The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture’s annual Agricultural Art Gallery auction netted $9,200 for the organization built to support Michigan's farm and food connection through consumer education and outreach.
The gallery showcased arts and crafts projects submitted by Farm Bureau members in six categories: woodworking, metal work, photography, drawing & painting, ceramics, pottery and fabric & fiber arts.
The most popular entries in each category were auctioned off at the organization’s 103rd Annual Meeting:
- “Happy Hens,” a masterful piece of quilting from Allegan County’s Jenny Machiela, won the fabric & fiber art category. For $1,000 it went home to Ravenna with Muskegon County Farm Bureau leader Wayne Kline.
- This year’s Volunteer of the Year, Jackson County member Hank Choate, dropped $2,300 on Thompson Metals’ “Scenic Farm Sign,” winner of this year’s metal work category.
- In the woodworking category, winning entry “Cedar Barn Quilt,” from Saginaw County’s Jeff Tompa, went to its new home in Saranac with MFB Legal Counsel Andy Kok, fetching $1,000.
Finally, Dr. Phil Knight of the Food Bank Council of Michigan bid $3,200 on a wooden combine fashioned by MFB CEO and executive woodworker Scott Piggott. It was the second year running Knight took home a Piggott implement.
The remaining entries went home with the winners of a silent auction, netting another $1,700 and pushing the Gallery’s total proceeds to the $9,200 mark.
A 501(c)3 formed by Michigan Farm Bureau, the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture has a mission of positively contributing to the future of Michigan agriculture through leadership and educational programming. Strategic partners are being sought to invest in helping Michigan's citizens understand agriculture's importance and the vital role it plays in their daily lives. Key programs, along with additional educational opportunities continually reviewed, foster leadership and outreach to build understanding of agriculture in Michigan.