In honor of our 60th anniversary, we’re partnering with six Maine artists to raise money for organizations here in Maine. Artist William Wegman is joining us for our Art of Giving Gala to help raise money for his organization of choice, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Learn more about Wegman and his benefactor below.
Wegman is best known for his cleverly posed photographs of his Weimaraner dogs, which have been exhibited worldwide for more than 40 years. After earning degrees in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Wegman began teaching at California State University, Long Beach. That’s when he got his dog Man Ray, a Weimaraner that would become the central figure of his owner’s art. Since Man Ray’s death in 1981, Wegman has continued to work with the dogs, featuring them in videos shown on Sesame Street, Saturday Night Live, and Nickelodeon. They’ve also inspired nearly twenty children’s books. Wegman lives in Maine and New York.
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
MOFGA is the nation’s oldest and largest organic agriculture membership-based organization. It is a community of 11,000 members who are passionate about growing, eating and increasing access to locally grown, organic foods. For over forty years, MOFGA has worked to revitalize rural communities. MOFGA trains new farmers, fosters business relationships and provides technical services and assistance to farmers, gardeners and agricultural businesses. MOFGA’s premier event, the Common Ground Country Fair, offers more than 700 workshops and is attended by about 60,000 people annually. This event pumps millions of dollars into Maine’s economy by providing an outlet for organic food and small businesses, and is a true celebration of rural living.
MOFGA’s mission is to help farmers and gardeners: grow organic food, fiber and other crops; protect the environment; recycle natural resources; increase local food production; support rural communities; and illuminate for consumers the connection between healthful food and environmentally sound farming practices.