Maine Farmland Trust created this gallery because we believe in farming, and because we are committed to its future. Our vision is of a gallery that captures the vibrancy of Maine’s farms and farmers, the intimate relationship to the earth and animals they tend – a gallery which celebrates agriculture through art. Founded in 2008, our gallery has increasingly become known as “a gallery with a mission.” It has attracted artists from all over Maine who share a love for our rural heritage and the earth’s well-being. We hope that through this gallery, more people will come to understand the promise of farming, and as a result, lend fervent support to our efforts to secure Maine’s agricultural future.
Roughly half of anything purchased at MFT Gallery goes to the local artist that made it, the other part to farmland preservation! (How’s that for a bang for your buck?)
For more information please contact our Gallery Coordinator Anna Abaldo at 338-6575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is a participant of Belfast’s Fourth Friday Night Art Walk.
Feeding Maine: Growing Access to Good Food
A photography exhibit by Brendan Bullock at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery Belfast. On October 2nd, from 5:30-8pm, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be hosting an opening for two new photo exhibits, which share the common theme of documenting hunger relief efforts in Maine. On the ground floor, the gallery will be showing Feeding Maine: Growing Access to Good Food. This exhibit features photos by photographer Brendan Bullock, accompanied by writer Annie Murphy’s captions. The series is a collaboration between Maine Farmland Trust and Good Shepherd Food Bank and seeks to document some of the many people working for change in our communities across the state, with the hope that these efforts will continue to grow into a resilient food system that serves all Mainers.
On the second floor, Unity College student Ru Allen will be making her debut with Harvesting Unity, a collection of photographs portraying the volunteers and program leaders of Veggies For All, a food bank farm in Unity. Allen shares: “Alternating between camera to my eye and hands in the earth, I attempted to capture as much of the growing process from start to finish in one growing season. What I was naturally drawn to, however, were the suspended moments in places that were easily overlooked.”
As part of this exhibit, Sara Trunzo, director of Veggies For All, will be giving a presentation on “How one community fights hunger with a food bank farm” on October 6 at the Belfast Free Library, from 6:30-7:45pm.
Veggies For All (VFA) is a food bank farm located in Unity, Maine that works to relieve hunger by growing vegetables for those in need, while collaborating with partners to distribute and increase access to quality and nutritious food. Since their founding in 2007, VFA has provided 108,000 pounds of vegetables to over 1,500 food-insecure, central Mainers and engaged hundreds of volunteers in thousands of hours of community-based hunger relief. VFA became a project of MFT in 2014.
Brendan Bullock is a freelance photographer and photography educator based in Bowdoinham. While most of his work is focused in Maine, he travels to make documentary pictures throughout the world, including South America, Europe, Africa, and India.
Both photography exhibits will be on display until November 16. For a list of upcoming exhibits, visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/feeding-maine-exhibit. If you are interested in bringing the exhibit to your community, please email email@example.com.
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9-4. In addition, the gallery will be open on October 23rd, 5:30-8pm for the Friday Art Walk. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org
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 art in agriculture, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org