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A bountiful ‘Summer Stable’ at MFT

Jul 20, 2018
“Fish Walker 37” is an oil on Wood by Belfast artist Sheep Jones.

Belfast — The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s annual “Summer Stable Show” is a favorite with returning art-lovers and summer visitors alike. Participating artists will give talks Friday, July 27, at 5 p.m., followed by a reception and the citywide Fourth Friday Art Walk from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

This year, the large, vibrant group exhibition showcases 22 Maine artists whose work connects to agriculture, nature or environment. First-time exhibitors are Sara Gagan and Susan Sidwell.

The first floor features a large abstract mixed-media piece from a series on rhythms in nature by Belfast’s Kathryn Shagas; photographs of local landscapes printed on aluminum by Sarah Szwajkos; and small paintings titled “Artifacts” by Portland’s Christopher O’Connor. Also on view are figurative works by sculptor Elizabeth Ostrander; “Oracle,” an intricate scherenschnitt paper cut by MJ Viano Crowe; evocative paintings of Sheep Jones, another Belfast artist; Gagan’s oil and collage images of animals; John Arden Knight’s large acrylic paintings of water lilies and milkweed; paintings of landscapes and figures by Leslie Harris and Leslie Anderson; and Jude Valentine’s small pastels of the Downeast coast. Paintings by Leslie Bowman, Julie Cyr, and Sharon Yates round out the collection.

The second floor displays photography of Terry Hire, Lynn Karlin and Jim Nyce; oil paintings by Lou Schellenberg; DiTa Ondek’s paintings of fluttering laundry and Kathleen Perelka’s portraits of cultivated farm landscape; oils by Robin Rier; and Sidwell’s paper cut prints.

The “Summer Stable Show 2018” runs through Aug. 31. Regular gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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