The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, 97 Main Street, Belfast, is featuring the Farm Tools Project, a collaboration between Fiore Art Center Residency alumni Sarah Loftus (2017) and Michel Droge (2018). The exhibit will be on display through April 10. There will be a closing reception on Friday, April 10, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with artist talks at 6:00.

Loftus and Droge explore the relationships between farmers and the land with a series of cyanotype prints of hand tools pulled from barns, fields and greenhouses at seven Maine farms. Last summer they built a portable wood and copper cyanotype kit with the help of Jack Manley, a boat builder in Warren, and traveled to small farms across the state with the box and a digital recorder. They spent time working alongside farmers to create images of tools. While the cyanotypes developed, the artists spoke with the farmers about their work, why they do it and where they see Maine farming and food headed in the future.

Like agricultural crops, the cyanotype images are produced with sunlight and water. By their very nature, the ghostly blue prints convey our delicate relationship with the natural world. They capture tools as extensions of ourselves, embedded with the history, challenges and resilience of Maine’s farmers.

The artists plan to self-publish a book that will include large-scale photographs of the cyanotypes, paired with text inspired by their conversations with farmers.