(Belfast, ME) This past summer, Maine Farmland Trust’s Fiore Art Center offered four virtual residencies. Instead of working at the beautiful Rolling Acres Farm at the in Jefferson, Maine, the residents worked from their homes, farms, gardens and studios. Through April 9, 2021, the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery website will host an online exhibit of the residents’ work.

About the Artists

Maryland performance artist Katie Addada Shlon used natural sounds and instruments assembled from pottery shards and other discarded materials to depart from traditional forms and structures. Her goal is to reframe our experience of music, connecting ideas of regenerative agriculture and performance in nature.

Kentucky photographer and videographer James R. (Rob) Southard shared images from his ongoing photography series, The Kentucky Farmer, which documents farmers of all kinds in his home state. His photographs record rural landscapes and studies of everyday agricultural life.

Maine non-fiction literary artist Margot Anne Kelley shared writings from her essay about seeds and seed-saving, with added exploration of some of the odd connections between seeds and viruses in Germ Lines. Her work ranges from habits of ancient hunter-gatherers and plantings in Roman herb gardens to writings from Henry David Thoreau.

Literary artist Sophie Kelmenson, presents video excerpts from her dissertation Challenges To and Challenges from Scale in Alternative Food Systems, exploring the promise of using alternative food systems as a mechanism for sustainable economic development.

Virtual artist talks for the exhibit which are open to the public will be Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm. The artists share their work through Zoom and describe their processes, challenges and achievements during their residencies. RSVP here.

About Maine Farmland Trust Gallery/Maine Farmland Trust

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street in Belfast, is not currently open to the public due to COVID-19 precautions. Our exhibits can be found online by visiting our website. For more information, please visit mainefarmlandtrust.org/gallery.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance the future of 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, please visit mainefarmlandtrust.org.

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