- Associated Press - Sunday, November 15, 2015

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Krystn Madrine is all about food.

The Northwestern Michigan College visual communications student, production and design studio director and sustainable food advocate writes about food; styles, photographs and films food; even blogs and tweets about food.

Her visually sumptuous photograph of the lowly “pie plant” rhubarb took third place and $100 in the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s 2015 Farm to Frame Juried Photography Exhibition.

The exhibition celebrates agriculture and food production in northwestern Lower Michigan and features 55 works by 30 photographers. It runs through Dec. 5 at the Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Traverse City gallery before moving to The Franklin and Cherry Capital Foods.

Crooked Tree has long been an advocate of sustainability and runs its own Artisans and Farmers Market in Petoskey, its other site, said Megan Kelto, associate director of Crooked Tree Arts Center-Traverse City. The Farm to Frame exhibition ties in with that focus and is a way to partner with local farm-to-table restaurants like The Franklin and Trattoria Stella.



“Plus the subject matter lends itself to some beautiful photographs,” Kelto said, pointing to subjects ranging from food and plants, to farm animals, to barns and other scenery.

Previously the annual exhibition was open only to photographers in the Little Traverse region. But with the arts center’s new presence in Traverse City, entrance rules were changed this year to include the five-county Grand Traverse region. The 2015 competition drew 100 entries from 50 photographers in nine counties.

“Looking at the data, a lot of photographers were new to Farm to Frame, so having it down in Traverse City opened it up to a lot more people who maybe hadn’t heard of it before,” Kelto told the Traverse City Record-Eagle (https://bit.ly/1GTtxnV ).

Madrine, of Buckley, was one of two photographers from the Grand Traverse area to place in the top three. Her artsy photo of a partially chopped wet stalk of rhubarb on a thick, bamboo cutting board topped by an antique white platter of full stalks, originally was styled and shot to accompany one of her articles in the foodie magazine Edible Grand Traverse.

“It was taken at my kitchen window on a Sunday afternoon when the light was absolutely perfect,” said Madrine, 52.

Jessica Svec, also of Buckley, won second place and $250 for “Opening in the Sun,” a close-up of a sunflower unfolding in a field along County Road 633 near Buckley.

“I like to see things in a new way,” said Svec, 23, an amateur photographer whose composition is influenced by past drawing and photography classes at Traverse City West Senior High. “I try to get down and shoot something from a different angle. I like the photos I take that show things in a way you don’t expect.”

Professional photographer Tara Hallman of Petoskey took the top prize of $500 with her “Goats Milk.” Three $50 prizes also were awarded in the 18-and-under junior division to Ryan Hall of Petoskey, Alexa Tremonti of Alden and Charles Montgomery of Petoskey.

The artists chosen for awards combined both craftsmanship and content to produce a “resolved work of art that generated complex and often moving narratives,” said Farm to Frame juror and Central Michigan University photography professor Al Wildey. Each of the entries accepted into the show were scored 6 or 7 on a scale from 1 to 7.

“He was very happy to have the bar set so high,” Kelto said.

Farm to Frame will be on display at Crooked Tree Arts Center’s Traverse City gallery Monday to Saturday through Dec. 5 (closed Nov. 25-27 for Thanksgiving). The exhibit will travel to The Franklin Dec. 8-29 and to Cherry Capital Foods Jan. 6-17.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, https://www.record-eagle.com

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