Announcing Artist & Farmer Partnerships in “CSA II: Community Supporting Arts 2017”
The Harlow Gallery announces 13 artist/farm partnerships for Community Supporting Arts (CSA II) project taking place across Maine in 2017. Participating artists will visit their partner farms regularly beginning in January, at the very start of the 2017 growing season, creating art inspired by their farmer’s lives, work, and landscape. The resulting body of artwork will be exhibited at three venues in the fall of 2017, at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell October 27-December 2; at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast September 22-November 10; and at Engine in Biddeford November 10 – December 16.
All the participating farms are Community Supported Agriculture (CSA farms). A CSA farm sells shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season. CSA II will use the power of art to promote the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming and of buying locally grown food. Our food industry is a critical key to a sustainable economy and the health and well-being of Maine citizens in an age of accelerating climate change.
The planning phase of CSA II, starting in late 2015, has been supported by grant funding from the Maine Community Foundation. The project steering committee released a statewide call to artists and farmers last spring to which 113 artists and 24 farms applied. Committee members Chris Cart, Deb Fahy, Lily Joslin, Anna Libby, Allison McKeen, Lauren Olson and Denis Thoet worked together to select and match the final partnerships as follows:
Ingrid Ellison of Camden is partnered with Hope’s Edge Farm in Hope.
Helene Farrar of Manchester is partnered with Farmer Kev’s in West Gardiner.
Dylan Gifford of Kents Hill is partnered with Wholesome Holmstead in Winthrop.
Karen Merritt of Portland is partnered with Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick.
Anna O’Sullivan of Portland is partnered with TheFarmME in Saco.
Tim Ouillette of Portland is partnered with Hancock Family Farm in Casco.
Tyson Pease of Gardiner is partnered with Tender Soles Farm in Richmond.
Alyssa Phanitdasack of Portland is partnered with Sheepscot General Farm & Store in Whitefield.
Jessica Rhoades of Thomaston is partnered with Whatley Farm in Topsham.
Susan Bartlett Rice of Walpole is partnered with Tarbox Farm in Westport Island.
Nicholas Runco of Oakland is partnered with Kennebec Valley Community College CSA in Hinckley.
Kris Sader of Orono is partnered with Ripley Farm in Dover-Foxcroft.
Rebecca May Verrill of Portland is partnered with Frith Farm in Scarborough.
Five years ago, in 2012 we organized the first Community Supporting Arts (CSA) project to connect Maine’s artist and farming communities, two vibrant and idealistic groups that are key to our state’s unique sense of place. CSA I was a huge success and the Harlow Gallery staff and volunteers are thrilled to be bringing it back in 2017.