2017 MAPLE TREE TALKS the art of sustainable living and art that sustains us


2017 Hawk Ridge Farm

All talks will meet at 2:00 under the Maple Tree during the 1:00-4:00 Hawk Ridge Farm open house and are free and open to the public.

June 4: Miles Chapin – Sculptor

Miles Chapin was the featured artist last year at the College of the Atlantic exhibition and he created outstanding monumental carved granite and basalt sculpture for the show, Where Mountains Meet the Sea. He has participated at the Schoodic Sculpture Symposium and has been awarded numerous public art projects including the Brunswick Railway Station. Miles will show slides of his work process and share his artistic inspiration.

June 11: MOFGA Dave Colson – Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners

MOFGA’s Agricultural Services Program director, Dave Colson owns New Leaf Farm, a celebrated source of organic vegetables, fruits and herbs for markets and restaurants in greater Portland. Dave will give background information about MOFGA and share his wealth of knowledge gained through decades of organic farming in Maine. Come with your organic gardening questions.

 June 25: George Sherwood – Sculptor

George Sherwood‘s kinetic sculptures are both highly refined and elegantly simple as they move with each breath of wind. Inspired by nature, his abstract work is reminiscent of flocks of birds, schools of fish, shimmering leaves or waves of light. Most recently I featured his sculpture at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. A celebrated artist in collections throughout the country, George will share his background and inspiration with slides and videos.

July 9: Ken Ryan – Maine Coast Taijiquan

This will be an opportunity to participate in a class of Qigong, an ancient practice which centers and circulates energy in the body by integrating physical postures, breathing and focused attention.  Ken Ryan is the founding director of Maine Coast Taijiquan and has studied Yang and Chen Style Taijiquan leading classes at his studio in South Freeport and Bowdoin College. This practice can be a part of integrating the inside with the outside world enlivening that interaction. We will “Embrace Earth” as one of the standing meditation postures.

July 16: Jen Hatch – Revision Energy & Bill Ginn – Homeowner

Entering our third year, Hawk Ridge Farm is now solar. ReVision Energy installed our array along with 5,000 other buildings in New England. Since 2003, ReVision Energy has been building its staff of 100 to serve as is a renewable energy company contracting engineering, design, installation and equipment for homes, businesses, and nonprofits. Bill Ginn will share our results and Marketing director Jen Hatch of Revision Energy will present information about going solar in Maine.

July 23: Wendy Klemperer – Sculptor

Wendy Klemperer works in salvaged steel and welds animated animal sculptures. She shows her work throughout the country and  I have featured her sculpture in exhibitions at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and Maine Audubon. Her installation at the Portland Jetport, donated by William Hamill, called GLIMPSE includes her Deer, a Wolf, and Porcupines. A number of pieces from her new Shadow Series that were introduced in NY, are now at Hawk Ridge Farm. Wendy will show images of her most recent exhibitions and share more about her creative process.