Art2012 award winning artists

The Kennebec Valley Art Association proudly announces the award-winning artists for Art2012, on view at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell through June 2nd.  The KVAA’s annual juried show (now in its seventeenth year!) draws artists to Hallowell from all over the state of Maine. 55 works of art by 49 artists were juried into the exhibition, out of a total of 296 works of art submitted by 103 artists.  This years’ jurors where Luc Demers and Amy Stacey Curtis.

Special  thanks to Kennebec Savings Bank for sponsoring Art2012, and to this year’s season sponsors, Kennebec Savings Bank, Dead River Company and the Bank of Maine for helping to make Art2012 and much more possible.  This year’s programming at the Harlow Gallery have been made possible by a grant from the Quimby Family Foundation.

Prizes where awarded at the opening celebration on Friday, May 11th as follows:

Best in Show! a cash prize of $500 contributed by the Wolfington Group of Augusta was awarded to Megan Daigle of Farmingdale for her screen print and etching entitled “Luke”.
“Megan Daigle has wonderfully combined the printing techniques of silkscreening and etching in her piece “Luke”. We were both drawn to the piece immediately both for its mundane subject–the random notebook page–and the fact that we were both unsure of what it says above its namesake. It is a piece one could return to day after day for years to see and read something new.” ~  Luc Demers and Amy Stacey Curtis

Second Prize a cash prize of $250 ponsored by DownEast Energy of Hallowell was awarded to Hanji Chang of Lincolnville for her acrylic paintings,  “Chairman Meow” and “General Tso’s Chicken”
“Hanji Chang’s General Tso’s Chicken and Chairman Meow, are two works we felt needed to be recognized for their satire, color, and execution. We also both loved the element of collage with the addition of the sticker. “ ~  Luc Demers and Amy Stacey Curtis


Third Prize $150 sponsored by The Bank of Maine of Hallowell was awarded to Larinda Meade of Portland for her dry point intaglio print entitled “Land”
” Larinda Meade’s Land, is an exquisite and sensitive, Intaglio print, astutely executed and beautifully rendered. “
~ Luc Demers and Amy Stacey Curtis


Juror’s Choice prize of $150 sponsored by Macomber, Farr and Whitten Insurance Services of Augusta: Amy Stacey Curtis chose Lloyd Ferris’s photographic panarama entitled “Baker’s Smelt Camps”.  Ferris lives in Richmond.
“I love sequence in singular works; so I was naturally drawn to Lloyd Ferriss’ Baker’s Smelt Shack. I appreciate the thoughtfulness that went into which photos would be adjacent, the way shack corners and lines meet, the characters, the culture, and the depth.” ~ Amy Stacey Curtis


Juror’s Choice prize of $150 sponsored by Digital ImageWorks of Waterville: Luc Demers awarded his Juror’s Choice prize  to Claudia Brahms of Hallowell for her monotype with pastel entitled “Red Sky”
“Though not the boldest piece in the show I found myself returning again and again to this wonderful little gem. Its bright colors and small-scale demand  intimate attention as abstract forms give way to a landscape. “ ~ Luc Demers


The Shortcake Ferris Award for best depiction of an animal, a $50 cash prize
goes to Patricia King of Waterville for her digital inkjet print entitled “girl with lions and tigers”


Honorable Mention winners were awarded gift certificates donated by these fine area businesses: Brahms Mount of Hallowell, Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, The Framemakers of Waterville, Gosline’s Hardware of Farmingdale, Grand Central Cafe of Waterville, Rail Road Square Cinema of Waterville, Slates Restaurant and Bakery of Hallowell.  Award winners are as follows:

Cynthia Ahlstrin of Winthrop for her sculpture entitled “Every Shoe Tells a Story”

Wendy Burton of Oakland for her ceramic sculpture entitled “Tree Box with Red Stripe”

Ross Grams of Vienna for his oil on panel entitled “Down the Road”

Ed McCartan of Brunswick for his acrylic on paper entitled “Open the Gate”

Bob Richardson of Washington for his mixed media on paper entitled “02.03.12”

Jodi Williams of West Gardiner for her collage entitled “Turning”

During the exhibition gallery visitors are asked to help determine the winner of two additional prizes: the 1st place People’s Choice Award (a $100 cash sponsored by The Animal Wellness Center of Augusta), and 2nd place People’s Choice Award (a one year artist’s membership to the Kennebec Valley Art Association) will be awarded at the end of the exhibition based on popular vote. Visit the gallery and vote for your favorite!

Luc Demers is an artist living in Southern Maine. In the early nineties he studied art at USM, completing the BFA program with a concentration in photography.  In 1994, while continuing to pursue his personal work, he began working as a commercial photographer as well as shooting editorial work for The Casco Bay Weekly and The Maine Times. In 2010 he earned his MFA in Visual Art at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently, Demers is an exhibiting artist as well as an adjunct instructor at the University of Maine at Augusta teaching art.   Visit Luc’s website at

In 1998, Amy Stacey Curtis began an 18-year commitment to art-making, a project which would culminate through 9 solo-biennial exhibits from the year 2000 to the year 2016. In the end, Curtis will have installed 81 large-in-scope, interactive installation and new-media works in the vast mills of 8 or 9 Maine, USA towns. Each solo-biennial exhibit is a 22-month process, each exhibit exploring a different theme while requiring audience to perpetuate its multiple installations. The Maine Arts Commission’s 2005 Individual Artist Fellow for Visual Art, Curtis has committed to this work to convey that we are a part of a whole, that everyone and everything is connected and affects. Curtis’s seventh of nine solo biennials, SPACE, will take place October 6-26, 2012 throughout 30,000+ square feet of one of Maine’s vast abandoned mills or other industrial spaces. Learn more by visiting