“Listening to the Land: Select Works of Joseph A. Fiore and Jaap Eduard Helder”


Joseph A. Fiore, “Y-fall”

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast invites the public to an Opening Reception 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, July 13 for “Listening to the Land: Select Works of Joseph A. Fiore and Jaap Eduard Helder.”

This exhibit brings together two artists whose work flows from keen observations of the landscape directly around them; two artists whose sensibility of rhythm, line, color and form is apparent in the dynamic harmony emanating from their compositions. It appears as though they each have an innate ability to be “listening to the land.”

Fiore (1925-2008) was a Black Mountain College alumnus and teacher, and a critically acclaimed vanguard New York artist in the 1960’s. He later spent his summers in Jefferson, Maine. Helder is a Dutch-born artist living in coastal Maine, who is beginning to generate statewide and national acclaim with his collage-like abstract landscapes.

During his lifetime, Fiore generously supported the work of Maine Farmland Trust. Today, through Fiore’s art, the Fiore family continues to support Maine Farmland Trust in its mission to preserve Maine’s farmland forever. Close to forty pieces have been donated to Maine Farmland Trust with this very mission in mind – around a dozen of which are part of this exhibition.

More information about Joseph A. Fiore and Jaap Eduard Helder can be found at mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org. Any purchase of art from this exhibit will contribute to farmland protection in Maine. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main Street in Belfast, and is open M-F from 9-4, as well as during Belfast Art Walks every Friday in July and August.