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July Open Studio Day

July 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Fiore Art Center opens its doors to the public with festive, family-friendly open studio days the last Sunday of July, August, and September. Artists-in-residence welcome visitors into their studios to see what they have been working on during their month-long residency, and the Center is open for tours. Guests can enjoy the Center’s gallery, garden, live music on the lawn, free refreshments and spend the afternoon at the Center’s gorgeous grounds on the shores of Damariscotta Lake.

For July, visual artists Mildred Bachrach and Eleanor Conover, along with academic resident Sonja Birthisel will be opening up their studios. Music will be preformed by Callahan Bridge.

Mildred Bachrach describes herself as an artistic pluralist who uses a variety of techniques and materials to explore the concepts of personal and environmental trauma. She has lived on a farm in Detroit, ME for over 40 years and is a member of the Cherokee Nation.

Eleanor Conover is a painter whose work responds to site-specificity and the human relationship to environmental space. Eleanor was raised in New England and currently resides in Tennessee, where she teaches at the School of Art, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dr. Sonja Birthisel will be the first academic writing resident at the Art Center. Sonja recently finished graduate school at the University of Maine, where she is currently employed. This summer, she will be working on several papers about climate change and its impacts on Maine agriculture.

Laurie McDonnell is this season’s resident gardener. From tending urban landscapes to nurturing her own small farm, she has relished the opportunities she has had to partner with the land. She looks forward to cultivating her memoir and critical essay writing practice as she cultivates the gardens at Rolling Acres Farm.

Callahan Bridge is fiddler Raelin Callahan and guitarist Kevin Callahan. The daughter/father duo is passionate about bridging generations, time past and present, locations far and near. They play music from Irish, Scottish, Quebecois, American Old Time, and other traditions. They consider these songs to be living treasures, and see themselves as both carriers of tradition as well as interpreters through the contemporary times.

Questions about Open Studio Days? Email Rachel, or call the MFT office, (207) 338-6575.


July 28, 2019
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm
152 Punk Point Rd.
Jefferson, ME 04348 United States
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