Painting by Susan Bartlett Rice of Walpole, who is paired with Tarbox Farm of Westport Island.
Although in its early stages, the Community Supporting Arts (CSA II) project is now well underway. Plants are sprouting and ideas are forming. Artists are starting to visit their farms and develop their own bodies of work. We are thrilled to share a few images showing what some of our artists are working on. Stay tuned for future updates. For those of you on instagram, check out CSA II at @csa_community_supporting_arts.
About CSA II: In Late 2016, the Harlow Gallery announced 13 artist/farm partnerships for Community Supporting Arts (CSA II) project taking place across Maine in 2017. Participating artists 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, at Maine Farmland Trust’s gallery in Belfast and at Engine in Biddeford.
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