Russell French’s photos, Island Sheep, at Rabelais

Please join Rabelais this Friday, December 5th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM when will be hosting a reception for Russell French to celebrate his show of photographs, Island Sheep.  If you don’t know him already, Russell is a founding member of Slow Food Portland and a local photographer who focuses on food.  Each Spring, sheep head via boat to remote Maine islands to spend the summer feasting on salt grasses and seaweed.  If you dine at Fore Street in the month of December chances are you’ve seen island-raised lamb on the menu.  Russell spent a couple of days with farmer Lee Straw and chef Sam Hayward, among others, corralling the sheep for their trip back to the mainland.  A few of these images appeared recently in Ed Behr’s magazine The Art of Eating, where they accompanied a text by Sam Hayward. These beautiful black and white images will be on display at Rabelais from the reception on Friday through the New Year.

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