On View: October 27 – December 2 | Opening Reception: Friday, October 27, 5-7pm
The public is invited to attend and meet the artists and farmers at an opening reception for CSA II: Community Supporting Arts on Friday, October 27, from 5-7pm. CSA II: Community Supporting Arts, presented by Harlow Gallery, is an exhibition showcasing artwork from the CSA project during which participating artists have spent the 2017 growing season creating art inspired by their farmer’s lives, work, and landscape. The resulting body of artwork is on view October 27 through November 4, 2017.
Highlights of the evening include a projection art installation by Nick Runco, a screening of Tim Ouillette’s short film, “Imperishable”, and Tyson Pease will create an illustration on site .Tim Ouillette’s film will start at 6:30pm. Nick Runco’s projection art will be taking place from 5-7pm at the Harlow Gallery’s new 100 Water Street location which is just a 2 minute walk away.
Exhibitions of work from CSA II: Community Supporting Arts project are also on view at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street in Belfast, through November 10; and at Engine, located at 128 Main Street in Biddeford, from November 10-December 16 with an opening reception Friday, November 10, 5-8pm.
In 2012 Harlow Gallery 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. The first CSA project was a huge success and the Harlow Gallery staff and volunteers are thrilled to bring it back for 2017.
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, startied in late 2015, with support 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.
CSA II: Community Supporting Arts has been made possible by support from Johnny’s Select Seeds, The Fahy Family of Hallowell, and by grant funding from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust and the Maine Community Foundation
Harlow Gallery is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963. We appreciate the support of our sister galleries, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast and Engine in Biddeford. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery celebrates agriculture through art, capturing the vibrancy of Maine’s farms and farmers—their intimate relationship to the earth, the crops they grow and animals they tend. (www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.) Engine’s mission is to foster and integrate the arts and design, education, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism as an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford. (www.feedtheengine.org.)
Also, funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.