A "Taste of Maine" Belfast Art Walk Planned for June 26th - Save the Date!

By Emily Baer
Photo by: Belfast Bay Shade Company Belfast Bay Shade Company is one of the galleries featuring homemade food by local farmers.

Belfast Creative Coalition welcomes everyone to the second Fourth Fridays Art Walk of the season on June 26th with a special art walk featuring the Maine Fare "Taste of Maine" from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.! Each gallery will have a special local offering, including local cheeses, crab, smoked salmon, jams and homemade ice cream. Check out the full listing below. Over 15 downtown galleries participate in the Fourth Fridays Art Walks in downtown Belfast, Maine. Look for the blue flags! Come and enjoy the paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, etchings, assemblage, and fine craft of local Maine artists. This Fourth Fridays Art Walk features new galleries, new locations, new artists, new musicians and local food from local farms! For more information visit BelfastCreativeCoalition.org.

NEW GALLERY Finch Gallery

Finch Gallery on 16 Main Street will have its Grand Opening on June 26th. The gallery showcases the oils of local artist Jerri Finch, as well as postcards, cards, and prints of her work. She has been working behind the scenes since winter, and is looking forward to opening her doors to the public. Gallery hours include Fri., Sat., Sun. from 2-7pm; Mon., Tues. from 2-6pm and by chance and appointment (207) 338-1060.

NEW LOCATION Quench: Provisions for the Savvy

On June 26 from 5:30-8pm, Quench: Provisions for the Savvy welcomes you to their new location at 33 Main Street, Belfast for the opening reception of Little Stories, assemblages by Axel Stohlberg (through July 21) and a chocolate tasting from Christopher Hastings Confections. FMI: www.quenchmaine.com

Co-op

On Friday, June 26 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Belfast Co-op Café, 123 High Street, there will be a free wine tasting of highlighted seasonal wines and the opening for "Winter White House", a photography exhibit by newcomer Deborah Stevenson, documenting the historically cold, snowy months of her first winter here; on display in the Café through late July.  Jack Scully of Easterly Wines will host this month's tasting with a focus on seasonal wines, along with Jaap Helder from the Co-op's wine department. Featured wines will be 10% off during the tasting; participants must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

Belfast Bay Shade Company

At Belfast Bay Shade Co., our lighting and fabric designs emerge directly from our experience of living here - with these folks, the creatures, plants and soil - and the activity of cultivating our small patch in Thorndike. We hope our illuminated print "lampshades" do a good job of celebrating this life we hold dear. We are delighted to share Village Farm’s spring veggies and Ewald Farm’s baked delicacies and dips here at Belfast Bay Shades on June 26th...just walk right up Main Street from the waterfront to the top of the hill and enjoy a spread of local food and design on the top floor of the Belfast post office.

Waterfall Arts

Waterfall Arts’ galleries will be open until 8 during Fourth Friday Art Walk. The photography show Far Up Close with work by Abe Goodale, Lou Garbus and Harlan Crichton is in the Clifford Gallery and artwork by the BRIDGE Art Club, Young People Connecting is in the Corridor Gallery.

Art Alliance Gallery

The artists of Art Alliance Gallery (AAG) have been highly productive over the winter filling their beautiful gallery space with lots of NEW work. Fresh and exciting fused glass, fish rubbings, paintings, barrel-fired pottery and woven rugs are now available to help you celebrate the new season.

Aina Moja

New inventory just in from Kenya. Fairly traded, hand made and one of a kind jewelry, baskets, carvings and clothing as well as housewares. Aina Moja is an artisan support project of Expanding Opportunities, 501©3 org; funding a children's home, feeding programs, and girl rescue in Kenya.

FEATURED EVENT “A Taste of Place”

For the first time ever, Maine Fare 2015 is pleased to present “A Taste of Place” in conjunction with Belfast Art’s Fourth Friday Art Walk on June 26th in Belfast, Maine.

Maine Fare celebrates the farms and fisheries vital to the future of food in our state. We also recognize that art and food, both key aspects of culture, have a lot to offer each other. With “A Taste of Place,” we wanted to combine the spirit of Maine Fare with the energy of Belfast’s thriving art scene, and have paired local food producers with each gallery for the evening’s art walk.

Beginning at the top of the hill: Belfast Bay Shade Company: baked goods from Ewald Farm and Table and spring veggies from Freedom Village Farm, Nautical Scribe Books: smoked seafood from Ducktrap River of Maine, Betts Gallery at The Belfast Framer: crab from Pemaquid Lobster & Seafood, Eat More Cheese: special wine and cheese tasting with local cheeses, Parent Gallery: local, gluten free crisps from the Maine Crisp company and goats milk cheeses from Appleton Creamery, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery: kefir samples and local ice cream from Toddy Pond Farm, Waterfall Arts: baked goods and hummus from Enchanted Kitchen at Firefly Farm and sauerkraut from Olga's Daughter's Foods for Vibrant Life, High Street Studio & Gallery: spring vegetables from Banner Farm with homemade chicken salad from Maine-ly Poultry, With Breath Puppetry: cooking with Chef Frank Giglio, Belfast Co-op: wine tasting and other local bites, Vinolio: special tastings from Grey Goose Gourmet an Cellardoor Winery, Belfast Harbor Artisans: jams and baked goods from Ewald Farm and Table, Art Alliance Gallery: homemade flaxseed crackers with rhubarb chutney, blueberry jam, and hot pepper jelly from Half Moon Farm, complement garlic and onion and Tuscan herb fresh cheese and lamb meatballs from Y Not Farm, Quench: Provisions for the Savvy: Maine-made and inspired chocolates from Christopher Hastings Confections, Fresh Cup Gallery: spring vegetables from Piecemeal Farm and complement samples of bratwursts from Springdale Farm, Front Street Pottery: sweet blueberry barque and blueberry tea (hot and cold) from Highland Organics, and finally Finch Gallery: spring radishes, beets, and garlic scape pesto from New Beat Farm, lemon dill water buffalo yogurt dip, buffalami, bufferoni and three flavors of fromage blanc from ME Water Buffalo Co. to be enjoyed with fresh bread form Plymouth Pond Farm and Bakery.