Artists talk, reception Dec. 1

Art meets agriculture at MFT Gallery

Nov 27, 2017
The longtime collaboration of artist Bruce McAfee Towl and Checkerberry Farm’s Barbara and Jason Kafka has resulted in the current Maine Farmland Trust Gallery show. Pictured is Towl’s “Nancy Seeding.”

Belfast — The multi-media exhibit "In the INTERVAL between snowflakes," on view at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery through Jan. 5, illustrates that in a state like Maine, sometimes the greatest fruits of labor grow through friendship.

The public is invited to meet the artists and more during the Belfast Holiday Art Walk Friday, Dec. 1. Artist/Farmer Talks are set for 5 p.m. and the show’s opening reception runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition — part photography, part sculpture, part poetry — is a result of more than 25 years of friendship between artist Bruce McAfee Towl and farmers Barbara and Jason Kafka of Checkerberry Farm in Parkman.

"It all started … because Jason held out his hand and in his palm were the seeds for an entire crop of onions, and we said 'Let's make a book for the Common Ground Fair!' That's what got us started,” said Towl.

According to the artist, the exhibit celebrates the interval between snowflakes — raising organic fruits and vegetables on a rural Maine farm in the state's short growing season — and “aims to honor all those who 'bend' to raise food for many of us."

The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is downtown at 97 Main St. Regular 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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