"Coastal Study" by Christopher O’Connor | "Airs Over Portland" by Julie CranePopular Summer Stable Show at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery Brenda Bonneville, editor August 13, 2016 (Belfast, ME) “Lyrical” is a word that comes to mind when visiting the Summer Stable Show at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery. A favorite with returning art-lovers and summer visitors alike, this is the Gallery’s annual large group show, showcasing seventeen Maine artists this year, including Dahlov Ipcar. “What I love about this show is that it is often very painterly and eclectic,” says gallery curator Anna Witholt Abaldo. “It has a bright and colorful tone, with some surprising fresh additions this year.” “Transition” by Kathryn Shagas “Walking Onions” by MJ Viano Crowe “Goat Cart” by Petrea Noyes The Summer Stable Show 2016 is on view now and runs through September 16, with artist talks on Friday August 26 from 4:30 to 5:30, followed by a reception during the town-wide Belfast Art Walk from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Featured in the Exhibition The first floor features dynamic abstracts from a series on rhythms in nature by Belfast’s Kathryn Shagas, a larger-than-life Julie Crane woodcut print of a horse jumping over a city (with a wink to Chagall), and a beautiful collection of small coastal paintings by Portland’s Christopher O’Connor. Contemplative figurative work by sculptor Elizabeth Ostrander dialogues with the evocative paintings of Sheep Jones, another Belfast artist. Lou Schellenberg impresses with strong, imposing landscapes with vigorous compositions. New works by Julie Cyr, Petrea Noyes, Sarah Wilde and Leslie Anderson round out this collection. The second floor displays delicate watercolors by Margaret LaFarge: dirt roads curving through a landscape, evoking a real sense of stillness found in nature. Jude Valentine’s new pastels-over-monoprint, done after visits to the old orchard at Buckle Farm (Unity), speak with directness and energy – courageous use of color and line. MJ Viano Crowe, showing at MFT Gallery for the first time, brings her garden goddesses, made from intricate paper cuts. Sharon Yates, Robin Rier, Kathleen Perelka and prints by Dahlov Ipcar make up the rest of the show. Gallery Information MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street in Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the Gallery is open until 8:00 pm. More information can be found here. Maine Farmland Trust Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust, plesase visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org.