1962 Governor Reed

Linwood Partridge sharing plans for the “proposed cultural center” (which became the Harlow Gallery) with Governor Reed in 1962.

In 1962 the KVAA launched a major fundraising effort in order to purchase the building that has provided a permanent home for the KVAA ever since. The final funds needed to purchase the building, at the then-impressive price of $6,000, were provided by Genevieve Harlow Goodwin, in memory of her father, George A. Harlow, a well-respected Augusta physician. Represented by a nephew, Brooks Harlow Jr. of Florida, the family continues to actively support the gallery and the art association to this day, most recently with challenge grants and substantial gifts that have helped the KVAA continue to flourish. The creation of an art gallery out of a dilapidated old building was a tremendous undertaking. Linwood Partridge, a Cony graduate who had completed an International Correspondence School commercial art course and worked for the state as an illustrator, organized the fund raising aspect; Partridge and a group of volunteers planned dinners and beaux-arts balls to support the renovations. The reconstruction work became a part of the everyday lives of a handful of members, especially Richard Hurtibise and Richard Cote, two talented avant-garde painters who were largely responsible for the remodeling the two long narrow run-down shops that then existed, into a single spacious gallery with exposed brick. – from KVAA history written by Nancy McGinnis & Deb Fahy in 2011