“How We Grow Our Food: A Celebration of Art and Agriculture” opened Saturday at Philomath Museum and will remain in place until June 3. (Photo provided by Benton County Historical Society)

The newest exhibit at Philomath Museum focuses on food through the works of 11 Willamette Valley artists, the Benton County Historical Society announced.

The exhibition entitled “How We Grow Our Food: A Celebration of Art and Agriculture” opened Saturday and will remain in place for viewing until June 3. The show features 75 works by artists Melissa Barrett, Jan Black, Lorraine Dye, Becki Hesedahl, Carolyn Johnson-Bell, Laura Kellenbarger, Jess Kolman, Ann Moore, Janet Reese, Diane Trevett and Patricia Young.

Mark Tolonen, the historical society’s curator of exhibitions, said the artists formed a collaboration in 2018 to create art focused on food and the importance of how food is grown.

“Their goal is to show how simply beautiful our food is when seen through artists’ eyes, and above all, to encourage community and promote connections with others,” Tolenen said in a press release.

Also currently on display at Philomath Museum is “Water Works,” an exhibition about water featuring artifacts from the BCHS collection. Themes of the exhibit include sources of water, acquiring water and using water for personal needs, industry, transportation, recreation and as habitat for wildlife.

Philomath Museum with free admission is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.