The Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association has announced it is collaborating on a summer fundraiser with Matthew Barter, a Brunswick painter and sculptor known for his works depicting commercial fishermen and members of the fishing community.
Barter donated 100 prints signed by one of his paintings to the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association in order to collect funds for their fishermen’s wellness program. The original oil on canvas painting, “Boatwork”, captures a waterside work scene on the South Gouldsboro Pier.
Barter donated a limited run of 18″ x 24″ archival paper prints of his original painting. Each print is numbered and signed by the artist and can be purchased online at mainecoastfishermen.com/shop.
Proceeds support the association’s Angler Wellness Program, which advocates for more resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of commercial anglers, and partners with organizations to create opportunities for anglers to find help, information and well-being support.
“We are immensely proud of this program and thrilled with the partnerships we have been able to create in order to help support Maine anglers,” said the association’s director of community programs and angler wellness program manager. , Monica Coombs. “Part of sustaining Maine’s fishing communities for future generations must include providing the resources necessary for the better health and well-being of Maine’s fishers and their families. Maine fishermen are under incredible stress in the face of an uncertain future. It’s important that they have access to the resources and support they need to feel good and stay safe on and off the water.
“I wanted to collaborate with the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association on this project because the well-being of the fishermen of Maine is something that I think a lot,” said Barter. “When I paint and sculpt, I think of the weight of the traps and the pressure on the shoulders of the fishermen when they go to sea. . I wanted to capture that in my art and I appreciate all the hard work that goes into the fishing industry.
Barter grew up in Sullivan and resides in Brunswick with his family. He operates the Barter Art House, which features his work as well as that of his father, Philip Barter. Barter’s art installation, “Cantown Company Store”, opened at the Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth on June 15.