“Reminiscing, Central Park”, Robin Brooks, collage, 30″ x 42″
April 4-26, 2014
Opening Friday, April 4, 5-8pm
Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street, Hallowell
Hours: Wed-Sat 12-6pm
Maine artists working from the human figure
“Why is the human figure my creative muse? It’s what I am. It’s what you are. It’s relatable because it’s universal & the visual possibilities are endless. The artistic representation of humanity transcends time, from a prehistoric cave wall painting to a caution wet floor sign. The figure is a shared iconic vocabulary permeating artistic works throughout history & across cultures. The ‘body’s’ infinite manifestations & interpretations never fail to inspire & surprise me.
I’d like to thank the Harlow Gallery for allowing me the honor of participating in this years juried figurative art show. It was a pleasure viewing a broad spectrum of creative works alongside Deborah Fahy & Joe Klofas. Congratulations to all participants for your shared enthusiasm & love of the figure!” — Tanya Fletcher
“Until a little over a century ago drawing and painting the human figure was basic training for all visual artists. The body has been the great subject since the Greeks and Romans, and the Renaissance giants we all know sat, chalk in hand, before their models exactly as we do here in Hallowell on Sunday nights and many other aspiring artists do in figure drawing groups throughout this state. The work in this show is part of that great and venerable tradition. Drawing and painting the figure is a difficult and humbling experience. Everyone knows something about anatomy and will tell you when you got it wrong and it’s very easy to get it wrong. Some of the work in this show was done in five minutes some took hours. None was easy to do.
What is it that a good drawing, painting, or photograph of the nude human body can say? Eros, of course, but also aging and the fragility of beauty anchored, as it is, in time, what we were yesterday and what we will be tomorrow. We are, as the poet said, “Most wonderfully made.” “ — Joe Klofas
Auburn: Andrea Eusden.
Augusta: Lisa Lancaster.
Belfast: Charles Dufour, Gilbert Welch.
Bryant Pond: Gail Rein.
Durham: Anita Clearfield.
Falmouth: Judy O’Donnell.
Farmingdale: Jeff Auger.
Farmington: Sandra Stanton.
Freeport: Meghan Anderson Nathanson.
Gardiner: Allison McKeen.
Gorham: Matthew LaPierre.
Hallowell: Nancy Bixler, Sarah Dunn, William Haley, Joe Klofas, Lindsay May, Sally Wagley.
Harpswell: Heather Desiree.
Lewiston: Ryan Connell Garvey.
Lincolnville: Petrea Noyes.
Montville: Leslie Woods.
Mount Vernon: Pamela Hetherly.
New Gloucester: Deborah Anne Hall.
North Monmouth: Carol St. Pierre.
Oakland: Michael Smith.
Saco: Tanya Fletcher.
Springvale: Mary Bullock, Jean Noon.
Topsham: Robin Brooks.
Waterville: Magdalen Abe, Bruce Habowski.
West Gardiner: Dianne Chicoine, Kay Morris.
Windham: Lynda Wilson.
Winthrop: Don Kerr, Eileen Kerr, Penny Markley.
A Body of Work has been made possible by the generous support of our Season Sponsors: The Bank of Maine, Capitol Dental Care, Dead River Co., Great Gatherings, the City of Hallowell, Mr. Brooks Harlow, Jr., the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank and the Vallee Brothers.
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