“American Farmer” exhibit to go on display at Temecula Valley Museum

TEMECULA — The Temecula Valley Museum is excited to announce a new exhibit,  American Farmer, coming to the location at the end of January. The exhibition, which was curated and organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, presents a collection of portraits showing the geographic and cultural diversity of the American Farmer.

The temporary exhibit will be on display in the second-floor gallery at the museum from Friday, Jan. 31, to Sunday, Mar. 15.


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When American photographer Paul Mobley set out to capture the soul of our country’s farming communities, “he encountered an enduring rural culture that remains rooted in the principles of tradition, family, integrity, and hard work,” exhibit organizers recently explained.

Crisscrossing the country from Alaska to Florida, Mobley and his camera were welcomed time and time again into the homes of hundreds of farm families.

Traveling the country from coast to coast, Paul Mobley set out to capture the soul of our country’s farming communities. Along the way he encountered “an enduring rural culture that remains rooted in the principles of tradition, family, integrity, and hard work,” according to exhibit organizers.

Visit after visit, Mobley came to know the independent farmer’s spirit from both behind the lens and across the dinner table.

He sought the elusive spirit of agriculture, looking for subjects that mirrored the project’s sense of risk and independence. Not surprisingly, the resulting images show farmers with a strong sense of where they belong in the universe, a close connection to the land, and their day-to-day work as it affects the rest of the world.

“Mobley’s heroic photographs reveal the true face of American farming, and remind us what it means to live with
simplicity, contentment, and decency in a world that so often forgets,” said event organizers.

Mobley’s exhibition is being toured nationally by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance; which sends more than twenty-five exhibitions on tour to over 100 small and mid-sized communities every year.

These exhibitions create access to an array of arts and humanities experiences, nurture the understanding of diverse cultures and art forms, and encourage the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities.

About Mid-America Arts Alliance

Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout our region and beyond. They achieve this primarily through their national traveling exhibition programs, innovative leadership development, and strategic grant making.

“We are especially committed to enriching the cultural life of historically under-served communities by providing high quality, meaningful, and accessible arts and culture programs and services. We believe in more art for more people,” M-AAA recently explained.

For more information about this exhibit, please visit TemeculaValleyMuseum.org or call (951) 694-6450. For more information about ExhibitsUSA, please email [email protected] or visit www.eusa.org. Additional information about M-AAA is available at www.maaa.org.

City of Temecula contributed to this article.

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Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.