Art at Home in Hallowell


Saturday, September 10, 2011, 10am – 2pm

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event.  To reserve yours, call the Harlow Gallery at 207-622-3813, or email

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Visit historic downtown Hallowell on Saturday, September 10th to experience ‘Art at Home’.  This new collaborative event offers a self guided tour of seven residences with private art collections. The participating homes, all in or near downtown Hallowell, were selected to showcase not only their residents’ art collections, but also their relationships with their art, and how art and living space are integrated.

The featured homes represent diverse collections of two and three-dimensional art, ranging from works by local Hallowell artists to unique architecture to life long collections. “This goes beyond art on view at a gallery or in a museum,” says Dawn Gallagher, who with her husband Phil Lindley will be welcoming tour visitors to view their eclectic art collections. “Art is transformed within the context of a home, and it transforms the home as well. The room itself becomes an art composition, reflecting who lives there.”

Art at Home Ticket holders will be invited into the following seven Hallowell homes:

The DeBruin Collection: Rick and Michelle DeBruin were delighted to relocate recently from Augusta into a charmingly renovated Hallowell apartment. Michelle, a fiber artist working with wool, and Rick, who enjoys creating buildings in bottles, have surrounded themselves with a variety of original artwork by others they admire, especially contemporary local artists, as well as with their own pieces. Works in various media– many acquired at the Harlow– line the walls of the rear interior stairway to as well as inside their cosy apartment.

The Gallagher/Lindley Collection: Every room in their home is not just a place to display art but a work of art in its own right, says Dawn Gallagher of the 1874 residence she shares with her husband Phil Lindley and their two golden retrievers. Visitors will see a collection of work by primitive Maine artist Olive Smith, who began painting at the age of 80, a superb collection of samplers painstakingly stitched by young women and little girls whose needlework skills occasionally (and charmingly) surpassed their knowledge of the alphabet, and much more.

The Morrow/Haley Collection: Rick Morrow moved into a charming downtown Hallowell apartment sixteen years ago, and has been collecting art– much of it by local artists– ever since. The lovely wooden beam and exposed brick interior is the perfect foil for familiar and timeless scenes of the historic city and some of its iconic venues, such as the old Slates Restaurant, and City Hall, as well as special occasions like Old Hallowell Day. Sharing space here are wonderful, nostalgic scenes of familiar places by Skolfield, Poirier, Paul Plumer, along with more contemporary work by Rick’s roommate photographer Bill Haley, as well as Rick’s own emerging work.

The Paradis Collection: Cindy and Irv Paradis have filled their historic landmark home, once the residence of Dr. John Hubbard (Hallowell physician, and Governor of Maine from 1850 to 1853), with tangible memories of places they have lived and visited. The Paradis’ home is affectionately decorated with colonial era fine craft including hooked rugs and theorems by her late mother, Kathleen Fox, as well as finds from decades of auctions and the couple’s extensive travels across the country and abroad. Southwestern paintings and prints share the spotlight with South American textiles, Cherokee decorated gourds, and even a large handsomely framed sheet of rice paper from Japan.

The Perry Collection: Katy Perry’s collection includes works by a number of early KVAA members including Antoinette Tardiff and Louise Davies Webber; sublime sculptures by Leo Marcus, vibrant PEI landscapes by Edson Labrack, and Marc Poirier’s poignant tryptich of the old Hallowell granite sheds, now gone, and much more.

The Vallee Collection: At Chris Vallee’s renovated historic open loft home above his real estate office, exposed brick walls and the former Granite Lodge Knights of Pythias stage form a dramatic backdrop for an impressive art collection, comprising 28 original works of art. Graceful windows overlooking the Kennebec provide abundant natural light to set off intricate Thai, African and Japanese carvings. Many local artists are represented in this wonderfully diverse collection.

The Vaughan Homestead Collection: Historic Vaughn Homestead has a variety of art work on permanent, and rotating, display. Sculptures, watercolors, oils, photographs and “objects” made by people from many generations of artists are a daily reminder of the creativity that has always existed. Several of the artists live, or used to live in Hallowell, and the images are from, or inspired by, the local area – Vaughan Woods, the Kennebec, and Mt. Katahdin. Wood classes are currently being taught in the shop on the Homestead grounds.

“Art at Home” ticket holders will be encouraged to “make a day of it”, and will be offered special discounts at select Hallowell businesses. A detailed program guide will provide a map, information on the Art at Home locations and a list of participating businesses. In addition, ticket holders will be entered in a random prize drawing for one of three original pieces of artwork on the day of the event. The drawing will take place at the Harlow Gallery at 4:00pm, and ticketholders must be present to win. Ticket prices are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please contact the Harlow Gallery at 622-3813 or


Art at Home has been made possible with support from our media sponsor, The Kennebec Journal


Exhibitions and events at the Harlow Gallery have been made possible by our season sponsors, The Bank of Maine, Dead River Company and Kennebec Savings Bank, by a generous grant from the Quimby Family Foundation and by support from Mr. Brooks Harlow Jr., and the city of Hallowell.