This year’s Summer Stable Show runs from August 28 through September 25, and boasts a wide variety of media—from oil paintings to pastels, photography to mixed media collage, even jewelry. The public is invited to the opening reception, which falls on the evening of Belfast’s Fourth Friday Art Walk, August 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Over a dozen established Stable Artists will be participating in this year’s show: Leslie Anderson, Laurie Lofman Bellmore, Leslie Harris, Terry Hire, Dahlov Ipcar, Margaret LaFarge, Christopher O’Connor, Abbie Read, Robin Rier, Margaret Rizzio, Charlotte Sawtelle, Jude Valentine and Sarah Wilde.
In addition, the Stable Show includes a few guest artists: Judy Belasco, courtesy of Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth; and Jo M. Orise and Daniel Paulding, two emerging artists showing at the Trust for the first time. Finally, there will be several pieces of art work by two other Stable Artists, donated to the Trust in full: one piece by Lou Schellenberg (a donation by the artist herself), and several pieces by Sheep Jones (a donation by a generous patron).
Two painters will be highlighted in the 2015 Stable Show: Robin Rier and Leslie Anderson.
Robin Rier lives on the coast in Jonesport, Maine. Her oil paintings, executed with soft tones and swift, effortless brush strokes, carry a quality of gentle tranquility. Says Rier: “The scenery here provides endless opportunities for interpretation. Working on location is an invigorating and spiritual experience for me.”
Leslie Anderson, who divides her time between the city of Portland and the more rural Sedgewick, ME will be showing a body of work inspired by her husband’s flower farm. Whether out-of-doors or in her studio, Anderson’s artistic concerns are the same: juxtaposing light and dark, invoking pattern and repetition, and layering sumptuous, harmonious color.
The opening reception for the Summer Stable Show will also include book signings by two Maine authors who have recently published books about farming in Maine. Get Back, Stay Back: 2nd Generation Back-to-the-Landers by Joseph Conway captures the vibrancy of the children of the back to the land movement, who like their parents, have chosen to put down roots as farmers and homesteaders in rural Maine. Peter Felsenthal’s New Growth celebrates Maine’s small, organic farms with in-depth profiles and lush photographs of six Mid-coast farms. Both authors will be present to sell and sign their books.
The gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9-4. In addition, the gallery will be open on the following days for the Friday Art Walk: August 28 and September 25, until 8 p.m. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org