November 2014 Note: The initial 2014 Project described below has come and gone. But the energy generated by this effort endures. RFS's onsite art gallery - inspired by the 2014 Farm/Arts Project - continues to host local art. And related events, such as a September 2014 visit from the students of the White Mountain School, continue to arise out of the Farm/Arts vision. Find the latest photos on the RFS Farms Arts Exchange 2014 blog.
Viewing our local farm and art communities as vibrant and central to the sense of place
This is a unique farm-inspired art project created by thirteen area artists and writers (and one school group) paired with local farms. Our goal is to investigate how humans' connection to the land is central to earth's restoration and our own survival. We will observe those who plant, grow and harvest - those who seem to understand the language of reciprocity between humans and the natural world. We will mine the stories of the farm to inform our work, believing that a close study of place will reveal broader truths.
We ask these questions:
- How can the local foods movement transform relationships between people, food and farms?
- What is our part in this process?
- Artists can use their voices, alongside farmers, to effect social change. What might that look like?
These artists and farmers will get to know one another during the 2014 growing season. Their work will culminate in an art exhibit & readings at Reversing Falls Sanctuary in late 2014. We hope that a series of talks by farmers and artists will emerge, as well as continuing community conversation. More here
ARTISTS/WRITERS etc. who will participate and FARMS they have chosen:
PATRICIA WHEELER, painter/assemblage, film with CAROLYN COE, writer, audio recorded Interviews
Valley of the Stars Farm/Bakery
GARY VENCILL, writer, playwright
Tapley Wasson Farm
EDWARD DUFRESNE, writer with LESLIE MOORE, painter, illustrator
CHRIS FARROW-NOBLE , writer, photographer
BROOKSVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ART CLASS group project
GAIL PAGE, writer, painter, illustrator with ANNIE POOLE, painter
Sweet Dog Farm
LYDIA CASSATT, pastel artist
SIRI BECKMAN, painter,
Deer Isle Hostel
CAROLYN CALDWELL, painter
Yellow Birch Farm
BEATRIX GATES, writer,
King Hill Farm
BARBARA JOY HARE, artist, writer, photographer
SHERRY STREETER, painter
Four Seasons Farm