Georges River Land Trust and K2 Family Foundation are accepting applications for 2015, the second year of their artist in residence program. The artist-in-residence program offers professional visual artists, performing artists and writers the opportunity to pursue their artistic disciplines while being inspired by the Georges River watershed’s extraordinary landscapes.

Georges River Land Trust was founded in 1987 with a mission to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed. Such a mission encourages a sustainable connection between land and people. As part of its own mission, the K2 Family Foundation seeks to foster sustainability and to create opportunities for artists whose work incorporates scientific awareness and concerns.

Artists have long been inspired by the natural beauty of Maine, and the Midcoast has a particularly long and strong tradition of place-inspired art making. The application period for the artist-in-residence program runs to Jan. 1. Information on the program and an application are available at or

“Response to the program has been fantastic, with artists of a variety of disciplines applying,” said Gail Presley, executive director of Georges River Land Trust. “We’re excited to again partner with the K2 Family Foundation to sponsor an artistic residency to explore the St. George River and its watershed.”

During the residency, the artist will have access to many of the Land Trust’s holdings as a resource for creating new site-inspired or site-specific work. Artists are asked to make themselves available to the public during their residency in a variety of ways. Depending upon the artist’s medium, such visitor contact might include a guided walk, workshop, hands-on participation in a project, etc. Formal public presentations will consolidate the artist’s relation to the community and celebrate the efforts being undertaken by both the artist and the Land Trust. Documentation of the project will memorialize the artist’s experience.

For more information, visit or call 594-5166.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or