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Belfast Creative Coalition

October 8, 2016

Cultivate BELFAST | BROOKS | MONROE

What is Cultivate? TOUR HQ: Waterfall Arts Maine Farmland Trust Gallery HOURS 10am-3pm OCTOBER 8TH CONTACT Emily Baer

207-323-8692

Free & Self Guided! Developed by the Belfast Creative Coalition, the Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm & Art Fall Tour highlights the richness of art, culture and agriculture in midcoast Maine. Throughout the day you will be able to visit artists working in their studios, watch demonstrations and learn how farmers are entrepreneurs creating artistic consumer products from what they cultivate! Sites are located in Belfast, Monroe, and Brooks all within a 30-45 minute drive from downtown Belfast.

Welcome! Thank you for joining us today! We’re looking forward to a great tour and so glad to be able to share it with you. Whether you are a local resident or visiting from away, we know you’ll leave feeling inspired and invigorated by the richness of creativity and community here in Waldo County. Now that you have checked in at our HQ site at either Waterfalls Arts or the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, the tour is yours to create. You are free to plan your route and organize your day as you please but we encourage you to visit as many sites as you are able! If you have any questions throughout the day, Emily and our team of amazing BCC volunteers will be available to assist you. #cultivate2016


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Why Farms & Art? Here in Waldo County we have a unique combination of farmers and artists. The farmers are creative and the artists keep a ‘hand in the dirt’. There are farmers that make fiddles or bring their creative visions to life on canvas. There are artists raising sheep, making cheese and harvesting. A love of place, embracing the handmade and being “local” are ubiquitous. This Tour aims to celebrate this universal spirit. Farmers and artists have much in common. Maine is a uniquely inspirational state where collaboration and neighborly networking are an everyday occurrence. Farming and art making are creative, responsive acts and in each the makers and cultivators are deeply involved in process. A connecting thread of creative energy runs through their hands, their hearts and their souls outward to touch others with what they produce. These entrepreneurs work on a small, human and local scale. Their work requires discipline and careful time management to create the fruits they share with you, their community.

The HQ phone number is 207-323-8692. If you like what you see today, please let us know! You can send us your feedback through the form available on our website at http://www.belfastcreativecoalition.org or via email to info@belfastcreativecoalition.org. There will also be a space at each site to leave notes specifically about your experience in that creative space; these notes will be collected and shared with the farmers, artists and organizations that have generously helped to make this event possible.

Enjoy! How to use this guide… On the following pages of this guide you will find a brief description of the tour sites and a physical address for your GPS. We have also included a map for steering you in the right direction but it is not a detail road map. Road signs will help guide you as you near your destinations as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the HQ phone number at 207-323-8692. Emily and our volunteers will be available to answer questions throughout the day. KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ROAD SIGNS THAT WILL GUIDE YOU TO EACH SITE! #cultivate2016


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October 8, 2016

TOUR SITES: BELFAST, BROOKS & MONROE

Belfast Bay Shade Company

1 Franklin Street, Belfast

Studio & Retail*

“We make durable and versatile fine art lampshades for ceiling hung drum pendants, standing floor lamps, table lamps, and wall sconces. Our handcrafted sensibility has been likened to American Folk and Arts and Crafts traditions while our designs are contemporary and our robust shade construction is made to last. We ink each of our handmade plates individually and print on etching presses with 100% archival materials to produce one-of-a-kind prints with motifs ranging from figurative to abstract, botanical to industrial.” *On site demonstrations by the artist

>> THIS SITE IS ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE POST OFFICE BUILDING

Dan Bennett

92 High Street, Belfast

Gallery & Retail*

"I became interested in stones and gems at an early age. Collecting with my Rock Hound family was always a big thrill. In my teens music became my passion. I traveled a lot with bands in the early 80's. While in Woodstock New York I tagged along with our singer to a small Boutique. A guy there made handcrafted jewelry. It was the first time I really noticed that sort of thing. His jewelry was simple, bold , and had lots of texture. It was different from what I'd seen in stores. That's what I wanted to do. And I have, ever since.”

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*On site demonstrations by the artist

Elwell Organic Fruit Orchard & Nursery

50 Elwell Road, Monroe

Orchard & Studio *

Elwell Organic Orchard & Nursery is an orchard of beautiful, young dwarf trees including apples, pears, Asian pears, peaches and plums. The orchard features pick-your-own fruit in season and all production supports a sustainable system founded on organic ideals. During Cultivate, guests will be able to walk through the extensive and unique orchard of dwarf grafted trees and pick ripe pears and apples to take home. Don’t forget to visit the sheep, and enjoy Ralph Elwell's paintings. *Pick your own apples & pears while visiting the Orchard!

Good Karma Farm

67 Perkins Road, Belfast

Farm & Studio

Good Karma Farm is a full-time working farm in Belfast on the coast of Maine. They raise alpacas and Icelandic sheep for fiber and breeding stock and spin their own yarn right there on the farm. Good Karma Farm is also the home of Carrabassett Soap Company, nearing its second decade of soapmaking. Make the trip out to the farm and visit with the animals, shop in the farm store and enjoy this special spot!

Janalee Welch

49 Robbins Road, Belfast

Studio

Janalee uses soft pastels on sanded paper and creates assemblages and collages from antique shop finds. #cultivate2016


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"I moved to Belfast from Farmington, ME two years ago. I love the coast and the colors here that inspire me. I have been painting with pastels for 25+ years and have always enjoyed their texture and brilliant color. Recently I have begun making hand made books, book assemblages, and collage using my own hand decorated papers and various ephemera I have collected over the years.”

Jerri Finch

33 Battery Road, Belfast

Studio

Jerri Finch “began her formal training at Trenton State College. From there she studied bronze sculpting and life drawing at the Philadelphia College of Art, and Montclair State College, as well Independent Studies in Santa Rosa, California. 2009-2011 founded her intensive study with Kerstin Engman, Advanced Color Theory and Advanced Oil Painting. Featured in DownEast Magazine, Fiber Arts, and American Craft Magazine, her work is held in private collections across the country, and in the public buildings including the Mc. PUC Building, the University of ME, MBNA, the State of Vermont, and AIG in Hamilton, Bermuda. In 2000, Finch shifted from creating intricate and technically demanding airbrushed fabric paintings - large both in size and scope - to exploring color and light in intimate oils. Finch is currently represented by the Elizabeth Moss Gallery in Falmouth, ME, and the Finch Gallery in Belfast. For the past 35 years, she has lived and painted in Belfast, Maine.” >> U-TURN AT STUDIO BUILDING. Enter and exit this site from the same road.

Kenny Cole

41 West Main Street, Monroe

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Kenny Cole’s art is intuitive, often political and reflects a clear fluency of contemporary issues within modern art. Kenny exhibits his work in Portland and mid-coast Maine, in New York, New Yoke. and internationally. He offers interactive paintings on canvas, gouache, ink and watercolor on paper and silk-screen prints. Kenny's art is a visionary mix with an activist inspired political thrust.

Kris Engman & Betty Schopmeyer

255 High Street, Belfast

Studio

Kris Engman's work is strongly influenced by nature, farms, and the environment. She says, "Being around farms and centering my work around things rural is a daily reminder and stabilizer. In a world that feels complicated and often insecure, a simple view of cows waiting at the gate to come in for the evening milking, or nudging a hen off her nest to claim an egg, somehow anchors one’s perspective of events in an important, direct way." Of her work, Betty says: “I fell in love with painting three years ago, after taking a color theory class with Kris Engman. Still studying, still experimenting, and still learning, I am having a wonderful time with color, shape, and design. My paintings aim for a place that is representational but not realistic…..sometimes based on photos and sometimes purely imaginary. It has been enormously rewarding for me to engage in the painting process, and I am very grateful to Kris and to the Belfast Creative Coalition for the opportunity to display some of my work.” >> THIS SITE IS ON THE SECOND FLOOR IN THE WATERFALL ARTS BUILDING

Lewis Cisle

243 High Street, Belfast

Studio

“Lewis Cisle is a complex artist whose artistic expression has both depth and range. His subjects reflect the contrasts of a small industrial town with the rural beauty of Southwestern Ohio, where he was born and raised… For the last decade or more, Lewis's work has focused on the worldwide environmental crisis, often using allegory as a means of expressing the reality of these issues. His work has always included a variety of animals, but most recently the emphasis has been on birds and dogs. Even these subjects have become more allegorical in his recent work. He has exhibited his bird paintings nationally, including several occasions in the prestigious Birds in Art exhibitions at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.” Lewis’ work can also be seen on display at the Belfast Co-op. >> THIS SITE IS ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE BUILDING, PLEASE USE CAUTION ON STAIR

MAINE FARMLAND TRUST

52 Main Street, Belfast

Gallery

|| CULTIVATE HQ || Maine Farmland Trust’s vision is of a gallery that captures the vibrancy of Maine’s farms and farmers, the intimate relationship to the earth and animals they tend – a gallery which celebrates agriculture through art. “Lynn Karlin’s much-awaited Tray Series is currently on display on the ground floor. Eight years ago Belfast’s own Karlin began a quest to honor even the humblest vegetables by elevating them, as she puts it, “to a place where they belong: on a pedestal.” Another artist who wants to treat his subjects in a way that reveals #cultivate2016


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both their importance and aesthetics is Unity artist and craftsman James Macdonald. His exceptional marquetry work – defined as the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure, in order to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures – will be shown on the gallery’s second floor.”

Mainely Pottery

181 Searsport Avenue, Belfast

Studio & Cooperative

"Mainely Pottery was started in 1988 by Jamie Oates, resident potter, and Jeannette Faunce, gallery manager and gardener. Our mission has always been to show people fine Maine-made pottery and to educate people about what is involved in creating handmade pottery. The friendships and the gardens which have developed over the years are the bonuses we’ve cultivated.” *Be sure to visit the studio & beautiful gardens behind the shop!

Marsh River Cooperative

5 Veterans Highway, Brooks

Agricultural Cooperative

“The Marsh River Cooperative was established in 2014 as a consumer and producer member agricultural cooperative and opened a retail storefront in August 2014. Its focus is on promoting and selling food and other goods produced within a 10-mile radius of the Co-op, at an affordable price. This radius serves a low-

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income, low-access area population and includes approximately 90 agricultural producers. As of April 2016, the Co-op has nearly 100 producer and consumer members.”

Parent Gallery

92 High Street, Belfast

Gallery & Retail*

The Parent Gallery is a collaborative gallery showcasing the work of Neal Parent, Keith Maynard and Joanne Parent, as well as rotating collections from other local Maine artists. Currently, the gallery also carries work by Joanne Parent, Dan Bennett, Keith Maynard, and David Jacobson. “For almost 40 years, Maine photographer Neal Parent has been photographing the coast of Maine, its people, places and coastline. Living in Belfast on the Maine coast has afforded him infinite opportunities to photograph Downeast’s scenic richness: landscapes, seascapes, boats, lighthouses and harbors.”

Susan Tobey White

149 High Street, Belfast

Studio & Gallery*

“Susan Tobey White defines herself as an artist and educator. As an artist she is best known for her colorful, energetic paintings of dancers which inspire smiles and laughter from the viewer. Scenes of impassioned dancers in crowded dance halls, swinging to their own rhythms summon nostalgic times and practically dance right off the canvas. From professional dancers to dancers at heart Susan’s work is continually praised for the feeling of well being it evokes. Her love of Maine and the area she lives is evident in her quieter paintings of landscapes, seascapes and paintings of people working and playing.”

Roots & Wings Farmstand

522 West Main Street, Monroe

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Farmers Becca Biggs and Sean James “began farming as a way to supply ourselves with real food. We enjoy providing, for ourselves and others, sustainable sustenance. It's our calling to grow the healthiest, happiest food possible.  We treat our animals with love and  deep respect, and we honor each individual life and species on our farm. We have a strong connection to animals and want to provide them with the best possible life they can have.   One with sunshine, stars, warm breezes, fresh grass, and everything else a c r e a t u r e o n  o u r p l a n e t d e s e r v e s  t o e x p e r i e n c e a n d t a k e p l e a s u r e i n . We u s e a n integrated  and  rotational  farming practice.  The largest  part of our focus is on the pasture. We know that providing animals with fresh pasture as well as pasture with fresh animals is key for a healthy farm life. “

WATERFALL ARTS

256 High Street, Belfast

Gallery & Event*

|| CULTIVATE HQ || Waterfall Arts is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) contemporary arts center located in Belfast and Montville, Maine. “Art education is our passion and our mission. We believe that creativity is life changing, whatever the age or skill level. To that end we put together a robust schedule of excellent art instruction and participation opportunities year-round. Waterfall Arts has a great printmaking studio equipped with traditional presses, but when artists want to make really big woodcut prints, they can go with the steamroller method. During the Cultivate Tour, Waterfall Arts will hold a big outdoor Steamroller Print Party as part of BCC's Cultivate Farm and Art Tour.”

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FAQs May I purchase art during the tour? Yes! It would be wonderful if you did but doing so is not a requirement. Artists will likely be able to process a payment on site but if that isn’t possible, they’ll have directions on how to do so (either at a later date or through a specific gallery). If I’m hungry, will there be food? Restaurants and cafes are not included on the tour but there are a handful of options along the way and in downtown Belfast. If you’re looking for a snack while on the tour, the Roots & Wings farmstand in Monroe will have some delicious local options and the Marsh River Cooperative in Brooks is also well worth a stop. Finally, the Elwell Organic Orchard & Nursery is a beautiful orchard with trees full of fruit to pick on site and take home. Are there any hikes nearby? Absolutely! And some beautiful ones at that. We’ll have a list of recreational opportunities listed on the tour map in addition to the tour sites so you can stretch your legs, take in the scenery, or even stop by a picnic. It will be prime leaf-peeping time on October 8th and we urge you to take advantage of Waldo County’s outdoor beauty! If I need assistance throughout the day, will it be available? Yes. We will be available by phone throughout the day at 207-323-8692. Or, stop by the Cultivate HQ at Waterfall Arts for tips, tour site descriptions or restaurant recommendations!

The Belfast Creative Coalition’s mission is to cultivate arts and culture to attract people and business to the Belfast area through coordination and promotion.

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Passy Rail Trail

Harbor Walk, Belfast ME

Enjoy a beautiful fall walk on the Passy Rail Trail exploring an urban pathway and its vibrant habitat along the Passagassawakeag River, and, look at how it fits into the current trend to create opportunities to explore, appreciate and conserve nature where we live. Northern Pond Nature Preserve

Monroe, ME

The Town of Monroe owns and maintains a nature preserve called the Northern Pond Natural Area. It is located on the western side of the Dahlia Farm Road in northern Monroe about 1.3 miles from the village. There is a primitive, unimproved parking area that provides parking for up to three vehicles, weather permitting. The preserve centers on Northern Pond, a 15 acre pond with an undeveloped shoreline. The pond ranges in depth from 10 to 14 feet. Canoers and kayakers can put in at the end of the parking area access road, although a short portage is required. There are three trails offering from easy to moderately difficult hiking. The length of the trails ranges from 800 feet long to 4,000 feet long. Swan Lake State Park

Swanville, ME

Swan Lake State Park is nestled on scenic Swan Lake. Visitors can enjoy swimming area with lifeguard supervision, picnic sites with grills and walking trails. Toilets and changing facilities are also available for use. For large gatherings, a private group shelter (fee charged) equipped with volleyball, horseshoes and a handicapped accessible toilet are available. Â McLellan-Poor Preserve

Herrick Road, Belfast, ME

Located on the Belfast/Northport town line, the McLellan-Poor Preserve offers beautiful trails that wind through unique terrain, crossing brooks in ravines before ascending to explore the rolling forested uplands. Much of the trail follows the edge of the Belfast Reservoir, providing many scenic views and opportunities for wildlife sightings.

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