Hallowell, Maine — The Kennebec Valley Art Association has been awarded an Arts Visibility grant of $1,500 from the Maine Arts Commission in support of CSA:Community Supporting Arts, a project matching 14 artists with 13 CSA farms in central Maine. The Maine Arts Commission is an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information visit them online at mainearts.maine.gov.
The selected artists are busy creating art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, landscapes, challenges and ideals over the course of the 2012 growing season. The resulting work by all participating artists will be exhibited at the Harlow Gallery October 5-27, 2012. Additional exhibitions focusing on select artist groupings will take place at partner venues in and around central Maine from November 2012 to January 2013. The timing of the exhibitions is meant in part to help spread awareness about local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms as they begin recruiting new members towards the next season’s growing cycle. Interested individuals can learn more by visiting the project blogsite at csaart.org.
The partnering farms are all CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms. The way a CSA works is that people make a financial commitment to “their” farm by investing in a share of the produce at the beginning of the growing season. In return farmers are committee to producing for their members the freshest, most flavorful, highest quality food possible. Typically each CSA member gets a weekly delivery of produces from early summer through harvest. Community Supported Agriculture is a grassroots response to the growing social and environmental problems of our modern industrial food system.
According to Deborah Fahy, Executive Director of the Kennebec Valley Art Association and the Harlow Gallery, “Maine’s artist and farming communities have a lot in common, both are idealistic and creative groups, and both communities are key to Maine’s unique sense of place. At the Harlow, we believe that that artists can use the power of their artistic voices to effect social change – or in this case to promote and celebrate the local foods movement.“
The Kennebec Valley Art Association, a 501(c) membership based nonprofit, was founded in 1958 and opened the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell in 1963. Its mission is to connect and celebrate art, artists and community. For more information visit them online at www.harlowgallery.org.