one-person shows and performances at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (Exploration City Site), the Henry Gifford Hardy Gallery at the University Club of San Francisco, the Holderness School and Suzanne’s Kitchen in Plymouth New Hampshire. In addition to participating three years in ArtSpan Open Studios, Mead’s work has been featured in several group shows including the Ariel Gallery—Soho New York, SoMarts Gallery—San Francisco, Imago Gallery—San Francisco, Del Bello Gallery—Toronto Canada, and the O.U.I. Gallery—Boston Massachusetts. Mead is especially recognized for his extensive list of indoor and outdoor sculptural installations in San Francisco, the Czech Republic, Brunswick New Jersey, Chicago and New Hampshire, to name just a few.
In 2002, Mead moved with his wife and 2 boys to Cobb Hill, a cohousing community in Hartland, Vermont. “While a big part of this move was about exploring sustainability in a more intentional way,” says Mead, “I continued to make art and to teach. The instructing part of my career has increasingly moved outside of the classroom as is reflected in the residencies and workshops I have lead at the University of Chicago and Vassar College as part of the ‘Big Art’ project, the 2006 performance residency at Visao Futuro, Purangaba, Brazil, and multiple residencies with the Dana Meadows fellowships in Hartland. This work is as much about empowering people of all ages to create as it is about seeking transformation through art.” Visit Jay Mead’s website at www.jaymead.net