“Care for Your Child”: Winning Artists Announced


P10202222On Saturday, October 3rd, 12 Maine artists won cash awards for excellence at the opening the Harlow Gallery’s October art exhibition.  “Care for Your Child” features paintings, photography and sculpture by Maine artists, all on the theme of caring for children.  The jurors for Care for Your Child are two nationally recognized artists, Nancy Wissemann-Widrig and John Wissemann, both of Cushing, Maine and New York. The jurors selected the winners of twelve cash prizes totaling $3,750, which were awarded as follows, all are on view at the Harlow Gallery through October 25:

First Prize, with a cash award of $1,000 was awarded to Nancy Glassman of Lincolnville for her watercolor entitled “Family Snapshots”.  Glassman’s work has been reproduced on a poster which is being distributed to hospitals, doctors’ offices, town offices and libraries across the State of Maine.  (To request a poster, please contact Project Coordinator Franciska Needham at 207-563-1227, or franciskaart@juno.com.)






Second Prize, with a cash award of $750 was awarded to Debra Arter of Damariscotta for her monotype print entitled “Connections”

Third Prize, with a cash award of $500 was awarded to Alex Gridziejko of Camden for his watercolor entitled “The Kiss”



Four fourth prizes of $250 each were awarded to the following:  Anita Hard of Hallowell for her Oil painting entitled “Dad!!!”; A. Sienna Dode of Bath for her Watercolor entitled “Sunset Piggyback’n”; Eileen Kerr of Winthrop for her Mixed Media work entitled “Assemble Together”; and Genevieve Monks Keller of Whitefield for her acrylic painting entitled “Favorite Story”.

Five fifth prizes with of $100 each were awarded to the following: Iver Lofving of Skowhegan for his reduction block print entitled “The Next Generation”; Petrea Noyes of Brooks for her mixed media painting entitled “Mela and Maddie”; Don Stratton of Augusta for his photograph entitled “Beans and Pickle”; Jennifer McKendry of Hallowell for her acrylic painting entitled “Country Fair”; and Hillary Steinau of Camden for her photograph entitled “Fading Light”.

Half the work juried into Care for Your Child is now on view at Round Top Farm in Damariscotta, along with work by the jurors and by Franciska Needham, the project organizer. Exhibitions at both venues will run from October 2nd through October 25th, 2009.  An all day open house at Round Top Farm, which is owned and operated by the Damariscotta River Association will be held on Saturday, October 10th from 11 am to 5 pm during Damariscotta’s Pumpkin Festival.

Care for Your Child features visual images of our children which the viewer may relate to in their everyday life. The idea for Care for Your Child as an art exhibit came from statistical information from the Department of Human Services in the State of Maine, citing that approximately 14,000 children each year are reported to be abused or maltreated in our state. In response to this Franciska Needham of Damariscotta came up with a plan organize Care for Your Child as a way to inspire and promote positive care giving. Art through the ages has given us all the best response to what is good within our hearts and it is hoped this exhibit will do the same around the subject of caring for children.  Additional information may be had by contacting the Harlow Gallery at 207 – 622-3813 or by email at harlowgallery@gmail.com, or contact Project Coordinator: Franciska Needham at 207-563-1227, or franciskaart@juno.com.