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Open Studio Day at Fiore Art Center

Jul 20, 2018
Photo by: Susan Metzger The Marsh & Lane duo was founded after guitarist Anthony Marsh and cellist Robin Lane started working together at Rockland’s Midcoast Music Academy.

Jefferson — Belfast-based Maine Farmland Trust and the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center invite the public to an Open Studio Day Sunday, July 29, from noon to 3 p.m. at Rolling Acres Farm, 152 Punk Point Road.

The studios are currently occupied by this summer’s July artists-in-residence. There will be live music on the lawn by guitarist and cellist duo Marsh & Lane. Free coffee, tea and local ice cream will be served.

Thu Vu is an international resident from Vietnam. Thu graduated from Hanoi Fine Arts College and was an exchange student at Maine College of Art in Portland. She creates light sculptures made out of paper and natural materials. Her work has been exhibited throughout Asia, Europe and the United States.

Maxwell Nolin, a young emerging portrait painter, most recently made a living as an organic vegetable farmer. His portraits have often featured fellow farmers; however, he said, “I have yet to fully immerse my subjects in the natural landscape. This seems to be where my interest lies and where my work is heading.”

Jodi Paloni, the writer-in-residence, is working on her second book: a novel-in-stories, which takes place in the 1960s and ‘70s on a farm similar to the center’s Rolling Acres. The story tracks three Maine women from their girlhood to contemporary midlife.

Rachel Alexandrou, whose organic gardening experience spans a decade, is this year’s seasonal resident gardener. She lives on the grounds and grows produce for the residents. She currently is completing her bachelor’s degree in sustainable horticulture at UMaine, Orono, with a minor in studio art.

The Gallery at Rolling Acres will be open and is currently showing “Nature Observed: The Landscapes of Joseph Fiore,” featuring oil paintings and pastel drawings of the late artist and environmentalist. The mission of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is to actively connect the fertile worlds of farming and art creation. The center’s purpose is to continue and evolve the dialogue between human and environment within the context of our current culture and time. The Fiore Art Center is a program of MFT.

Located right on Damariscotta Lake, the Fiore Art Center is a good place for a fun family outing; visitors are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds for the day. Future Open Studio Days with new artists-in-residence will be Aug. 26 and Sept. 30. For more information, visit

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