Artists + CSAs = ‘CSA II’ at MFT

Sep 15, 2017
Camden artist Ingrid Ellison’s “Still Frozen Spring,” an oil on panel, was painted in response to her collaboration with Hope’s Edge Farm in Hope.

Belfast — Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, in partnership with the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Valley Art Association, presents “CSA II (Community Supporting Arts),” one of three exhibitions of work by 13 Maine artists who have been partnered with Community Supported Agriculture farms throughout the 2017 growing season.

The public is invited to meet the artists and farmers at the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk opening reception Friday, Sept. 22, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The event will be preceded at 5p.m. with a gallery talk; Maine Farmland Trust is located at 97 Main St.

Participating artists and farms are: Ingrid Ellison of Camden, paired with Hope’s Edge Farm; Helene Farrar of Manchester, paired with Farmer Kev’s; Dylan Gifford of Kents Hill, paired with Wholesome Holmstead; Karen Merritt of Portland, paired with Crystal Spring Farm; Anna O’Sullivan of Portland, paired with The FarmME; Tim Ouillette of Portland, paired with Hancock Family Farm; Tyson Pease of Gardiner, paired with Tender Soles Farm; Alyssa Phanitdasack of Portland, paired with Sheepscot General Farm and Store; Jessica Rhoades of Thomaston, paired with Whatley Farm; Susan Bartlett Rice of Walpole, paired with Tarbox Farm; Nicholas Runco of Oakland, paired with KVCC CSA; Kris Sader of Orono, paired with Ripley Farm; and Rebecca May Verrill of Portland, paired with Frith Farm.

During “CSA II,” participating artists have been visiting their partner farms regularly since January, at the very start of this year’s growing season, creating art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work and landscape. The resulting body of artwork will be exhibited at three venues this fall: through Nov. 10 at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast; Oct. 27 through Dec. 2 at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell; and Nov. 10 through Dec. 16 at Engine in Biddeford.

In 2012, Harlow Gallery organized the first Community Supporting Arts project to connect Maine’s artist and farming communities, two vibrant and idealistic groups that are key to our state’s unique sense of place. The first CSA project was a huge success and the Harlow Gallery staff and volunteers are thrilled to bring it back for 2017.

All the participating farms are Community Supported Agriculture farms). A CSA farm sells shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season. “CSA II” will use the power of art to promote the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming and of buying locally grown food.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org. Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers and advance farming.

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

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