“Hen Study” by Kerstin Engman
“Hen Study” by Kerstin Engman
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s new show, “I Went to the Animal Fair: Finding Common Ground,” features Belfast artist Kerstin Engman’s oil paintings on the first floor, with works by Andre Benoit, Frances Hynes, Leslie Moore and Julie Cyr on the second floor. The gallery is at 97 Main Street in Belfast.

Engman’s works for the show are inspired by the animals, goods, and people at MOFGA’s (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) annual Common Ground Country Fair. “Specific design elements and color are the foundation of my recent studies, incorporating repetition, swaths of color, grids, dots, angles, shapes, and overlaps,” she says of her work. 

On the second floor of the gallery are works from Andre Benoit, an abstract assemblist sculptor from Boothbay Harbor, who creates fanciful animal forms and iconic motifs with repurposed, painted and assembled wooden remnants. Frances Hynes, a New York artist with many ties to Maine, will display watercolors depicting simplistic farm landscapes with gamboling cows and paddling ducks. Rounding out the artists in the show are two from Belfast: Leslie Moore, with work including a stippled pen-and-ink drawing of pigs playing in a puddle, and Julie Cyr, whose oil paintings of animals reflect her inspiration in the wonder of daily life. 

“I Went to the Animal Fair: Finding Common Ground” opens Monday, September 10, and runs through November 2, with artist talks on Friday, September 28, at 5 p.m., followed by a reception and the Belfast Art Walk from 5:30 to 8 p.m.