September Open Studio Day at Fiore Art Center, Rolling Acres Farm

Clif Travers working in his studio

On Sunday, September 30th from 12-3pm, join Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) for this season’s last Open Studio Day at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm in  Jefferson. Come meet September’s artists-in-residence and view their work. There will be live music on the lawn by high school jazz-trio The Extension Chords, consisting of Myles Kelley, piano; Katherine Bowen, bass; and Owen Markowitz, drums. Free coffee, tea and local ice cream will be served. The resident gardener will offer hourly garden tours of the Center’s garden and the performing artist-in-residence will be sharing video and performance created during the residency, in response to the site.

Visual arts resident Clif Travers embraced the space offered at Rolling Acres Farm by building an 8 x 6 foot panel with reclaimed wood, which became the ground for a giant mosaic tree.

Carol Douglas, “Clary Hill”, watercolor on Yupo, 35×23”


Plein-air painter Carol Douglas took full advantage of the landscape at Rolling Acres Farm by alternating between painting with oil on panel one day, and watercolor on yupo (a synthetic, water-resistant paper) the next – a challenge which led to some very exciting experiments with texture and color.

Performing arts resident Heather Lyon spent much of her month in the lake at the end of the farm fields, performing and shooting video at dawn. She worked to deepen her connection to the lake, simultaneously a force and a site, capable of holding an exploration of grief and transformation.

Rachel Alexandrou, whose organic gardening experience spans a decade, is this year’s seasonal resident gardener. She lives on the grounds and grows produce for the residents, and is a talented and knowledgeable forager, as well as an artist and musician.

The Gallery at Rolling Acres will also be open and is currently showing Nature Observed: The Landscapes of Joseph Fiore, featuring oil paintings and pastel drawings of the late artist and environmentalist. The mission of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is to actively connect the creative worlds of farming and art making. The Center’s purpose is to continue and evolve the dialogue between human and environment within the context of our current culture and time.

The Fiore Art Center is a program of Maine Farmland Trust. Located right on Damariscotta Lake at 152 Punk Point Road in Jefferson, the Fiore Art Center is a perfect place for a fun family outing – bring a picnic and enjoy the Center’s grounds for the day.

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