Collaborative Portrait Project: Farmers’ Edition

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Taryn & Ben photographic portrait Allison McKeen

The Collaborative Portrait Project: Farmers’ Edition opens January 16 at the Danforth Gallery in Jewett Hall on Campus at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), with a reception and farmers market from 5 – 7 pm.  The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. On display will be ten large-scale portraits of local organic farmers produced collaboratively by students from nine area high schools and one elementary school, the result of a community arts project led by UMA adjunct Art Professor Susan Bickford with support from the Harlow Gallery and the University of Maine at Augusta, funded in part by a grant from the Oak Grove School Foundation. Under Bickford’s leadership, 222 student artists 10 teachers, and ten organic farms from Central and Midcoast Maine – Breman to Winthrop, Camden to Gardiner – have directly participated in the project, with project photography by Allison McKeen of Gardiner.Those in attendance will have the opportunity to witness the magic of community-based art in practice as each portrait is assembled on site. The Collaborative Portrait Project: Farmers’ Edition will be on view from January 16 to February 21.

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