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Attention to Detail at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery: new works by photographer Lynn Karlin, with additional photographs by Helder, Hire, Reid and Woodman

This summer, Belfast fine art photographer Lynn Karlin returns to Maine Farmland Trust Gallery for her second solo show at this location: Attention to Detail. MFT Gallery was in fact the first venue to showcase Lynn Karlin’s photography as fine art.

In 2009, Karlin began working on the now famous Pedestal Series, honoring the beauty of the vegetable. MFT Gallery exhibited Pedestal Series in 2012. Karlin continued to expand this body of work, and it has since traveled to Napa Valley in California, the James Beard House Gallery in New York, and other galleries around the country; it was reviewed in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, London’s Sunday Telegraph and several Swiss magazines as well.

Recently, Karlin’s work started taking a direction that is reminiscent of the old Dutch Masters – both in lighting, and in composition. MFT Gallery will be showing a particularly exquisite piece which is a classic still life of fruits and vegetables, printed on an impressive scale.

“I also like the modern look: one simple vegetable, close-up, looking for the perfect lines or form,” Karlin commented. “Right now I am somewhat torn between the two styles.” None of this tension is visible in Karlin’s refined prints, which exude a quality of timelessness, grace, and royalty.

Attention to Detail, which is on display at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery from June 13 through July 14, 2014, will be highlighting some of Karlin’s most recent works, many of which have not been previously exhibited. In addition, the show features select works by four other Maine photographers, shown on the gallery’s second floor. Jaap E. Helder, whose abstract photography and paintings were included in an exhibit at MFT Gallery in 2012, will be showing new photographs. Photographers Terry Hire, Michael Reid and Mary Woodman will all be making their first appearance at MFT Gallery.

The public is welcome to attend the reception on Friday June 20, from 5:30-8pm, during the Trust’s annual Maine Fare celebration. The gallery will also be open for Belfast’s Final Fridays Art Walk on June 27, from 5:30-8pm.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street in Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9 am – 4 pm. More information can be found atwww.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org or by contacting Gallery Coordinator Anna Abaldo at anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org .

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide non-profit organization working to keep Maine’s farms farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate art in agriculture, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust, visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

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