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Summer arrives in full color at MFT Gallery

May 31, 2019
“Gaia Meditation," an acrylic on ceramic by Elizabeth Ostrander.

BELFAST — Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) Gallery is exhibiting its annual Summer Stable Show starting June 3. This exhibition is a favorite with returning art-lovers and summer visitors alike. This is the gallery’s largest, most vibrant group show that showcases eleven Maine artists this year, whose work connects to agriculture, nature or environment.

André Benoit, Jr. is represented with his whimsical wooden assemblages of animals, while Julie Crane is showing a unique bison monoprint produced at the Tamerind Institute in New Mexico. MJ Viano Crowe is exhibiting works created with the intricate German paper-cutting technique called scherenschnitt. Elizabeth Ostrander is showing three of her painted, contemplative sculptures. Sara Gagan and Petrea Noyes are displaying unique images created with collage and oils or pigment inks respectively. Julie Cyr, Leslie Harris, Sheep Jones, Lou Schellenberg and Christina Thwaites – new to MFT Gallery this year - are exhibiting their vivid oil paintings in colorful hues, each with their own distinct styles.

The 2019 Summer Stable Show runs from June 3 through August 9, with artist talks Friday, June 28, at 5 p.m., followed by a reception and the town-wide Belfast Art Walk from 5:30 to 8 p.m. There will be a second Art Walk Friday, July 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main St., is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. More information can be found at

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