Pemaquid Watershed Association is pleased to announce the award of two original oil paintings by Joseph Fiore to PWA by the Maine Farmland Trust (MFT). The artwork was provided to MFT by the Falcon Foundation, a vehicle created by the estate of the artist, working out of The Firehouse Center in Damariscotta. During his lifetime, Joseph Fiore was a generous supporter of MFT, which is a statewide membership organization that works to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance the future of farming.
The two paintings gifted to PWA are from a large collection of Fiore’s “Rock Paintings”, also known as the Geological Works. Many of the paintings were produced at the studio he created in his barn at his farm in Jefferson, Maine. The paintings are based on the rocks that the Fiore’s collected along coastal Maine. Joe and his wife, Mary, began summering in 1959 at their old farmhouse to which Mary returns even after the death of Joseph in 2008. During the 50 years the Fiore’s spent in Maine, they were active members of the art community, showing Joseph’s work at galleries and museums.
A contemporary of Lois Dodd, Alex Katz and Neil Welliver, and a well-known avant-garde artist during the sixties, Fiore divided his time between New York City and Jefferson. Born in 1925, Fiore studied at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Later teaching positions included those at the Philadelphia College of Art, Maryland College of Art and the National Academy. His work is in many public and private collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the National Academy, among others. While Fiore is most known for his abstract compositions, his key inspiration was always the natural world.
Maine Farmland Trust re-distributed the works among organizations throughout Maine that appreciate Maine’s geology and natural environment. “We are so pleased to be able to provide this gift of two paintings to Pemaquid Watershed Association because this group clearly shares Joe Fiore’s love of nature,” said Maine Farmland Trust’s Anna Abaldo. PWA’s mission is to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education. The public is invited to stop in at the PWA office to view the paintings.