The Kennebec Valley Art Association and the Kennebec Local Foods Initiative have announced the artist-farmer partners selected to participate in “CSA: Community Supporting Arts.” Included are Kerstin Engman of Liberty, partnered with Treble Ridge Farm in Whitefield; and Petrea Noyes of Lincolnville, partnered with Crescent Run Farm in Bremen.

The premise of this project is simple — partner 14 Maine artists with 13 CSA farmers in central Maine and ask them to get to know each other well over the course of the 2012 growing season. The artists are already creating art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, landscapes, challenges and ideals. Artwork by all the participating artists will be exhibited at the Harlow Gallery in October.

Additional exhibitions focusing on select artist/farmer pairs will take place at partner venues in central Maine between November and February, including Maine Farmland Trust Art Gallery in Belfast and the art gallery at Sheepscot General at Uncas Farm, with additional venues to be announced soon. The timing of all the exhibitions is meant in part to help spread awareness about local CSA farms as they begin recruiting new members for 2013.

“CSA: Community Supporting Arts” is a project of the Kennebec Valley Art Association in partnership with the Kennebec Local Food Initiative. The Kennebec Valley Art Association is a 501(c)3 membership-based arts organization that has owned and operated the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell since 1963. The Kennebec Local Food Initiative is an organization based in Gardiner that strives to strengthen community food security through access, education, information and advocacy. “CSA: Community Supporting Arts” has been made possible by grant funding from the Maine Community Foundation and from the Davis Family Foundation.


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