Maine Farmland Trust Gallery presents “Taking a Stand”

“Garlic Scapes” by Lynn Karlin

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast presents “Taking a Stand,” featuring photographs of vegetables displayed elegantly on pedestals. “Taking a Stand: The Pedestal Series” with many recent photos by Lynn Karlin, is on exhibit from Friday, Sept. 28 through Wednesday, Nov. 14. There will be a public reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday Oct. 5 during the Belfast Art Walk, with local vegetable-inspired appetizers by Trillium Catering.

Lynn Karlin, fine art photographer formerly known for her images of country gardens, is on a quest to honor the vegetable. Her devotion was sparked three years ago when she met her first muse. “After bringing a particularly stunning cauliflower back to my studio from the Belfast Farmers’ Market, I placed it on a pedestal in an east facing window,” she relays. Pondering the obvious yet often overlooked beauty of her subject, Karlin began the mission of capturing the unique character of “The Vegetable.”

While the genre of still life goes as far back as the art of ancient Greek and Rome, Karlin gives this style a new twist. What is refreshing and captivating about Karlin’s photographs is their absolute simplicity, which allows the vegetables to speak for themselves. The gallery will be open on Sunday, Oct. 7 for a special opportunity to meet the artist. For more information, visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.