The Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance has received a gift of the Joseph Fiore painting titled “Septenary” and offers it to public view by lending it to local businesses.

The painting came to the Alliance through Maine Farmland Trust, via the Falcon Foundation. Fiore’s family created the Foundation, which gave a large collection of his Rock Paintings to Maine Farmland Trust to distribute among organizations throughout Maine that appreciate the natural environment. SWLA has been selected as one of the first recipients.

"We are so pleased to be able to provide this gift to the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, because this group clearly shares Joe Fiore’s love of nature” says Maine Farmland Trust’s Anna Abaldo.

Fiore was a contemporary of Alex Katz, Lois Dodd and Bernard Langlais. His work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, Corcoran Gallery and the National Academy, among others. While he divided his life between New York City and Jefferson, his key inspiration was always the natural world. Fiore was an avid supporter of both SWLA and the Maine Farmland Trust during his lifetime.

“It is a pleasure to care for and share this stunning painting. We look forward to using the artwork to inspire a deeper relationship with nature by lending it to local community partners” said SWLA Executive Director Anna Fiedler.

SWLA is a nonprofit land trust conserving land and water in the upper Sheepscot River region. Established in 1991, SWLA maintains 20 miles of publicly accessible trails, protects more than 1,500 acres of land and sponsors educational talks and hikes throughout the year. Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide organization that protects farmland and advances the future of farming.

The piece will first be available for public viewing and on loan to Worth Real Estate at 118 High St. in Belfast through April. For more information, call SWLA’s office in Liberty at 589-3230; check out its Facebook page; or visit swlamaine.org.

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