Art2011 to Showcase 43 Maine Artists – opening May 6th

On Sunday, May 1st Véronique Plesch and Margaret Libby, both professors in the art department at Colby College, judged the 16th annual juried art exhibition at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell.

Margaret Libby is the Visual Resources Curator and January Program instructor. She teaches figure painting, and has expertise in the areas of drawing and photography. She and is interested in visual equivalents of mother-daughter relationships.  Click here to view work from her current series:  “Where are the Women? Portraits of Colby Women, 1875-1904”. For more information visit Margaret Libby’s profile page at Colby College.

Véronique Plesch teaches art history at Colby College.  She specializes the history of European art and culture from 1300-1800, Christian iconography, medieval French literature and word and image studies.  For more information, including a list of publications, visit her profile page at Colby College. Click here for a recent interview with professor Plesch at “Inside Colby, For Students, By Students”.

57 pieces of artwork were juried into the exhibition out of a total of 327 works of art submitted by 120 artists. Art2011 will be on view at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell from May 6 to 28, 2010. The annual juried art exhibition at the Harlow Gallery, now in its sixtheenth year, draws artists to Hallowell from all over the state of Maine.

The public is invited to join us at the opening celebration on Friday, May 6th from 5-8pm to experience a diverse mix of high quality artwork from all corners of Maine. The opening is free and open to the public. $1,200 in prize money will be awarded to artists in a ceremony beginning at 6 pm!

A list of artists accepted into the show by town follows:

Melissa Post van der Burg and Mary Becker Weiss, Augusta
Kathryn McCoig, Bath
David Estey, Belfast
Judy Nixon, Bristol
Lesia Sochor, Brooks
Joe Godleski, Brunswick
Sherry Ballou, Buxton
Debra L. Arter, Damariscotta
John Lorence, Edgecomb
Patrica L. Binette, Fairfield
Megan Daigle, Scott King and Alice V. Rohman, Farmingdale
Sarah Helen Harvey, Freeport
Kate Buehner and Janet Favor, Gardiner
Nancy Bixler and Robert J. Sherman, Hallowell
Penelope Hall, Kingfield
Hanji Chang, Lincolnville
Carolyn Anderson, Littleton
Cindy Rehagen Langewisch, Livermore Falls
Brian Braley and Jamie Ribisi-Braley, Manchester
Pamela Hetherly, Mt Vernon
Linda Nichols Phillips, N. Monmouth
Corliss Chastain, Liz Hoag and Rebecah Tanner, Portland
Kitty Smith and Gwen Sylvester, Rockland
Robert Ivano, Sedgewick
Kevin James, Smithfield
Sheri Parenteau, Swanville
Robin Brooks, Topsham
Ross Grams and Cheryl Herr-Rains, Vienna
Chris Augusta and Jean Kigel, Waldoboro
Bruce Habowski, Waterville
Cynthia J. Ahlstrin and Reed W. Markley, Winthrop

Many thanks toTransco Business Technologies for sponsoring Art2011, and to our 2011 Season Sponsor, Kennebec Savings Bank, for helping to make Art2011 possible.

A list of prize winners will be available on our website at after 7pm on the day of the opening, May 6, 2011. Prizes to be awarded at the opening celebration are as follows:

Best in Show! a cash prize of $500 contributed by our
2011 exhibition season sponsor Kennebec Savings Bank



Second Prize $250 Sponsored by DownEast Energy & Building Supply

Third Prize $150 Savings Bank of Maine

Juror’s Choice prize, $150, Sponsored by Macomber, Farr and Whitten Insurance Services of Augusta

Juror’s Choice prize, $150, Sponsored by two members of the Kennbec Valley Board of Directors: Larry Brown and Peggy Siegel

Plus… Honorable Mentions awarded gift certificates and fine goods contributed by the following local businesses and organizations.  Please thank all of our sponsors for supporting the arts in central Maine!

Colby Museum of Art, Waterville,  Fogg Art Custom Framing of Wiscassett, The Framemakers of Waterville, Gosline’s Hardware of Farmingdale, Grand Central Cafe of Waterville, The Maine Accent of Hallowell, Rail Road Square Cinema of Waterville

Gallery visitors can vote for their favorite work of art to receive the People’s Choice $100 Award, sponsored by The Animal Wellness Center (to be awarded at the end of the exhibition based on popular vote).

Thank you to all our terrific volunteers, without whose help our staff would have been helplessly buried in art! — especially to Larry Brown for technical support that made our first ever electronic entry process a great success, and  Michael Hudak, KVAA Vice President and Chair of the Exhibition Committee for hanging the exhibition.