In honor of all farm animals and those who love them, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will devote the month of June to a group show titled “Hooves, Fur and Feathers.” This whimsical farm animal exhibit will feature works by Elizabeth Fraser, Leslie Harris, Beth Henderson, Holly Meade and Willy Reddick, all female artists from Maine.

The public is invited to a First Friday opening reception June 3 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The show will remain on display until July 18.

In the minds of young people, the word “farm” always conjures up images of cows, pigs, chickens, horses, goats and sheep. Many of the art works on display by Harris and Meade are works that have been created as illustrations for children’s books. Harris, who lives on a farm herself, has a very playful way of portraying goats and chickens with her gelatin monoprints; and Meade, well-known for her woodblock prints, renders bold portraits with strong lines, both of farm animals and other species that have made their home on the farm.

Fraser, featured at the MFT gallery in last year’s “Guardians” show, is a spirited and disciplined daily painter and pet portrait artist from Portland. She described herself as a huge animal lover who loves “the spirit and sweetness of the animals and always enjoy a visit to a farm.”

Reddick, one of the founding artists at Belfast’s Åarhus Gallery, also has previously exhibited at the MFT Gallery. Reddick is well known for her meditative images of sleeping dogs and cats on busy, vibrant patterns and regularly exhibits in galleries and museums around New England. Her work also is in the collection of the New Bedford Whaling Museum as well as in countless private collections.

Belfast’s Henderson is an innovative sculptor who previously exhibited two-dimensional works as part of an exhibit on bees. This time, Henderson created a close-to-life-size cow, among other sculptures, which she blessed with no less than 60 names. Farmer Dan Tibbetts of Windsor has about 125 “girls,” as he likes to call his cows, and judging by Henderson’s sculpture, he has given them some pretty interesting names including Iraq, Al and Quaida.

Tibbetts appears in one of the eight ‘Meet Your Farmer films, produced by Maine Farmland Trust, said gallery coordinator Anna Abaldo, “and his personal connection with his animals is very apparent.”

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, 97 Main St., is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about MFT, a statewide non-profit organization working to permanently preserve and protect Maine’s agricultural lands, and to keep Maine’s farms farming, visit

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