Art2017 Prize Winners

2017 Best in Show | Harrison Walker | “Portals”

The Harlow Gallery has announced the award-winning artists for Art2017, the 22nd annual juried art show on view May 12  through June 24, 2017. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6pm. Harlow Gallery‘s annual juried show is a tradition that draws artists to Hallowell from all over the state.

This year’s juror is Corey Daniels, curator and owner of the Corey Daniels Gallery in Wells, Maine. The Corey Daniels Gallery exhibits a synthesis of found art and objects with contemporary artwork by emerging and mid-career artists working in diverse practices. Drawn to objects with intrinsically compelling qualities, Corey Daniels collects and presents paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and utilitarian objects with a refined eye for patina, texture, and form.

Prizes were awarded at the opening reception on Friday, May 12th as follows:

Best in Show and a $500 cash prize sponsored by The Marketplace at Augusta was awarded to Harrison Walker of Rockport for his series entitled “Portals.” Medium: found images and objects, acrylic paint, charcoal, conte crayon, cyanotype, etching ink, film developer, graphite, gum bichromate, liquid light emulsion, lithographic ink, paper, pencil, pigments, sodium carbonate, silver nitrate, tannic acid, van dyke brown, and wax. Corey Daniels wrote, “Harrison Walker’s work is absolutely stunning, from the simplicity of the composition to the depth of the different surfaces Walker manages to coax out of experimental photographic processes. Encountering this series is one of the single-most exciting artistic finds in recent memory.”

left: photo courtesy of Harrison Walker, Right: photo by Allison McKeen

Second Place, with a $250 cash prize sponsored by McKee Law was awarded to Nancy Bixler of Hallowell for her graphite mixed media piece entitled “Invisible Cities II”. Corey Daniels stated, “Nancy Bixler’s muted tones and subtle surfaces invite slow, quiet observation. There is an industrial feel to this work, as well as the sense of accomplished and thoughtful restraint.”

Photos by Allison McKeen

Juror’s Choice Prize, and a $200 cash prize sponsored by the Maine Film Center was awarded to Oliver Solmitz of Bethel for his untitled sculpture in welded steel and paint. Corey Daniels describes Oliver Solmitz’s steel work as “…an accomplished geometric piece. Not enough artists in Maine are working in steel on any scale. The surfaces and intersections within this work are spot on.”

Photos by Allison McKeen

Third Place, with a $100 cash prize sponsored by M.J. Bouton Contracting went to Andrew Elijah Edwards of Topsham for his untitled video. Daniels wrote that “Andrew Elijah Edwards’ video piece brings a hypnotic kind of calm to the space. The slowing of time is cathartic and the silence oddly comforting.”

Photo by Allison McKeen | Click here to watch the video

The following artists were awarded Honorable Mentions:

Michele Caron of Buxton for her pieces “Take Flight” and “Hold Open”, which are acrylic, ink and gesso on panel. Corey Daniels wrote “Michele Caron’s submissions are expertly executed geometric works. Her surfaces and palette are impeccable.”

Photo by Allison McKeen

Lisa Evans of Portland for her ceramic piece entitled “Ancient Script I”, wood fired with salt, ash and oxide. Corey Daniels stated “Lisa Evans’ submission is a beautiful little object. It has Japanese influence, a gorgeous glaze, and is quite simply well-potted.”

Photos by Allison McKeen

Abe Goodale of Camden for his watercolors entitled “Fishing Fog” and “The Islander”. Corey Daniels wrote that “Abe Goodale’s watercolors offer a compelling interplay of careful rendering and simply allowing the paint to flow into abstraction. The use of light in these pieces is particularly striking and each work is incredibly well done.”

Photos by Allison McKeen

Liza Stratton of South Portland for her sculpture entitled “freedom”, created out of packing tape, fabric stiffener, wooden dowel and an American flag. Corey Daniels stated  “Liza Stratton’s work is decidedly of this moment, emblematic of a time when it is increasingly difficult to fathom the political climate in which we find ourselves. Her craftsmanship is equally impressive.”

Photos by Allison McKeen

During the exhibition at the Harlow Gallery, visitors are asked to help determine the winners of the People’s Choice Award, which comes with a $100 cash prize sponsored by The Animal Wellness Center of Augusta to be awarded by popular vote at the end of the exhibition.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6pm.

Exhibitions at the Harlow Gallery are underwritten by our Patron of the Arts sponsor Camden National Bank, and by our season sponsors Capitol Dental Care, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Kennebec Savings Bank, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, Slates Restaurant and the City of Hallowell.

The Harlow Gallery, home of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, is a membership based 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.

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