Maine Farmland Trust brings Fiore to CIFF
Rockland — Each year, the Camden International Film Festival showcases several films made in Maine. This year, one is “Joseph Fiore — The Nature of the Artist,” which will be screened Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. Director Richard Kane from Kane-Lewis Productions will be in attendance.
In celebration of this CIFF world premiere, and of the late artist himself, an exclusive exhibit of Fiore’s work will be on display during the film festival. The art exhibit will be displayed at Orlando Johnson’s gallery Somewhere on Winter St., right around the corner from the Strand. The exhibit offers a wide collection of Fiore’s work, featuring art from the various periods of the artist’s life.
Joseph A. Fiore (1925-2008), a critically acclaimed vanguard New York artist in the 1960s, spent his summers in Jefferson. He began as an abstract painter, moving through several transitions in his life as an artist. He studied at Black Mountain College in North Carolina with Joseph Albers and Willem deKooning, and later taught there from 1949 to 1956. He also taught at the Philadelphia College of Art, the Maryland Institute of Design, the Parsons School of Design and the Artists for Environment Foundation.
The CIFF exhibit has been curated by Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast, with assistance from the Falcon Foundation in Damariscotta, holders of Fiore’s work. Maine Farmland Trust became involved with the work almost five years ago. The Fiores had been generous supporters of MFT during the artist’s lifetime and after he died, the trust, which then had just started a gallery as part of its outreach, was offered several landscape paintings as a charitable gift. In subsequent years, this gift expanded to more than 40 original works of art, which are gradually being exhibited and sold by Maine Farmland Trust Gallery to raise money for farmland protection. The first piece to be sold from this collection was purchased by the Alex Katz Foundation and gifted to the Colby College Museum.
In addition to this collection of predominantly landscape works, MFT has been given more than 70 pieces from Fiore’s Geological Works or Rock Paintings. These pieces are not to for the trust to sell but to re-gift to other Maine nonprofits with an environmental mission.
The CIFF exhibit will contain some of the landscape works given to Maine Farmland Trust, as well as a collection of works that are part of the Rock Paintings. The earlier works (1950s abstracts and drawings) and the later symbolical works are shown courtesy of Falcon Foundation.
The Fiore exhibit will be open at Somewhere on Winter St. Friday, Sept. 27, from 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 28, from noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Maine Farmland Trust’s Gallery Coordinator Anna Abaldo will be present during these hours to give a tour of the exhibit and answer any questions. To contact her, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or email@example.com.