CSA: Community Supporting Arts at Savory Maine Dining and Provisions

Savory Maine Dining and Provisions in Damariscotta is pleased to exhibit an exciting portion of a larger body of artwork entitled CSA: Community Supporting Arts.  It is the culmination of the partnering since this past spring of 14 artists with 13 Maine farms that practice Community Supported Agriculture.  The exhibit at Savory Maine is on view from November 13, 2012 through February 5, 2013.  An opening reception to meet the artists and farmers will be held on Friday, November 16 from 3-5.  Savory Maine will provide delectable finger food.  Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

11 Water Street, Damariscotta, Maine  04543  — 
563-2111 — http://savorymainedining.com     

local, organic, seasonal, fresh, wild-harvested, sustainable, creative, nourishing, delicious 

Savory Maine is located at 11 Water Street, Damariscotta.  It is open for breakfast lunch and dinner from 8 am – 8 pm Monday, Thursday through Saturday and 10 am – 8 pm on Sunday for brunch and dinner.  The restaurant sources most of its food from Maine and 99 percent of it is organically grown, wild harvested or grass fed.

The nine artists showing at Savory Maine are Kate Barnes, Susan Bickford, Tyler Gulden, Kris Engman, Petrea Noyes, Kelsey Kobik, Kim Christensen and Jamie Ribisi-Braley (artist partners), and Maina Handmaker.

The farms they experienced thoroughly and have artistically portrayed are Grassland Organic Farm, Goranson Farm, Dig Deep Farm, Morning Dew Farm, Treble Ridge Farm, Crescent Run Farm, Wholesome Holmstead and Milkweed Farm.

CSA: Community Supporting Arts is a project of the Harlow Gallery, home of the Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) and the Kennebec Local Food Initiative (KLFI).  The KVAA is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to “connect and celebrate art, artists and community”. KLFI is an organization based in Gardiner that strives to strengthen community food security through access, education, information and advocacy.

Since March 2012  the artists have been visiting their farms regularly and creating art inspired by the farmers’ lives, work, landscapes, challenges and ideals.  The partnering farmers all operate CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms, which provide produce to the members who make a financial commitment by investing in a share of the produce at the beginning of the growing season.  In return farmers are committed to producing the freshest, most flavorful, high quality food possible for their members (most CSA farms adhere to organic standards as much as possible). Typically each CSA member gets a weekly delivery of produce from early summer through harvest. CSA is a grassroots response to the growing social and environmental problems of our modern industrial food system, and this local foods movement is transforming relationships between people, food and farms.  Visit the project blog site at http://csaart.org/ for more information on the artists, farms, and the project in general.  You may also contact Nancy Barron or Deb Fahy at 207-622-3813kvaa@harlowgallery.orgwww.harlowgallery.org.

The brainchild of  Deborah Fahy, Executive Director of Harlow Gallery in Hallowell whose passions for both art and local food connected the two, this project took wings and will result in seven separate exhibitions in the state.  According to Fahy, “My hope for this project is that it raise awareness of the dedicated and creative people growing local food – and creating art here Maine. We are all so much more than just consumers – where you choose to spend your money can have a real impact on the local community and on real people and add meaning, value and community to your life.”

Savory Maine is a natural and most appropriate venue for the resulting artwork with its focus on local, organic food as well as a noteworthy schedule of art exhibits in its main dining room.  Grace Goldberg, owner of Savory Maine contacted Deb Fahy in the spring as soon as she heard about the project.  “I was so excited about it and I expressed a strong interest in showing the art at Savory Maine.  I have been to the Harlow Gallery to see the show there (only a portion of the work was on display) and was just incredibly moved. Several of the farms involved are major suppliers for us and the farmers work so hard to supply us with delicious, nutritious food.  It is so nice to have them showcased in such a wonderful way.”

This exhibition at Savory Maine is one of a series featuring art created during the CSA: Community Supporting Arts project. Other venues are as follows:

Common Street Arts in Waterville, on view November 3 – 30, 2012. Opening Saturday, November 3rd from 5-8pm.

Sheepscot General in Whitefield, on view November 9 – December 1, 2012.Opening Friday, November 9th from 5-8pm

Crosstrax Neighborhood Deli in Unity, on view December 7, 2012 – January 26, 2013.  Opening on Friday, December 7, 4-6pm

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery and the Hutchinson Center at U. Maine in Belfast, on view January 4 through February 2013. Opening on Friday, January 4th from 5-8pm

Frontier in Brunswick, on view January 11 – February 24, 2013.  Opening Friday, January 11th from 5-8pm


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