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.”
Community Supporting Arts will match ten Maine artists with ten CSA farmers in central Maine (within roughly 30 miles of Augusta). Artists and farmers get to know each other well over the course of the 2012 growing season and the ten selected artists will create art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, landscapes, challenges and ideals. The resulting work by all ten artists will be exhibited at the Harlow Gallery in October 2012. Additional exhibitions focusing on different artist/farmer pairs will take place at partner venues in central Maine 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.
Artists and CSA farmers interested in being considered for the project should click here for details, or contact us at 207-622-3813, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists working in a range of media, including but not limited to, painters and other 2D artists working in any media, printmakers, fiber-artists, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers and video artists, installation artists and performance artists are encouraged to apply.
Partnering farmers will be those operating CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) farms within roughly 30 miles of the state capital. The way a CSA works is that people make a financial commitment to “their” farm by investing in a share of the produce at tlhe 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.