Flan­ders to hold pro­gram on VanVleck’s birth­day

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - COMMUNITY -

WOOD­BURY — A pro­gram on the tran­si­tion of Flan­ders Na­ture Cen­ter founder, Amer­i­can Modernist artist Natalie VanVleck from artist to agrar­ian, will be held Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.. The pro­gram is held in con­junc­tion with the ex­hibit “Natalie Van Vleck: True to Her Art, Life and Land” at the Mat­tatuck Mu­seum, run­ning from Dec. 2-Feb. 28.

The Flan­ders pro­gram will fo­cus on how VanVleck tran­si­tioned to work­ing 200 acres of land that sur­rounded her fam­ily’s Van Vleck Farm af­ter her move to Wood­bury in 1927. From 1935 to 1953, she raised tur­keys on a com­mer­cial scale and shipped her plucked, frozen birds across the coun­try. In the years dur­ing World War II, she started rais­ing sheep and be­come known as a top breeder of Hamp­shire sheep, with her flock con­sid­ered one of the five best east of the Mis­sis­sippi.

Guests will hear a short pre­sen­ta­tion on Natalie’s farm­ing by Dianne Parmalee, Flan­ders ed­u­ca­tion co­or­di­na­tor and farm man­ager, and a short talk on her na­turein­spired art by Flan­ders cu­ra­tor Marc Chabot in the stu­dio on the Van Vleck sanc­tu­ary in Wood­bury. Then cel­e­brate Natalie’s birth­day (Oct. 19) with cake and re­fresh­ments. Weather per­mit­ting, the visit will end a 5-minute walk to Flan­ders North Barn to see barn­yard an­i­mals, in­clud­ing Dwarf Nigerian goats, and to visit Flan­ders’ Buzz Rus­sell an­tique farm tool mu­seum.

The pro­gram will be held at the Flan­ders Stu­dio, lo­cated at the cor­ner of Flan­ders and Church Hill Roads in Wood­bury. The cost is $10 for all Flan­ders mem­bers and Mat­tatuck Mu­seum mem­bers, $15 for non-mem­bers. Those in­ter­ested may reg­is­ter on­line at www.flan­der­sna­ture­cen­ter.org or call 203-263-3711, ext. 10, for in­for­ma­tion.

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