Maine Farmland Trust and the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center will host an Open Studio Day from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at Rolling Acres Farm, 152 Punk Point Road, in Jefferson. The studios are occupied by this summer’s July artists-in-residence. There will be music on the lawn by the guitarist and cellist duo Marsh and Lane. Free coffee, tea and local ice cream also will be served, according to a news release from the center.

Thu Vu, is an international resident from Vietnam. Vu graduated from Hanoi Fine Arts College and was an exchange student at Maine College of Art in Portland. She creates light sculptures made out of paper and natural materials. Her work has been exhibited throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S.

Maxwell Nolin, a young emerging portrait painter, most recently made a living as an organic vegetable farmer. His portraits often have featured fellow farmers; however, he writes, “I have yet to fully immerse my subjects in the natural landscape. This seems to be where my interest lies and where my work is heading,” according to the release.

Jodi Paloni, the writer-in-residence, is working on her second book: a novel-in-stories, which takes place in the 60s and 70s on a farm similar to the Center’s Rolling Acres. The story tracks three Maine women from their girlhood to contemporary midlife.

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. She is completing her bachelor’s degree in sustainable horticulture at the University of Maine, Orono, with a minor in studio art.

The gallery also will be open and is showing “Nature Observed: The Landscapes of Joseph Fiore,” featuring oil paintings and pastel drawings of the late artist and environmentalist. The mission of the center is to actively connect the fertile worlds of farming and art creation. The center’s purpose is to continue and evolve the dialogue between human and environment within the context of its current culture and time. The Fiore Art Center is a program of MFT.

Future Open Studio Days with new artists-in-residence will be Aug. 26 and Sept. 30.

For more information, visit mainefarmlandtrust.org, mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org or mainefarmlandtrust.org.

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