Barbara Loken: 50 Years of Art



The Harlow is offering 20% off all art sales during the last week of Barbara Loken’s 50 years of Art. She has created a multitude of beautiful, original artworks over the years and would love your help in giving these pieces a new home. When you buy art you not only get to bring something beautiful and meaningful into your home but you also help to keep the Harlow going while supporting the local creative community. 

The Harlow presents “50 Years of Art”, a retrospective exhibition highlighting the work of local artist and art educator Barbara Loken. 50 Years of Art is on view February 15-March 23, 2019 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. An opening reception featuring live music performed by the artist will be held on Friday, February 15, 5-7pm.

50 Years of Art shows celebrates the rich variety of work Loken has created over the years and how it has changed, depending on circumstances, new techniques learned, and combinations of materials used. The exhibition features a vibrant range media including watercolor, pottery, mixed media paintings, songwriting, printmaking, batik, and more.

Barbara Loken describes her background and inspiration as an artist: “I started out in college doing watercolors. After college I did two summer sessions at the International School of Art in Salzburg, Austria where I was exposed to lots of new ideas. I traveled around the Middle East, spent a few months in Jerusalem, Jordan and then a few months in Israel always sketching and learning about lots of different art. I returned to Italy where I spent another year living in Sicily where I sketched, drew and painted fishermen, cactus, and markets and learned Italian and lots of Sicilian songs. Returning to Minnesota, I taught a year at St Olaf College, where I met and married Neal and continued to paint and did some silk-screening and Batik. Neal, my husband, and I set off to see the world in 1970, backpacking across Asia. It took us a year to cross countries including Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong-Kong.  When we finally got to Japan, Neal found a Japanese potter to work with and I studied with a Japanese Woodblock artist. I often wrote songs about the places we visited, which later became a whole series of “song pots” when we returned home and started our pottery studio. Our studio first started in Minnesota and then when we moved to Maine, where I taught art at Hall-Dale High School for twenty years, and we both continued to develop Loken Pottery. This exhibition includes pieces from many of these periods.”

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. 

Barb Loken’s retrospective was made possible by our top annual appeal donors Richard Bachelder, Jane O’Rourke & Joan Sturmthal.

The Harlow is supported by Camden National Bank, the City of HallowellKennebec Savings BankThe Liberal Cup and The Maine House, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members.


Season Sponsors for 2018 are Book Orchard PressCapitol Dental CareChris Walters Productions, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Great Gatherings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at LawScrummy Afters Candy ShoppeSlates Restaurant and Target Electric Corporation.

Programming is funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.