Exhibition on view: November 10 – December 16, 2017

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday 1pm-6pm, Saturday 11am-4pm

Opening Reception: Friday, November 10, 2017 from 5-8pm

BIDDEFORD, MAINE – Engine, in partnership with the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Vallery Art Association, presents CSA II – one of three exhibitions of work by 13 Maine artists who have been partnered with CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms throughout the 2017 growing season.

Meet the artists and farmers at the opening reception on Friday, November 10 from 5-8pm.  Engine is located at 128 Main Street in Biddeford; the exhibition is on view November 10 through December 16, 2017.

Participating artists and farms are: Ingrid Ellison of Camden (paired with Hope’s Edge Farm), Helene Farrar of Manchester (paired with Farmer Kev’s), Dylan Gifford of Kents Hill (paired with Wholesome Holmstead), Karen Merritt of Portland (paired with Crystal Spring Farm), Anna O’Sullivan of Portland (paired with The FarmME), Tim Ouillette of Portland (paired with Hancock Family Farm), Tyson Pease of Gardiner (paired with Tender Soles Farm), Alyssa Phanitdasack of Portland (paired with Sheepscot General Farm and Store), Jessica Rhoades of Thomaston (paired with Whatley Farm), Susan Bartlett Rice of Walpole (paired with Tarbox Farm), Nicholas Runco of Oakland (paired with KVCC CSA), Kris Sader of Orono (paired with Ripley Farm), and Rebecca May Verrill of Portland (paired with Frith Farm).

A special screening of a :26 minute film produced by Tim Ouillette of Portland will take place at 6:30pm. Live drawing by Tyson Pease and an outdoor projection onto Engine’s Marble Block by Nicholas Runco will also happen during the opening.

All the participating farms are Community Supported Agriculture (CSA farms). A CSA farm sells shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season. CSA II will use the power of art to promote the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming and of buying locally grown food. Our food industry is a critical key to a sustainable economy and the health and well-being of Maine citizens in an age of accelerating climate change.

CSA II is also on view at the Harlow Gallery located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell through December 2; and at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery located at 97 Main Street in Belfast from September 22 through November 10. For more information please visit harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.

Harlow Gallery is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963. We appreciate the support of our sister galleries, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast and Engine in Biddeford. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery celebrates agriculture through art, capturing the vibrancy of Maine’s farms and farmers—their intimate relationship to the earth, the crops they grow and animals they tend. (www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.)

CSA II: Community Supporting Arts has been made possible by support from Johnny’s Select Seeds, The Fahy Family, and by grant funding from Maine Community Foundation.

Contact: Allison McKeen, Harlow Gallery Marketing Manager, 207-622-3813, kvaa@harlowgallery.org