After a successful gallery season in 2009, the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery,  97 Main St., is launching a new year with a provocative exposé. Through April 19, “Food for Thought 2” offers a taste of last fall’s exhibit “Food for Thought, Time for Action,” curated by Maine Farmland Trust and held at the Ethel H. Blum Gallery at the College of the Atlantic.

There will be an opening reception with the featured artists with locally produced refreshments Saturday, Jan. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Maine Farmland Trust created the original multimedia exhibit as a visual commentary to a conference on sustainable food systems hosted by the College of the Atlantic last October. To assemble that exhibit, Anna Witholt Abaldo, who operates the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, looked at artists throughout the state.

“What I wanted is a mix of art that is hopeful, celebrating sustainable food, farming and fisheries, as well as art that is provocative, making people think about the delicate balance on our planet and our current food culture — even warning viewers about the inevitable consequences of nonsustainable food systems,” Abaldo said.

The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery offers a taste of that thought-provoking show, which was a highlight of the trust’s 2009 gallery season. Featured in “Food for Thought 2” are Susan Camp, Kenny Cole, Robert Shetterly and Barbara Sullivan.

Camp’s manipulated gourd forms comment on her concern and fascination with the changing practices of food production. Inherent in this investigation is an examination of the cultural desire for control and one-size-fits-all solutions — and the destructive tendencies of these proclivities.

“I conceived of a motif of women and weapons, as a provider/defender archetype and went on to discover the violence associated with agriculture in certain parts of the world, taking into account the role gender, politics and international interests play,” Cole said of his ink drawings.

Shetterly will show three acrylic portraits from his ongoing series “Americans Who Tell the Truth.” He recently has been focusing on issues about food, health and sustainability; this show will feature his portraits of Florence Reed, Michael Pollan and Alice Waters.

Sullivan’s bas-relief frescoes in this show speak to where food originates and how and where people eat it. She questions how current food is farmed, what is in it (particularly high fructose corn syrup) and what is in people’s shopping carts.

More information on the artists, the original exhibit and the current show can be found at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery celebrates art in farming and offers a visual testimony of the many faces and facets of Maine agriculture. Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide organization that strives to keep Maine farmland in farming.

For more information, contact gallery coordinator Abaldo at 338-6575 or via e-mail to Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.