Throughout 2015, photographer Catherine Frost travelled to Maine farms all across the state, visiting those with their own special livestock. From alpaca to water buffalo to turkeys and rare breeds of horses, each month showcased new faces. The best photographs will be featured in a show at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery from January 8 through March 25, 2016 called “The Faces of Farms.” An artist reception takes place on March 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Frost writes of the Belted Galloways of Mitchell Ledge Farm in Freeport, “I visited Mitchell Ledge three times in two months and each time, each day the temperature was below freezing. One day it was snowing furiously and the other had dangerously low wind chill temperatures. Covered with their dense, curly coats, none of the herd seemed to mind. To them it was just another day in the life on the farm – chewing, meandering, scratching, sleeping and being nonchalantly curious about what I was up to jumping fences, crossing their well-beaten paths and squirreling into their cozy spaces.
More than the belt, I am taken with their ears and eyelashes. I want to snuggle each one as though it is an enormous, gentle puppy. When their fuzzy Dr. Seussian ears catch the sunlight, it’s magical. And the closer I get, the more they flirt with their big baby brown eyes. I get just a bit closer. Thankfully, they don’t seem to mind.”
Frost is an avid animal, outdoor and photography lover. Her vocation is to provide creative and marketing services to small, socially responsible companies that are lead by passionate entrepreneurs. She has worked with several Maine farmers including North Star Sheep Farm (Windham), Balfour Farm (Pittsfield), Aurora Mills and Farm (Linneus) and Norumbega Farm (New Gloucester). Her home is in Freeport, where she lives with her dog, Daisy.
On the ground floor, visitors can enjoy a whimsical collage of photo prints, submitted by Maine Farmland Trust’s members and followers: personal snapshots of favorite farm animals by farmers and farm lovers all around the state.
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main Street, Belfast. For more information, visit http://www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org