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Young at Art 2021

ON VIEW: MARCH 10 – APRIL 10
VIRTUAL RECEPTION: FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 4PM

GALLER HOURS: FRIDAY + SATURDAY, 11AM-4PM

The Harlow presents Young at Art, the 18th annual exhibition of children’s artwork on view March 10 – April 10 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. During this exhibition students from kindergarten through 8th grade have their work on display in the professional gallery setting of The Harlow.

Each year The Harlow invites art teachers from elementary and middle schools from throughout the greater Augusta area to select their best student art to showcase in this community celebration of talented art students and of the importance of arts in education.

Please join us in celebrating the youngest artists in our community – families with children especially encouraged to attend.

A virtual reception will be held Friday, March 12, at 4pm.

Stayed tuned for associated children’s programming!

Featured Student Artwork: Addie Pelletier, Grade 5, Chelsea School, Radical Symmetry Design

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Staff Announcement

The Harlow Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Marie Sugden as our new Gallery Manager. Marie is an experienced arts administrator who comes to the Harlow with a wealth of knowledge, a passion for the arts, and a special place in her own heart for the Harlow. Marie was an intern at the Harlow some 15 years ago!  Marie’s career has been marked by many successful years working in fellow arts non-profits, most recently Waterville Creates!. She has been working behind the scenes in our area already, assisting with organizing the well known PechaKucha in Waterville (PKWTVL) AND coordinating the annual Holiday Bazaar at Common Street Arts. Marie has a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art and Design. We are so delighted to have Marie on board at the Harlow and can’t wait for you to meet her.  Marie currently resides in China with her husband Jon, 3-year-old daughter Penelope, and dog Lola. 

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Co-op Advertising

Maine Gallery Guide 2021

New Member Benefit! The Harlow has reserved a full-page ad in the Maine Gallery Guide. Harlow members are welcome to purchase space in our ad to feature their work with an image, basic contact information, and a few words describing their work/business. 

*Cost Per Space: $125

*The prices are dependant on the number of members that would like to participate in the ad. The Harlow will be in contact with participating artists regarding any cost and space changes.

Members interested in reserving space in our co-op ad can email Marie at harlowgallery@gmail.com no later than January 27. Materials (images, contact information, and short description) will need to be submitted no later than February 1. 

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Spindleworks Offsite

Spinoff Studios is now Spindleworks Offsite, a progressive art studio that offers programming for individuals with intellectual disabilities directly in the community. Our Kennebec Valley studio is now located within the walls of the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. Our partnership with the Harlow represents a shared advocacy for artistic growth, education, and gallery exhibition within the heart of the Kennebec Valley.

Artistic Growth: Supported individuals receive mentorship from professional artists to develop skills to find their artistic voice and share their work with the community.

Education and Exhibition: We see art making as a form of communication. We seek to connect our artists with the community through hosting art exhibitions and collaboratively working on public programming. Our inclusion at the Harlow provides moments for artistic professional development, social engagement, and self-representation in the community. Furthermore, being immersed in the operations of an art gallery increases confidence and independence in the individual we serve.

Studio: We offer a safe and supportive work environment with access to plenty of space, materials, and artistic mentorship. Our mediums include painting and drawing, textiles and weaving, writing, and poetry.

Spindleworks Offsite is an extension of Spindleworks Art Center and a program of Independence Association of Brunswick, Maine, whose mission is to help children and adults with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives in their chosen community. Spindleworks is a nationally renowned arts mentorship for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its galleries and exhibits have welcomed art lovers as an integral part of the Brunswick downtown for more than 40 years.



History: In February of 2011 Spindleworks held an exhibit “MOSAIC” at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. The warm welcome this exhibit received from the community solidified the need for a program within the Kennebec Valley to support the creative growth of individuals within the region. Spinoff Studios, a community support program of Independence Association, was started in December 2011 as a sister program to Spindleworks in order to support artists with intellectual disabilities to develop expressive skills and be fully included in their community. Spinoff provided studio space, supplies, and mentorship to support personal growth. The studio and gallery supported over 30 artists from the greater Kennebec Valley region. This well-loved program closed its space in Downtown Gardiner in August of 2020 in order to protect the health and safety of the program artists during the COVID pandemic. Independence Association remains dedicated to continuing to support the former artists of Spinoff in a new way, removing barriers to full inclusion in the community. The new Harlow Gallery-based programming gives artists with disabilities the choice to receive support in a fully integrated setting working alongside other community artists.

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The Relief Conspiracy

postcard by lauren medford/showgirl press

The Relief Conspiracy:
376 Printmakers, 26 countries, 5 continents

curated by Scott Minzy, presented by The Harlow, January 29th to February 27th, 2021
opening reception online Friday, January 29th at 4 pm

in-person viewing at 100 Water St, Hallowell, Friday and Saturday: 11am – 4pm

 An online Facebook live reception is planned for Friday, January 29th at 4pm. RSVP Here

The public is also invited to a virtual round table discussion among artists in the exhibition and guests on Friday, February 19th from 5 to 6 PM.

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“Homecoming” Sampler

Enjoy this sampling of our present exhibition “Homecoming”. Twenty seven artists from across Central Maine are respresented in this lively exhibition.

“Homecoming” Artists were asked to consider and share with us how the pandemic affected their art practice. This is a portion of what they shared with us. Enjoy! If you are interested in purchasing any of this artwork, please reach out to the Harlow harlowgallery@gmail.com

Jeanne Finley “I haven’t painted since last winter, been unable and anxious and depressed. I was in Morocco last March when they c;osed the airport and cancelled myu flight. WHAT A TIME!!!

Judith E Schuppien My Thursday Plein Air group kept meeting! Otherwise , I was quite scattered and did not do much painting. 

Camille Davidson I paint from a treehouse and mostly I paint what surrounds me. The light, the wind, the feeling of being present to the moment of a beautiful forest day. During covid, news would creep in and shout at me. On the radio, in my head and heart. The words being used in our world along with my anger, and prayers. I am Jewish and Israeli and my prayers and knowledge base led me to scratching Hebrew into paintings. It made me feel less out of control. I put down what bubbled up for me personally. I couldn’t just paint the forest when the world was crying out

Jen Hickey It has lent me to take notice of the beauty around me, every nuance, pattern, and individuality of Mother Nature. A Blessing it has been in many ways to be able to have time to reflect and be present.  

Alix Barron I have been very experimental and that has allowed me to work through my FUNK. I’ve had more fun too. 

Laura Endres The pandemic has brought me to full circle to myself – a homecoming .

Elizabeth Luckraft With the pandemic time and a deeper sense of introspection has allowed me to tap deeper into my emotions and to take risks to express this emotion in my work. I have learned that my deep belief of “IF NOT NOW,WHEN??” has come to full expression. Now is the time to make momentary choices each day to be vulnerab;e and brave and to reach for personal potential in order to serve. 

Christine Sullivan I have done a series of bird art (seventeen), in the beginning of the pandemic which were auctioned off for the Ian Parker foundation to benefit local musicians. 

Ellen Freed Days turned into weeks then into months. We’ve had eight months of worries, changes, losses, observations and recalculating our lives. I’ve found more time to walk, sit, draw, photograph, process and sew. Working on these pieces has given me a way to find peace amidst chaos.     

Kit Monroe Much More alone time which means studio time! I am painting more then ever. 

Dianne Horton I have not made art recently. I was not motivated because of eight shows (outside) being canceled. The Harlow deadline motivated me. 

Ruth Brooks I have used this quiet time to revitalize my studio art practice in earnest. Along with making art that reflects my feelings about our world, I am attempting to decolonize my mind and my relationship to art making. This means claiming pictural language and symbols such as “Tree”, or ” Still life” as ways of addressing deep concerns about where we are, as humans on this fragile but resilient planet and where we are headed.

Bruce Armstrong The art world as defined in various media, social and other, seemed to communicate a more pessimistic view as we are all experienced the general fears related to the disease, fears capitalized on and heightened by its constant presence in the media.  The inability of major political players , in this election year, to agree on how we deal with the problem, if there was even a problem, highlighted how poorly we all communicate on many things and led to significant doubt about whether we are able to do anything as a cohesive society.

Abbott Meader During this difficult time I have done mostly what I call “inventions” or “invocations”. Some are non-representational pieces while others reference natural forms in various approaches and combinations or components. In his mind, he has greatly considered the impact on human kind of the virus, and climate change which he thinks has largely been ignored by society.

Lynne Lyons My entry ( about the Pandemic ) is a painting that was done early in the beginning of my creative process, early into the new world with Covid. Mixing color and moving a brush around on a large canvas became familiar to me. It became me. It is a self portrait of me in the middle of the pandemic. It is one display showing how I survived that first winter alone as my beautiful husband of forty years passed away April 12 2019.  This is my first attempt to show my work. I hope people enjoy it.       

Renae E Moran  Stuck at home, I have been experimenting with a sun exposure for a painting of a grain elevator in North Dakota, my original home state. I was planning on an extended visit to North Dakota this year to take sunrise photographs of elevators. Instead, I stayed home and continued working on this third version of the elevator at Great Bend. The pandemic forced me to imagine how it would look with the sunrise instead of the noon time lighting the original photograph.

Penny Markley Plein air painting does have its challenges. The light changes, wind threatens or perhaps succeeds in blowing over easels. Bugs land on wet paint, tides come in and tides go out if you are painting by the sea, and there is always too much paint. One has to focus and simplify . In spite of the difficulty and the fact that I seldom produce a masterpiece while painting plein air, it has saved my sanity and made me feel productive during this strange time.    

Helene Farrar There is much to say about this time period. But not so much about how its affects on my art practice DIRECTLY. I am taking care of my body and spirit better now. I walk to my studio more often which is grounding and allows me the pleasure to witness the quiet, environmental changes and time to be in that movement. I am getting better at turning off external chatter even though there is so much uncertainty.

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“Homecoming” Opens Saturday, November 21st to Saturday, January 2nd

“Stone Man Falling” by Abbott Meader, Acrylic and Charcoal on Rag Paper

“Homecoming” a vibrant art exhibition featuring artworks created during the Pandemic  by members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association housed at the Harlow Gallery, will be on display November 21st, 2020 through January 2nd, 2021. “Homecoming” and a return to home is a commentary on the need and resiliency of making art in solitude fostering resiliency and comfort during  these challenging times. The KVAA invited its members to answer the call regarding how the pandemic has affected their creative practice in this exhibition in extended statements to be shared online and in the gallery.

Over 50 works in painting, sculpture, fine and digital printmaking, fiber, photography, mixed media and more from twenty six artists from across Central Maine. Participating Artists include:  Amy Kustra of Freeport,  Jane Higgins of Winthrop, Diane Woodworth of Hermon, Elizabeth Luckcraft of Smithfield, Andre Benoit of Boothbay, Christine Sullivan of Hallowell, Lynne Lyons of China, Penny Markley of Winthrop, Judith Schuppien of Brunswick, Jen Hickey of Waterville, Nancy Keenan Barron of South Gardiner, Alix Barron of South Gardiner, Michael Stevenson of Augusta, Kid McGuire of Augusta, Renae Moran of Wayne, Dianne Horton of Swanville, Bruce Armstrong of Manchester, Kit Munroe of Waterville, Ellen Freed of Hallowell, Laura Endres of Hallowell, Jeanne Finley of Garland, Abbott Meader of Oakland, Helene Farrar of Manchester, Robin Brooks of Topsham, and Camille Davidson of Readfield. 

The Harlow is a recipient of great kindness, as Artist Michael Stevenson has offered a hundred percent of the sale of his piece “Sheltered In Place” to the gallery as support.

Artist Ellen Freed shared, “ Day turned into weeks then, into months. We’ve had eight months of worries, changes, losses, observations, and recalculating our lives. I’ve found more time to walk, sit down, draw, photograph, process, and sew. Working on these pieces has given me a way to find peace admist the chaos.” 

The public is invited to attend the exhibition on Saturdays 11 am to 4 PM and by appointment.

This show will be open for viewing from the public on Saturdays only from 11 to 4 PM and by appointment. If you would like to make an appointment to see the exhibitions beyond these hours, we request you email us at harlowgallery@gmail.com

Due to concerns relating to the Pandemic, we will not be having our regularly scheduled artist reception. We will however work towards getting this show online on our website, via email marketing, social media platforms, and email marketing. If you are interested in helping us do so, please reach out to us via email harlowgallery@gmail.com

By Camille Davidson

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HeART of Hallowell Art Exhibition, Come See

The Harlow invites you to the “HeART of Hallowell”, a rich and varied exhibit featuring local Hallowell Artists and those with close ties to this little city! 

Exhibit and reception details are as follows:

Exhibition reception is Friday, October 2nd from 4 to 7 PM and Saturday, October 3rd from 11 to 4 PM. Those wishing to attend the reception times must wear a mask and need to respect that only 8 people at a time may enter the Harlow space at one time. There will be a clothespin system set outside the front door to make this easy to follow with further instructions. The Harlow asks you to kindly respect all social distancing guidelines and to make your visit short and sweet. 

Pick up for Heart of Hallowell is Saturday, November 14th from 10 to 3 PM and Saturday, November 21st from 11 to 4 PM.

We look forward to seeing you! 

ARTIST PICK UP FOR THIS SHOW is Saturday, November 14th 10 am to 3 PM and Saturday, November 21st 11AM to 4 PM

Judy Shuppien, oil painting

Michelle Miller “Brown Paper” Goauche and Watercolor on paper 

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Artists, You’re Invited, HeART of Hallowell Pop-UP Art Show

HeART of Hallowell

Friday, October 2 – Saturday, November 7th

Reception Weekend Friday, October 2nd – Sunday, October 4th

The Harlow Gallery invites artists who live in Hallowell or who have close ties to Hallowell to submit up to five artworks for a special pop-up show called the “HeART of Hallowell.” Original art of any media welcomed from painting to sculpture, digital media and ceramics. Young artists, novices, professionals and “dabblers” are all welcomed. We request that all two dimensional work is ready to hang. Harlow members and non-Harlow members are welcomed to participate. 

Drop-off Dates:

Saturday, September 19th 12 to 3 PM,

Friday, September 25th 11 to 1 PM

Saturday, September 26th 12 to 3 PM.

Additional times for drop off can be requested by messaging the Harlow on facebook or email harlowgallery@gmail.com

The Harlow Gallery ( home of the Kennebec Valley Art Association ) is sincerely grateful for the support the city of Hallowell and it’s people have demonstrated to the Harlow particularly during this pandemic. We recognize the HeART of this little city is in the arts and we want to give a shout out to all who have sustained the Harlow. All together now, in art!

Reception Weekend details to be announced.

Image Info for Promo:  “Song For My Brother”  30 X 40 inches, acrylic on canvas by Christine Sullivan, Graphic by Michelle Miller

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DRAWING CLASS September 4th

Please join local Artist / Art Educator Hélène Farrar, hosted by the Harlow Gallery in a one hour drawing class from the new pocket park! Join us on Friday, September 4th from 930 to 1030 am in a dynamic session exploring the urban landscape and a how to in perspective and approach!  Open to all ages, children under 8 welcomed with adult supervision and participation.

Registration requested, please email Helene Farrar at helene@helenefarrar.com or call 2074855691 to do so.

Please note: Mask wearing is required and participants are expected to socially distance during the session. Consider some sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc) and a water bottle and snacks, if you’ll want them! Also, wear comfortable walking shoes –you’ll be invited to spread out a little and walk around, to sketch the downtown from the park and a little bit outwards from the park. Please bring something to sketch on (sketchpad or just paper with a firm support), and that you bring INK pens to sketch with ie Sharpees, pens of any kind or marker. Please meet at Pocket Park which is on the corner of Water and Central Street in downtown Hallowell.

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8 X 10 Show

Here is a little sampling of our current show. Featured works by Pamela Hetherly, Kay Morris, Michael Stevenson and Chris Duncan.

By Robin Miller
By Kay Morris
By Chris Duncan
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Art 2020. The Year of Art. 25th Annual Juried Art Show.

Looking for Art2020, our 25th Annual Juried Show? Click here:

www.theharlow.org/post/art2020

The Harlow is excited to present Art2020, their 25th Annual Juried Show. This year’s show has moved online and can be visited virtually through June 21, 2020 (see below). 31 works of art by 30 artists were selected by juror Erin Hutton to be included.

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Annual Meeting (via Zoom) – All Welcome!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 6PM – ONLINE VIA ZOOM

Please join us. All welcome, not just members!

Scroll down for details on how to join the meeting via Zoom.

Please read below for our latest update in regard to how we are navigating the pandemic. At the end of the letter we ask a few questions for our community to consider. Please bring your thoughts and ideas to the meeting. Thank you!

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The Harlow has been physically closed for two months, and though the staff has been working to move our goods online, sales have been minimal and workshops and events have been canceled. However, we have good news. The Harlow staff and board have received a gracious amount of emergency funding. This includes the Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan through Camden Bank, which will be forgiven, as we are committed to maintaining our full staff. We have also applied for and received a special $2500 grant from the Maine Arts Commission and the City of Hallowell has selected the Harlow to receive a $3000 Hallowell Business Survival Grant. We are truly appreciative of both the Maine Arts Commission and the City of Hallowell for their support. These programs will provide a lifeline to carry us into summer.

Meanwhile, Gretchen and Allison have been very busy coordinating an online art auction to raise funds, creating a new website for the craft shop, redesigning the Harlow website, restructuring our database, and setting up Art2020, the juried show for online viewing.

The Board has been meeting regularly via Zoom, working on a plan for the future. As the Board reviews our financial situation, we are facing some hard truths. As the PPP loan funding runs out in mid​-July, we will only have enough cash on hand for another 2 months of operation. The Harlow does have a reserve from the sale of our building, invested with the Maine Community Foundation, but we are very hesitant to dip into that without a clear plan forward. We have reduced all operating expenses to a bare-bones level but without art sales or the prospect of any fundraising events, we cannot continue to operate as we have in the past. The Board is currently working on a new approach and structure that will hopefully afford us the opportunity to continue to serve Hallowell and the greater art community for another sixty years.

We believe The Harlow is important to Hallowell and to the region. We are overjoyed that the City of Hallowell has demonstrated their commitment to our organization. But, we require your input:
* What would you like The Harlow to look like and be?
* How can The Harlow offer what you need as an artist and as an art lover?
* How can the Harlow better serve the community of Hallowell and the greater Kennebec Valley region?
* How would you like to be involved – perhaps be on the board or one of our committees?

Please give this some thought and be a part of us re-creating The Harlow into a sustainable center for the arts in Kennebec Valley.

ZOOM MEETING DETAILS

Topic: Harlow Annual Meeting

Time: Jun 3, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

CLICK HERE TO JOIN: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86060128415

Meeting ID: 860 6012 8415

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Update from the Harlow Board

Dear Friend of the Harlow,

As I’m sure you’re aware, these are challenging times for everyone and every organization. We sincerely hope this letter finds you and your beloveds safe and healthy during this difficult time.

The Harlow has been physically closed for two months, and though the staff has been working to move our goods online, sales have been minimal and workshops and events have been canceled. However, we have good news. The Harlow staff and board have received a gracious amount of emergency funding. This includes the Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan through Camden Bank, which will be forgiven, as we are committed to maintaining our full staff. We have also applied for and received a special $2500 grant from the Maine Arts Commission and the City of Hallowell has selected the Harlow to receive a $3000 Hallowell Business Survival Grant. We are truly appreciative of both the Maine Arts Commission and the City of Hallowell for their support. These programs will provide a lifeline to carry us into summer.

Meanwhile, Gretchen and Allison have been very busy coordinating an online art auction to raise funds, creating a new website for the craft shop, redesigning the Harlow website, restructuring our database, and setting up Art2020, the juried show for online viewing. The 

Board has been meeting regularly via Zoom, working on a plan for the future. As the Board reviews our financial situation, we are facing some hard truths. As the PPP loan funding runs out in mid​-July, we will only have enough cash on hand for another 2 months of operation. The Harlow does have a reserve from the sale of our building, invested with the Maine Community Foundation, but we are very hesitant to dip into that without a clear plan forward. We have reduced all operating expenses to a bare-bones level but without art sales or the prospect of any fundraising events, we cannot continue to operate as we have in the past. The Board is currently working on a new approach and structure that will hopefully afford us the opportunity to continue to serve Hallowell and the greater art community for another sixty years. 

We believe The Harlow is important to Hallowell and to the region. We are overjoyed that the City of Hallowell has demonstrated their commitment to our organization. But, we require your input. What would you like The Harlow to look like and be? How can The Harlow offer what you need as an artist and as an art lover? How can the Harlow better serve the community of Hallowell and the greater Kennebec Valley region? How would you like to be involved – perhaps be on the board or one of our committees?

You can email your thoughts and suggestions (harlowgallery@gmail.com) or call us with input (207-622-3813). Better yet, you can join us at our annual meeting on June 3rd at 6 PM that will be held via Zoom. Zoom details will be sent out a week prior to the meeting and will be posted to our website and social media accounts. Please give this some thought and be a part of us re-creating The Harlow into a sustainable center for the arts in Kennebec Valley.

Happy Spring! We genuinely hope to see you at our annual meeting on June 3rd!

Helene Farrar, Board President
Barbara Coriell, Board Treasurer
Jane Higgins, Board Secretary
Lisa Rigolout, Board Member
Gretchen Marion, Executive Director
Allison McKeen, Programs + Marketing Manager

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NEW Harlow Craft Shop Online Store + Website

Cat mug by Maple Lane Pottery

We are so excited to share with you our brand new WEBSITE + ONLINE STORE for the Harlow Craft Shop.

Visit www.harlowcraftshop.org to check it out!

The site features an online shop as well as profile pages for each artist who sells their work with us. We are continuously working on populating these pages so make sure to check back often! 

We hope you’ll take a couple minutes to peruse our online shop, and head over to the artist profile pages to read about the inspiration, process, and background of the talented makers we represent.

Your support means so much during this strange and challenging time. 
It not only benefits our organization, but it supports the creative individuals behind each item. We encourage you to support your local artists – their work is sure to add some positivity to your everyday life.

Thank you. Enjoy!

Are you on instagram? Follow @harlow.craft.shop!

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Call for Art: Art2020, 25th Annual Juried Show

The Harlow invites artists to submit artwork to Art2020, the 25th annual juried show. Art2020 is open to all Maine artists and to any artist with a strong connection to Maine.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Art2020 is currently scheduled to open May 15th and be on view through June 20. If any schedule restrictions arise we will opt to postpone the show rather than cancel it. We encourage artists who have extra time at home to take the opportunity to work on their submission for this show and submit by April 8th!

DEADLINE | The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm on April 8, 2020.

JUROR | This year’s juror is Erin Hutton  an art advisor, curator, and founder of Erin Hutton Projects. For more than twenty years, she has immersed herself in the art world as an artist, educator, gallery director, curator, film production assistant, and designer. (READ MORE)

Original fine art in any media may be submitted, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, mixed media, ceramics, installation and more. Each artist may submit up to three works of art, which must be the artist’s own original work created within the last three years. Art that has been previously exhibited at the Harlow is not eligible.  All works entered must be original work by the submitting artist. Giclees and other reproductions are not eligible. 

LEARN MORE + SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES

 

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Maine Bicentennial: Call for Art Inspired by Original Maine State Seal

In celebration of the Maine state bicentennial The Harlow, in partnership with Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead, seek submissions of artwork inspired by the original Maine state seal. Submissions will be considered for an exhibition which will be held at the Vaughan Homestead. Submissions will be juried by staff members of The Harlow and Vaughan Homestead.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 20th, 2020 by 11:59pm. 

The exhibition will be on view inside the barn at the Vaughan Homestead in Hallowell from June 20th through the end of July, 2020 with an opening reception on June 20th which will coincide with the Homestead’s annual Garden Party. Learn more about the Vaughan Homestead at vaughanhomestead.org.

Artists are invited to submit work inspired by the elements of the original Maine state seal design including the northern star, the farmer, the mariner, the moose, and the white pine. Artists are encouraged to consider the themes represented in these elements such as agriculture, nature, the ocean, etc. The exhibition will serve as a tribute to Maine’s legacy as it honors and celebrates the themes that make up the State’s identity.

ELIGIBILITY & CRITERIA:
Artists may submit up to 4 works. All media welcome including but not limited to: painting, drawing, printmaking, encaustic, illustration, mixed media, photography, and more. The submitted piece must be an original work by the submitting artist. Artists should be residents of Maine at least part of the year or otherwise have a strong connection to the state. Artists submitting from out of state are responsible for the costs of shipping work to and from the Harlow. Please note that return shipping will be actual cost plus $20 to cover staff time. Work previously shown at the Harlow is not eligible. Only original or originally printed works will be admitted; reproductions such as photocopies and giclee prints are not acceptable. Works submitted should preferably have been created within the last five years. All 2 dimensional entries, with the exception of oils and acrylics, must be framed with either glass or plexiglass. Unframed canvases are fine, as long as they are gallery wrapped with no staples visible. Frames and canvases must be wired and ready to hang (ie. with two eye screws and steel wire). Saw-tooth hangers , “clip” frames or unstable frames are not acceptable for installation.

HISTORY OF THE MAINE STATE SEAL:
When Maine separated from Massachusetts one of the first actions of the newly established Legislature was to decide upon the Great Seal of Maine. Benjamin Vaughan, although not a legislative committee member, proposed the emblems, still in use today, which were first crudely drawn by one of his daughters, reportedly at the dining room table that sits in Vaughan Homestead to this day. In his proposal for the seal, Vaughan argues that residents of Maine should take pride in their “northern situation.” He wrote “we are the most northern state in the Union . . . yet what is an ordinary star for all other states becomes the north star for us.” He continues “Then grow great not by the power of the sun, but by [our] habits.” This northern identity is still alive and well in Maine. The primary elements of the seal are the northern star, the farmer, the mariner, the moose, and the white pine.

ABOUT VAUGHAN HOMESTEAD:
Settled in 1794, Vaughan Homestead was the residence of Benjamin and Sarah Vaughan and six generations of their descendants. With its sweeping view of the Kennebec River, rolling fields, lush gardens and towering forest, it remains much the same today as when it was built. Vaughan, a physician and British Parliamentarian, advised the Founding Fathers, supported the development of Maine and the City of Hallowell and encouraged new methods of agriculture throughout the region. For the next 200 years, his descendants lived in the house on the hill, grew their food, made repairs, built trails in the woods, weathered the bad times and celebrated the good. In 2002, the non-profit Vaughan Woods & Historic Homestead was established, and a new era of Homestead history began. Today, VWHH seeks to deepen people’s sense of place by providing access to the local natural landscape and programs that both promote an understanding of the past and build a connection to the community of today. Learn more at vaughanhomestead.org.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK:
1. Email your submission to harlowartsubmission@gmail.com.
2. Attach your jpg images to the email. (One image per artwork. For 3D work, you may submit more than one image for each work if you feel it will help to better understand the work.)
3. Include the following information in the body of your email:
Artist name:
Mailing address:
Phone number:
Email address:
Current member (yes/no):
For each of your 4 entries list the following information:
Title, Medium, Size (h x w, add depth if 3D), Year Created, Price** or Value if NFS (not for sale)
**The Harlow takes a 35% commission for pieces sold on behalf of current members, or 50% commission for non-members. Please price your work accordingly.
4. Pay the non-refundable entry fee of $30 for non-members and $15 for current members. The fee is per artist (not per work of art entered) and entitles you to submit up to 4 works of art.
Pay online here
or send a check payable to Harlow Gallery to:

The Harlow, 100 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347

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COVID-19 UPDATE: List of postponed, cancelled, extended programs

The Harlow is currently closed as guided by the recommendations of state and federal health authorities in order to keep our staff and community safe in the face of COVID-19. The gallery, craft shop, and office are closed to the public. Staff can be reached via email at harlowgallery@gmail.com.

Please continue to check our website and our facebook page often for updates as the situation evolves. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate and adapt to the situation, day by day.

Please see below for an updated schedule of upcoming programs.

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EXHIBITION: MAINE FLORA | THREE VIEWS
CANCELLED.
We sadly had to close the exhibition sooner than expected due to COVID-19. Please enjoy this virtual video tour: CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO

Thank you to our board president, Helene Farrar and her daughter Olympia, for putting this together – and thank you to our amazing Flora artists: Kathryn SB Davis, Laura Dunn, and Julia Einstein!

 
EXHIBITION: YOUNG AT ART | K-8 EXHIBITION
CANCELLED
We are certainly sad to miss the show this year and we want to thank the students and teachers for all the work they put into the artworks that were supposed to be included in this show.

 
Online exhibit: In an effort to honor our young artist’s work and keep them engaged with art during this time we will put the exhibit online (or as much of it as we can.) We are working with the teachers to get images of the artworks to put in an album on our Facebook page and website as virtual gallery. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ONLINE EXHIBITION.)

 
Online art class: Additionally, we will be offering an online art class lead by our board president, Helene Farrar, a wonderful artist and teacher. Once that video is ready it will be posted here as well as shared directly with our participating teachers and students. Additionally, any artworks created as a result of her class can be sent to us to post online as well.
 
 
EXHIBITION: ART2020 | 25TH ANNUAL JURIED SHOW
Art2020 was originally scheduled to be on view May 15-June 20. However, this is subject to change as we are adhering to the State’s instructions and regulations. We will keep you updated as this develops. Artists will be notified if their works were accepted or not by Wednesday, April 22. The notification date has been pushed back as the deadline has also been pushed forward. 
 
 
DEADLINES:
MAINE BICENTENNIAL | CALL FOR ART INSPIRED BY  ORIGINAL MAINE STATE SEAL
The deadline for submissions has been extended to 11:59pm on May 20th.
 

HARLOW CRAFT SHOP:
The Harlow Craft Shop recently launched a brand new website + online store! We are continuously working on updating the site with more content so make sure to check back often. We hope you’ll take a couple minutes to peruse our online shop, and head over to the artist profile pages to read about the inspiration, process, and background of the talented makers we represent. We encourage you to support your local artists – their work is sure to add some positivity to your everyday life. 
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE HARLOW CRAFT SHOP’S NEW WEBSITE + ONLINE STORE
 
 
WORKSHOPS:
Any workshop tuition fees that have already been paid for classes scheduled during our closure can be refunded, applied to a later workshop, or can be converted into a donation to support the Harlow. No further workshops are currently scheduled at this time.
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Maine Flora: Three Views: Kathryn SB Davis, Laura Dunn, Julia Einstein

We sadly had to close the exhibition sooner than expected due to COVID-19. Please enjoy this virtual video tour, put together by our wonderful board president Helene Farrar and her daughter Olympia. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO.

Please click here for an updated listing of postponed, cancelled, or extended programs.

The Harlow presents “Maine Flora: Three Views”, a three-person exhibition featuring Kathryn SB Davis, Laura Dunn, and Julia Einstein. The exhibition is on view February 28 – March 28 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Join us and meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, February 28, 5-7pm. The trio have a shared interest in the regional art scene, as well as in each other’s work. 

“Our goal is to invite viewers into an artful investigation into the flora of Maine. We will share how we documented our explorations, inspirations, process, and surprises as this will be a critical part of exhibition experience.”

Each artist works in three different media, painting, printmaking and photography, and will each create a body of work inspired by the flora of Maine. This subject will be handled differently: from a Zen practice, a study in exploration, to “flower portraits.” The exhibition will be the result of a collaboration in studio practices. The process of making will also be on display. 

In her contemplation on impermanence, Kathryn SB Davis has spent hundreds if not thousands of hours exploring those places and moments where beauty comes into being and passes away. In each image, the artist aims to capture some small still point and intentionally allows the rest of detail to soften, suggesting motion of change however large or small in the subject. 

Laura Dunn creates multiples of modern botanicals.  Her process is of investigation into and experimentation with a shape drawn from life and repeated, repositioned, and changed by chance. She uses the medium of printing, as well as ceramics,  to explore the simple within the complex. It is both an intuitive and fantastic way to understand nature. 

Julia Einstein makes paintings as if walking into a garden room with an artist’s eye onto nature in vivid compositions, elegant arrangements, and painterly surfaces. The artist refers to these paintings as “flower portraits” as the flowers sit as if on a stage for a quick capture of a flower’s gesture & bouquets with a bit of wildness, arranged for dramatic effect. 

In co​njunction with the exhibit the Harlow is also hosting a workshop on Saturday, March 14, from 10am-1pm: “Behind the Scenes with Maine Flora: Three Views”. Join us for an immersive, inspirational, and educational session with Kathryn SB Davis, Laura Dunn, and Julia Einstein, the artists behind Maine Flora: Three Views. During the workshop the artists will share inspiration with the group, giving demonstrations and delving into the creative process behind the body of work on display.

This Springtime workshop coincides with the season of growth, both in the physical and inner worlds; it serves as an opportunity to connect and engage on a more in-depth level art and the process behind it. The group will go behind-the-scenes of the artists’ creative process and come away with fresh perspectives and inspiration for future projects. It will be a small group, limited to 12 participants with lots of opportunity for creative conversation and questions. Participants are encouraged to bring a sketchbook or notebook and to take photos.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE

The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists, and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. 

The Harlow is supported by the City of HallowellDirigo Capital AdvisorsKennebec Savings Bank, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members. 2019 Season Sponsors are Camden National BankCapitol Dental CareChris Walters Productions, Great Gatherings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law and Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe. Programming is funded in part by the Maine Community Foundation, the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

    

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17th Annual Young at Art K-8 (Online Exhibition)

 

Our 17th Annual Young at Art (K-8 Exhibition) has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

We are certainly sad to miss the show this year and we want to thank the students and teachers for all the work they put into the artworks that were supposed to be included in this show.

Online exhibit: In an effort to honor our young artist’s work and keep them engaged with art during this time we have put together an online exhibition. We’ll continue to add more images as they are received. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ONLINE EXHIBIT ON FACEBOOK

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ONLINE EXHIBIT ON GOOGLE
(FOR NON FACEBOOK USERS)

Online art class: Additionally, we will be offering an online art class lead by our board president, Helene Farrar, a wonderful artist and teacher. Once that video is ready it will be posted here as well as shared directly with our participating teachers and students.
Additionally, any artworks created as a result of her class can be sent to us to post online as well.

2020 marks the 17th year for the Harlow’s annual Young at Art K-8 Exhibition. The show had originally been scheduled for April 4-May 9 but has been cancelled due to the growing COVID-19 outbreak. Each year The Harlow invites art teachers from elementary and middle schools from throughout the greater Augusta area to select their best student art to showcase in this community celebration of talented art students and of the importance of arts in education.