Untitled, seaweed, copper and embossed paper by J. E. Paterak
Untitled, seaweed, copper and embossed paper by J. E. Paterak
Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm, 152 Punk Point Road in Jefferson, will host a free, family-friendly open studio day on Sunday, August 25, from noon to 3 p.m., featuring refreshments and live music by the jazz ensemble The Extension Chords.

Visual artists J. E. Paterak and Genevieve Cohn and poetry resident Michelle Menting will be opening their studios. New this year is the recently renovated Fiore Wing, which now stores most of the remaining artwork by Joseph Fiore. During Open Studio Days, the archives will be open and accessible to the public.

Paterak is an artist with childhood ties to Jefferson; she is building a body of work called “Intimate Universe.”

Cohn is a painter and educator living in Boston. Originally from a small town in rural Vermont, Cohn ’s work considers the relationship among women, community and nature.

During her residency, Maine poet Michelle Menting will focus on themes of migration, interconnectedness, adaptation and how these ideas pertain to wildlife, farming, permaculture and climate.

Laurie McDonnell, this season’s resident gardener,  intends to cultivate her writing practice as she tends the gardens at Rolling Acres Farm.

The Extension Chords have performed at events across midcoast Maine since they began attending Camden Hills Regional High School. Owen Markowitz plays drums, Katherine Bowen electric bass, and Myles Kelley keyboard.

For more information, email program co-director Anna Witholt Abaldo at anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org or call 338-6575.