Summer show showcases 'the stable'

Jul 21, 2014
“Little Moose Island 2” is a soft pastel on Arjomari paper by Jude Valentine.

Belfast — Since its 2013 expansion, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, 97 Main St., has used the term “stable artists” to refer to a growing group of artists who collaborate with the trust year-round in support of its mission of supporting farmers and protecting farmland.

This year’s “Summer Stable Show” runs through Aug. 18. The public is invited to the opening reception, during Belfast’s Final Friday Art Walk, July 25 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Fifteen stable artists are participating in this year’s show, which boasts a wide variety of media, from oil paintings to pastels; monotypes to woodblock prints; and sculpture and jewelry to mixed media collage.

Artists making a first appearance at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery include Leslie Anderson, a Blue Hill peninsula painter who studied under Dennis Pinette, Jon Imber, Tina Ingraham and Bjorn Rundquist, to name a few; Appleton’s Abbie Read, an artist well-known in the Midcoast for her stunning wall installation “Library”; and emerging artist Margaret Rizzio of Camden, who creates humorous assemblages from old clippings and artifacts with a wink to the 1940s and ‘50s.

Several other featured artists have exhibited before in the gallery, but this marks their first “Summer Stable Show.” Among these are Christopher O’Connor, a painter recently moved to Maine from Ireland whose style is reminiscent of late 19th-century pointillism; Lea Peterson from Georgetown, offering seascapes and landscapes in oil and pastel; and local artist Willy Reddick, whose white-line woodblock prints add a whimsical touch to this year’s selection.

Familiar favorites include farmer and jewelry maker Laurie Lofman Bellmore, printmaker Julie Crane, artist/farmer Leslie Harris, visionary sculptor Elizabeth Ostrander and accomplished painters Robin Rier, Charlotte Sawtelle, Leia Scotton, Jude Valentine and Sarah Wilde.

“The gallery functions as a way to engage people and raise funds for the Trust’s work, while celebrating agriculture through art. The Stable artists who work with us are proud that any sales of their work help to support a good cause,” said Anna Abaldo, gallery coordinator for Maine Farmland Trust.

The gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, it will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays July 25 (opening and art walk); Aug. 1, (artist Charlotte Sawtelle present); and Aug. 8 (artist Abbie Read present). For more information, visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

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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