Maine Farmland Trust looks ‘Inside’

Apr 10, 2017
Margaret LaFarge’s “1800’s Farm House” is a watercolor.

Belfast — Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s “Inside View” of barns and farmhouses runs through June 23. There will be artist talks 5 p.m. Friday, May 26, followed by reception to 8 p.m. as part of Fourth Friday Art Walk.

Machias watercolorist Margaret LaFarge has lived in Maine since 1980, and the farmhouse interiors she depicts are primarily homes she has lived in “and so my paintings revolve around family, memories and history.”

An old box of photos took painter Tessa O’Brien on a trip down Memory Lane to a time in her childhood when her parents and their friends built a timber frame together. She started hunting down timber frames in Maine, and ended up meeting the people building them and hearing their stories. In her colorful paintings, the timber frame itself became a symbol for community, sustainability and craftsmanship.

With “The Inside View,” Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is aiming to show a variety of interior views of farms: old and new; still used for farming or transformed into an artist’s space; and the family’s kitchen table versus the cow’s barn. The group show includes oil paintings, acrylics, mixed media, drawings and photography by artists Julie Cyr, Kerstin Engman, Leslie Harris, DiTa Ondek, Susan Smith, Sarah Szwajkos, and aforementioned LaFarge and O’Brien.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main St., is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8 p.m. For more information, visit mainefarmlandtrust.org. Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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