From Harlow Gallery and the Kennebec Valley Art Association attributed to Madge Ames:
“The year was 1957 … there was no place for the local aspiring artist to show his work , and each one felt very much alone.
Among the members of the Augusta Players (now Gaslight Theater) were several such lonely artists, and they hatched the idea of having an art show in the corridors of Cony High School in conjunction with one of their plays. Accordingly, an open invitation was extended to anyone in the area who wanted to exhibit. The response was far beyond anyone’s expectation….
From this experience and the new found knowledge that there were many area people interested in art, came the formation of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, which met in its early years in the basement of the Chamber of Commerce building in the west-side traffic circle.”