From May 15 through June 19, the exhibit Hoofs, Roots and Wings will be on display at the gallery, with a public reception during Belfast’s first Art Walk of the year, Friday May 22nd from 5:30-8pm.

On the ground floor, Sheep Jones takes center stage with her playfully executed oil paintings. Her rich pictoral language, as the title of the show suggests, speaks of roots and wings, blossoms and soil.  Christopher O’Connor’s blossom paintings – light petals against a bright blue sky traversed by two imposing dark branches – immediately elicit a flashback to Van Gogh (how could they not?).  Jones’ oils and O’Connor’s acrylics are paired with work by three other Maine artists: Jimmy Creighton, Susan Camp and Elizabeth Ostrander. Creighton’s work consists of large, elegant silhouettes of trees, created with silver leaf on glass.Susan Camp created her series of small pieces by working with plants cultivated and gathered in the fields and woods near her home. Elizabeth Ostrander’s sculptures match the playful tone of Sheep Jones’ imagery. Rabbits born from ceramic clay and finished with acrylics are given near-human facial expressions, showing off their individual personalities.

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 anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org.

www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org

The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is a participant of Belfast’s Fourth Friday Night Art Walk.

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