ROCKLAND — The Farnsworth Art Museum, in partnership with Area Interfaith Outreach Food and Energy Assistance (AIO), announces the public display of a 6’ x 20’ mural in AIO’s greeting room at 1 Gordon Drive, in Rockland’s Industrial Park. The mural, inspired the Farnsworth’s “13 Women of Vision,” was designed by community artist Alexis Iammarino, and completed through the talents of Iammarino and a small team of volunteers, including three student artist assistants from Oceanside High School: Vandeslaine Nascimento-Barcellos, Fiona Charlson and Alexa Zell.

“This collaboration with The Farnsworth Art Museum is a shining example of organizations coming together to address root issues,” said AIO Executive Director Joe Ryan. “It’s about recognizing that people in our community are not defined as either food pantry patrons or art museum patrons, but rather as members of a unique community that understands the importance of joy and substance in every life. Bringing art through the Women of Vision art exhibit into our food pantry, and likewise bringing the discussion of a fair and equitable community into the Farnsworth Art Museum makes for unexpected and profound connections.”

“This community partnership is part of a celebration of 13 amazing Women of Vision who are receiving the Farnsworth’s Maine in America award this year,” said Farnsworth Chief Advancement Officer Ann Scheflen.”These 13 women were selected for their contributions to art and society, and we couldn’t be more proud to partner with AIO to bring to the public this beautiful mural, inspired by our Women of Vision, and designed by Alexis and her team.”

Though the mural is currently on view in AIO’s greeting room and the public may view it during AIO’s open hours, the Area Interfaith Outreach is planning an open house on Saturday, June 19, from 12 to 2 p.m., including pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, games and entertainment for all. “This community event would be a great time to check out the mural and tour the facility,” Ryan said. “Art provides joy and substance. Food provides substance and joy. Working together, caring, and determined organization can move the needle to a more equitable community. Our mural project is a powerful example of a united approach to such important community challenges.”

For more information about Women of Vision, visit farnsworthmuseum.org. For more about AIO or the upcoming community event, visit aiofoodpantry.org.