On View: Sept. 22 – Nov.10 at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast, Maine
Opening Reception: Fri., Sept. 22, 5-8pm (during Belfast artwalk)
Maine Farmland Trust, in partnership with the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Vallery Art Association, present CSA II – one of three exhibitions of work by 13 Maine artists who have been partnered with CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms throughout the 2017 growing season. Meet the artists and farmers at the opening reception on Friday, September 22, from 5-8pm with a gallery talk at 5pm. Maine Farmland Trust is located at 97 Main Street in Belfast; the exhibition is on view from September 22 through November 10, 2017. For more information about Maine Farmland Trust Gallery please visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/
Participating artists are: Ingrid Ellison of Camden, Helene Farrar of Manchester, Dylan Gifford of Kents Hill, Karen Merritt of Portland, Anna O’Sullivan of Portland, Tim Ouillette of Portland, Tyson Pease of Gardiner, Alyssa Phanitdasack of Portland, Jessica Rhoades of Thomaston, Susan Bartlett Rice of Walpole, Nicholas Runco of Oakland, Kris Sader of Orono, and Rebecca May Verrill of Portland.
During CSA II (Community Supporting Arts), participating artists have been visiting their partner farms regularly since 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.
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.
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
The Harlow Gallery, home of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, is a membership based 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.