ArtTalk on Chalk

Join us on Thursday, October 13, from 7-8:30pm for an ArtTalk with Chalk artists, Peter Precourt and Luc Demers. October’s exhibition at the Harlow, entitled “Chalk”, is a collaborative exhibition of interdisciplinary two dimensional blackboard/chalk based images. The gallery talk will address the exhibition and the relationship between the blackboard and the photograph in relation to nostalgia, and to the past and present. The main focus will be on the collaborative process – which, in the case of Chalk, is extended to the community. At the ArtTalk, Demers and Precourt will engage the audience with a prompt, and then encourage participants to make or change work on at least one blackboard in the exhibition. The artists will document that process and incorporate the resulting photographs into the exhibition the following week. So, if you go to talk, you might get to be part of the show!

Monthly ArtTalks at the Harlow have been made possible by generous support from The Bank of Maine.


Chalk, the exhibition on view at the Harlow Gallery through October 29th, has both interactive and site based elements. The exhibition features new and un-exhibited photographs, paintings, and chalk drawings on a variety of surfaces, all created collaboratively by Demers and Precourt. According to the artists, “The chalkboard is an object loaded with cultural significance and collective memory: it is simultaneously a place authority and anxiety, questions and answers, past and present. If you are over thirty, you can look at the slate and close your eyes, you can still hear the screech of new chalk across a board, the clack of a dropped piece and the feel of clapped eraser dust rising to your nose.

For the past two years, Luc Demers has been salvaging and restoring blackboards, making chalk drawings on them with such divergent references as the night sky, Galileo’s stars, and Abstract Expressionism, and then photographing those drawings. They hover between abstraction and representation and address the vast depth of sky space and the flatness of the blackboard. Find out more at

Peter Precourt has been making tactile oil paintings, encaustic paintings and monotypes with a focus on lessons learned inside and outside the classroom for over a decade. Learn more at