Bee Mine

What's the buzz on the Maine art scene? Well, unless you're feel like coming to Belfast, that's none of your beeswax.

The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will hold an opening tonight for "The Smallest Workers on the Farm," an exhibit dedicated to bees and their role in local agriculture. The threat of colony collapse disorder has caused tremendous concern among farmers nationwide, including Maine's blueberry growers. These little workers have a serious job to do, and this two-artist show highlights their importance.

Belfast-area sculptor Beth Henderson works in encaustic (pictured), an ancient technique that suspends pigment in — surprise! — beeswax, creating a thick, luminous finish. Nature photographer Michelle Olson of Caribou documents the role bees play in crop pollination. Educational outreach by an artist and beekeeper will complement the exhibit. On June 23, the Belfast Free Library will screen the documentary "Sister Bee" by Laura Tyler; UMaine professor Frank Drummond, an expert in bees who is taking part in a national study of colony collapse disorder, also will give a lecture.

The opening is scheduled from 5 to 7 tonight, but the work will be on view until July 15, so there's still plenty of time to visit. And trust us — even if you're not agriculture geeks like we are, you'll think it's the bee's knees.

For more information about the exhibit and related events, click here.


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