ROCKLAND — AIO has a long tradition of harnessing the talents and innovative ideas of Midcoast Maine’s creative community to make the connection between food and art.

AIO announces ArtFeeds, Artists-in-Action Against Food Insecurity, a first-of-its-kind collaboration with the community’s vibrant artists, Page Gallery and the Maine State Correctional Facility, to highlight AIO’s programs.

Thirty participating well-known local artists including Eric Hopkins, Meghan Brady, Colin Page, Barbara Sullivan, and Margaret Rizzio, will create their own bowl or work with a wooden bowl carved and donated by residents of the Maine State Correctional Facility’s woodworking program.

The collection of finished bowls will be exhibited at Page Gallery in Camden, Sept. 3-10, with a reception and silent auction Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022. All proceeds will benefit AIO.

Filmmaker David Berez and photographer Tara Rice will document artists at work and their process of creating the bowls. AIO will share the artists’ creative process on @aiofoodpantry (Instagram) and @AIOFoodpantry70 (Facebook).

“We are fortunate to live in a vibrant art community here in Midcoast Maine,” Joe Ryan, AIO executive director said. “This collaboration demonstrates what we can do when we combine the unique talents and compassion of our community members to help fight hunger.”

To learn more about AIO, visit the pantry at 1A Gordon Drive in Rockland, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information about AIO programs, volunteering, or how to make a donation is available at AIO4Me.org.

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