Piano Farm by Lori Vrba

Issue 22

My daughter Olivia began piano lessons at the age of 6, on an old upright nestled into a converted sleeping porch on Emerson Farm. Sara is her teacher and the farm’s caretaker. As an artist, I quickly realized I should always come with my camera and film. My relationship to the farm and to Sara grew from there.

This series speaks to the connection between an artist and a place of endless creative possibility. It is also my thank you note, love letter and deep curtsey to Sara for allowing me such freedom…a luxury for which I am forever grateful.

With this body of work, I not only want to share the visual charm of the farm itself, but also my own inspired experience of the farm and the imagery born from such a giving place.

The Piano Farm holds possibility at every turn. The ferel garden, the greenhouse of perfect light, the stable of two white horses named Elvis and Finnegan (who behave more like curious dogs than horses), the tiny log cabin where a Baby Grand takes the place of a breakfast table…all laced with the Bohemian touches of the free spirited and exuberant Sara.

My own artistic voice is free to sing there alongside the sounds of children at the piano. It is a place I trust, as it continues to welcome me into its wellspring of inspiration.

Lori Vrba is a Chapel Hill, NC based artist.
To view more of Lori's work, please visit her website.

  Rebecca's Palm 

Rebecca's Palm 

  Middle C 

Middle C 

  The Old Upright 

The Old Upright 

  Footpath 

Footpath 

  Chicken Egg 

Chicken Egg 

  Old Maid 

Old Maid 

  Cocoon 

Cocoon 

  Flight 

Flight 

  Ghost Breath 

Ghost Breath 

  Dusk 

Dusk 

  Garden Shed 

Garden Shed 

  Jean Skirt 

Jean Skirt 

  Henna 

Henna 

  Baby Hands 

Baby Hands 

  Olivia Loves Elvis 

Olivia Loves Elvis 

  Clover Field 

Clover Field 

  Beethoven's Fifth 

Beethoven's Fifth 

  Braids 

Braids 

  Party Slip 

Party Slip 

  Tending The Dogs 

Tending The Dogs 

  Golightly

Golightly

  Baby Grand 

Baby Grand 

  Ode To Joy 

Ode To Joy