Maine’s artist and farming communities are vibrant, idealistic groups, both key to the state’s unique sense of place. An upcoming show will help artists use the power of their work to effect social change. The Harlow Gallery plans to connect 10 Maine artists with 10 community supported agriculture farmers in central Maine (within roughly 30 to 40 miles of Augusta) for the 2012 growing season.

The selected artists will create art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, landscapes, challenges and ideals. Organizers are interested in hearing from artists working in a range of media including but not limited to painters and other 2D artists working in any media, print makers, fiber artists, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers and video artists, installation artists and performance artists.

Thanks to grant funding from the Maine Community Foundation and from the Davis Family Foundation, there will be some funds available on a needs basis to artists for whom cost of materials or framing may be a hardship. The resulting work will be exhibited at the Harlow Gallery in October, and additional exhibitions focusing on different artist/farmer pairs will take place at partner venues in central Maine November to January 2013. The timing of the exhibitions is meant in part to help spread awareness about local CSA farms as they begin recruiting new members toward the next season’s growing cycle.

Application deadline is Feb. 1. For application information for both artists and farmers, visit harlowgallery.org. Those who have any questions or who prefer a print version of the application should call Deb Fahy or Nancy Barron at 622-3813; or contact them by email at kvaa@harlowgallery.org.