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Georges River Land Trust and K2 Family Foundation Accepting Artist in Residence Applications

Posted Oct. 23, 2013, at 4:26 p.m.
2013 artist Elizabeth Billings weaves dogwood stems.
2013 artist Elizabeth Billings weaves dogwood stems.

Artists have long been inspired by the natural beauty of Maine, and the midcoast has a particularly long and strong tradition of place-inspired art making. The Georges River Land Trust and K2 Family Foundation are now accepting applications for the second year of their artist in residence program for 2014. The artist-in-residence program offers professional visual artists, performing artists, and writers the opportunity to pursue their artistic disciplines while being inspired by the Georges River watershed’s extraordinary landscapes.

The application period for the artist-in-residence program runs from November 1, 2013 to January 1, 2014. Information on the program and an application are available at www.k2ff.org or www.georgesriver.org/artist-in-residence-program.

The Georges River Land Trust was founded in 1987 with a mission to conserve the ecosystems and traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed. Such a mission encourages a sustainable connection between land and people. As part of its own mission, the K2 Family Foundation seeks to foster sustainability and to create opportunities for artists whose work incorporates scientific awareness and concerns.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with our first year of the program,” said Gail Presley, Executive Director of Georges River Land Trust. “Our artists offered so many ways for the public to participate in their artistic discovery of the St. George River and its watershed.”

During the residency, the artist will have access to many of the Land Trust’s holdings as a resource for creating new site-inspired or site-specific work. Artists are asked to make themselves available to the public during their residency in a variety of ways. Depending upon the artist’s medium, such visitor contact might include a guided walk, workshop, hands-on participation in a project, etc. Formal public presentations will consolidate the artist’s relation to the community and celebrate the efforts being undertaken by both the artist and the Land Trust. Documentation of the project will memorialize the artist’s experience.

For more information visit www.georgesriver.org or call (207) 594-5166.

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