The premise of this project is simple. The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell partnered 14 Maine artists with 13 CSA farmers in central Maine and asked them to get to know each other well over the course of the 2012 growing season. The artists are already creating art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, landscapes, challenges and ideals. Artwork by all the participating artists will be exhibited at the Harlow Gallery in October 2012. Additional exhibitions focusing on select artist/farmer pairs will take place at partner venues in central Maine between November 2012 and February 2013, including Maine Farmland Trust Art Gallery and the art gallery at Sheepscot General at Uncas Farm, with additional venues to be announced soon. The timing of all the exhibitions is meant in part to help spread awareness about local CSA farms as they begin recruiting new members for 2013.
Maine’s artist and farming communities are vibrant, idealistic groups, both key to our state’s unique sense of place, and the Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) believes that artists can use the power of their artistic voices to effect social change. Our partnering farmers are all operating CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in and around central Maine. According to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association website, Maine’s CSA community includes over 160 farms with more than 6,500 families investing in their local farms through the purchase of shares. FMI, harlowgallery.org