Revernd Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir “are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters and Earth loving urban activists who have worked with communities all over the world defending community, life and imagination.”
Photographer, Rose Marasco, has developed a large collection of photographs of the aging Grange halls of Maine. The halls in her photographs are at once regal relics of the past and a little spooky, leaving us both nostalgic and slightly unsettled by their slight disrepair. See a sampling of the collection on her website.
A limited number of signed exhibition catalogues are available and includes essays by Frank Gohlke, photographer and Elspeth Brown, historian. To purchase a copy for $20. + $5. shipping. Please contact Rosa at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like one.
Calling all farm crews and musical historians!
Saturday October 17th, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm $10-$20 suggested donation
Bring a tent and gather ’round the campfire to sing songs and make friends.
Sunday October 18th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, FREE to all farmers
“People throughout time and across cultures have used song to bring joy, efficiency and connection to their work alone and with others. The hope of this workshop is to re-awaken this inherent joyous and wise practice and what a better place to do so then in relationship growing, harvesting and processing wholesome food! Farm crews are especially encouraged to come to the workshop together and bring songs and inspiration back into their own fields. Individuals and families are also encouraged to come and help rekindle and experience the joy of work when done in “harmony!”
Next week, in conjunction with its current exhibition Eyes on the Land, the Shelburne Museum in Vermont is holding a Working the Land Symposium. From 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 10, regional scholars will present on the histories, stories, archeology, and symbolism of the working landscapes of New England. These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion by the artists featured in the exhibition.
If all of this cold back-to-school weather has given you a hankering to get your academic on, you can buy tickets here. The cost is $50 for General Admission; $45 for Museum Members; and $15 for Students. For additional questions please contact email@example.com or call 802-985-3346, x3392.
Much more information on the event and the organization can be found on the museum’s Facebook page.
WASSAIC, N.Y. — When Bowie Zunino is interviewing candidates for residencies at the Wassaic Project, she spends a lot of time trying to talk them out of coming.
“I tell them, it’s rough,” she said. “Your studio will be in a barn. If there’s tons of water outside, chances are there’s going to be a bit of water inside, too. It’s all about managing expectations.”
Floods, freezes, vintage (and minimal) sanitation: Ms. Zunino and her collaborators have endured much since the Wassaic Project’s beginnings nearly seven years ago as a weekend arts festival held in an old grain elevator and mill here, and conjured up by Ms. Zunino, now 32, Eve Biddle, a friend and art partner from the Rhode Island School of Design, and Elan Bogarin, a filmmaker.
But despite her efforts to lower the expectations of would-be artists-in-residence, what began almost as a lark (and was intended to be short-lived) is now a mature and vibrant arts center and year-round community. And many of its former artists-in-residence and festival attendees have been so taken by its leaky, rustic charms that they have moved here full-time.
Spreading out among the grain elevator and mill, a century-old former hotel and bar, a schoolhouse and a cavernous livestock auction house/barn, the Wassaic Project’s elements to date include a summer camp, a haunted house, arts programming in the local school and an annual parade, along with its festival, residencies and exhibitions.
Last year’s festival drew 5,000 attendees. To read more click HERE!
As if you needed more convincing to order your Maine Sail Freight shipment, we are thrilled to announce that you can take a good mouth-watering look at the sea-bound goods in this gallery. Behold the sea salt, Maine jam, wild Atlantic kombu, beeswax candles, artisanal apple cider syrup! Are you swooning? (I’m swooning.)
Photo cred for these stunning photographs goes to the talented Lawrence Braun, and we hope that you will consider supporting him by purchasing a photograph or two while you’re poking around in the gallery. They make excellent desktop backgrounds, cabin decor, and birthday presents.
Oh my god, it’s so epic. So. Epic.
The Crown of Maine Cooperative distributes locally grown food across Maine and has an extremely talented graphic design team. You can order produce and posters by registering here.