The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is a program of Maine Farmland Trust that actively connects the creative worlds of farming, conservation and the arts. The purpose of the Fiore Art Center is to stimulate and advance the dialogue between human and environment We hope to instill passion for preservation through the arts, create awareness and build community. We do this through exhibitions and public educational events, through research and application of ecologically sustainable farming practices and by hosting residencies for artists on a historic farm. The Falcon Foundation – holders of the work of the late Joseph A. Fiore – generously supports our programs. Fiore was an artist and environmentalist. He and his wife Mary lived on a nearby farm in Jefferson and supported MFT for many years. Much of Fiore’s art was donated to MFT and can be viewed at the Fiore Art Center.
Rolling Acres Farm is a breathtaking, 130-acre farm property located on Damariscotta Lake in the town of Jefferson, Maine. The setting is remote and peaceful, but not far from the lively and picturesque village of Damariscotta. Behind the farmhouse and connected barn, an old dirt road curves down to the lake, through open rolling fields frequently visited by wildlife – a perfect setting for contemplation and retreat. Maine Farmland Trust acquired Rolling Acres in 2011, with the goal of protecting the land and selling it to a farmer. When after several years a buyer was not found, MFT decided to expand its work of “celebrating agriculture through art” from MFT’s Gallery in Belfast to Rolling Acres Farm. In 2016, the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center’s artist residency program took root at the farm – named after generous MFT supporter, environmentalist and artist Joseph Fiore (1925-2008).
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