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Cheryl Miller’s 46 Million Turkey Project Written Up in the Huffington Post

Congratulations Cheryl Miller for receiving a grant from the Pollination Project in support of the 46 Million Turkeys Project, coming soon to the Harlow.

Artist Cheryl Miller’s life was changed while working at Farm Sanctuary in upstate New York. She found particular meaning in the sanctuary’s annual celebration of Thanksgiving, where turkeys aren’t on the menu: They are the guests of honor. This year, she is organizing a community-sourced art project, 46millionturkeys, to recognize the estimated 46 million turkeys killed and eaten each year for Thanksgiving. Cheryl is collecting 46 million mini works of art, in media and techniques from paints and pencils to clay, origami and fabric, representing turkeys. All artists and non-artists are invited to participate and submit their work, and during the week of Thanksgiving, it will be displayed at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine.”  —   – Founder and President, The Pollination Project, writing for the Huffington Post. Click here to read the full blog post.

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BLOGGED: on the 46 Million Turkey Project

By Keri Cronin — August 23, 2013 blogging at

The number of turkeys who are raised each year for meat in North America is staggering. For Thanksgiving dinners alone, an estimated 46 million turkeys are slaughtered in the United States, with another three million killed as part of Canadian Thanksgiving traditions. Unlike Dark Wing and Plucky, the turkeys raised to be part of these holiday meals live in cramped and horrendous conditions. They are unnamed and hidden from view until after they are killed, their body parts plucked and packaged up for sale. Most people rarely give a thought to these birds, but Cheryl Miller, the founder of a unique new art project called 46millionturkeys, aims to change that.”  

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BLOGGED: Friends and Mentors

Maine Arts Commission:

“February marks the two year anniversary of a friendship and artistic collaboration between artists Jamie Ribisi-Braley and Kim Christensen.”

“… they applied as a team for “Community Supporting Art,” a project sponsored by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, and partially funded by the Maine Arts Commission. During the project, fourteen artists were paired with thirteen central Maine farms, and asked to respond to the 2012 growing season. Ribisi-Braley and Christensen were paired with Wholesome Holmstead in Winthrop, where they created art based on their experiences on the farm. The process, says Ribisi-Braley, was about learning to be artists in the community.”  click to read more


Kim Christensen & Jamie Ribisi-Braley
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Project book for CSA: Community Supporting Arts available online



Buy online at MagCloud – $25 for print version (you get the digital version FREE); digital version only $4.30.

You can also VIEW the entire book at MagCloud!  Designed by Chris Cart of g-Blu design








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December 5, 2012

Harlow Gallery

“While walking to my car after a meeting last Friday evening in Hallowell I was glad to see that the Harlow Gallery was open. I walked into the warm space that was alive with small artwork and the many people in attendance were buzzing with conversation. I was greeted at the door by Lisa Wheeler who kindly agreed to write a blog post on the event. The exhibit goes through December 8th. In Lisa’s words…”  Read More!

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BLOGGED: Poetry by Maryli Tiemann, Linda Aldrich, and Jim Breslin

posted October 8, 2012 on

“There was a full house at the lovely Harlow Gallery in Hallowell (conveniently close to my house), where poets Ted and Ruth Bookey organize monthly readings. I chatted with David and Maryli and mingled with their friends until we took our seats and heard from Jim Breslin. I loved his brief, rhyming poems. I was surprised by how much he could say in so few sentences. “

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Maryli at Harlow Gallery may 2012
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an excerpt from Extremes on April 8, 2012

“The high points this past week included joining my husband and other great Maine artists and poets at the opening reception for Occupy Art!at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. The exhibit was a culmination of the dedication and hard work of artist organizers Natasha Mayers,Robert ShetterlyKenny Cole, Nora Tyron, Code Pink activist Lisa Savage, and several Maine artists who participated in the UMVA Draw-A-Thons over the past two years.” read full blog entry here

an excerpt from Fiddleheads, Friends, and Film on April 29, 2012

“Last Thursday afternoon we hit the road for Hallowell where we planned to show the Lubec Arts Alive film at the Harlow Gallery. We made it to town with only minutes to spare before the event and luckily all went off without a hitch. Nancy, who oversees programming at the gallery, had already set-up the seating and projector. I don’t think I will ever get tired of seeing the film and it always gets me a bit teary-eyed at the end.” read full blog entry here

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BLOGGED: Argy Nestor at the Maine Department of Ed


Harlow Gallery: Hallowell

March 19, 2012

Harlow Gallery working with visual art educators

Nancy Barron, Program Director at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell has helped to create a connection with local visual art educators to form a group called Art Educators’ Initiative. Recently Nancy answered questions for meartsed readers. Since this is a great model for other communities please share this post with your local galleries so they can think of possibilities for communities throughout Maine.   Read more…


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BLOGGED: ComposiMold on Callithump!

posted March 24, 2012 at

“… The Protos are dear to our hearts already because they were each cast using ComposiMold products! Don’t miss the chance to adopt one of your very own and to see yet another awesome application of our product! …” Read more.

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BLOGGED: Young at Art highlighted by Argy Nestor

March 14, 2012

Youth Art Month Exhibits From Portland to Hallowell to Bangor to Presque Isle

Celebrating Youth Art Month with student art exhibits throughout the state.

About Argy’s Blog

“The purpose of this blog is to communicate what’s happening in Arts Education. This forum gives you the opportunity to not only read, but invites you to join the conversation by writing and sharing your expertise. It is essential that we collaborate, listen and learn from each other in order to improve teaching and learning in Arts Education in Maine and beyond.”

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by curator Johanna Moore


On the missing Maine Labor Mural: Deb Fahy’s open letter to the KJ

Visit to read many other statements, news articles and much more about the Maine Labor Mural.

The process for selecting and placing public art is a democratic one, especially when it is paid for by public money as Judy Taylor’s “History of Maine Labor” mural was, under the Percent for Art Program. With a little research online I discovered that the Maine Arts Commission released an RFP which resulted in over 100 submissions, and oversaw the process whereby Maine artist Judy Taylor was selected out of three finalists by a volunteer panel of arts professionals and community members. The artist spent a full year designing and crafting the 7 foot high by 35 foot long mural. She and Charles Scontras, a professor of history at the University of Maine, spent untold hours researching Maine’s labor history. Press from the time of its installation in the summer of 2008, describe the mural as a source of pride and inspiration for staff at the Department of Labor. The subject matter is a visual montage representing factual moments in the history of labor in Maine. It is an aesthetically excellent, beautifully crafted work of art.

Where is our democratic process when a few anonymous complaints can undo all of that? The mural needs to stay right where it is, in the space it was designed for.

Deb Fahy
Executive Director
Harlow Gallery
Kennebec Valley Art Association

I got a call from the Maine Arts Commission after this letter ran in the Kennebec Journal on April 8, 2011, regarding factual errors in my letter. My sources were an assortment of press clippings from June 2008 posted on the Maine State Employee Association website (in the Bulletin Board File Box section). The articles were part of a press release inviting the public to view the mural on August 22, 2008.

According to the Maine Arts Commission, the correct facts are as follows:

1. There were 18 entries to the original call for art, not hundreds.
2. It was not a percent for the art project; rather the Maine Arts Commission used the percent for the art process to select the mural which was paid for by labor money, a federal grant and private dollars.

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Interview with Carlton Plummer, A.W.S.

Visit the Maine Gallery & Studio Guide to listen to an interview with Carlton Plummer! Don’t miss his 50-year retrospective exhibition opening tonight at the Harlow Gallery.


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A Matter of Conscience – March 19-28, 2010

A Matter of Conscience, a juried exhibition of 3-D artwork and sculpture by Maine high school age artists, will be on view at the Harlow Gallery for the last two weeks in March 2010. The show will run from March 19-28, 2010, with an opening celebration on Friday, March 19, 5 to 8 p.m.  Five cash prizes will be awarded at 6pm.  The public is invited to meet the artists on opening night; refreshments will be served.

The opening will be followed by an artist’s talk by juror Cheryl Harper from 8-9pm.  A Matter of Conscience has been made possible by a generous grant from the Evergreen Foundation.

This juried show challenged Maine high school artists to create art about issues they feel strongly about. Please be advised that this show is “PG-13” and parents are encouraged to preview the exhibition before bringing young children.


The idea for this special exhibition originated with Cheryl Herr-Rains, art teacher at Gardiner Area High School and project coordinator for A Matter of Conscience.  Students were asked to create works of art addressing a social issue they feel strongly about. Entries from groups were welcome, providing all artists are between the ages of 14-18.   Full entry details can be viewed online at Art work and artist statements can be viewed online now at the Harlow Gallery’s blog site for high school artists:


A list of participating artists and schools follows:

Brunswick HS: Maria Polky, Cody Doyton and Thomas Wakely

Auburn HS (group entry, Terri Wentzel’s art students): Tyler Bazinet, Kate Belanger, Cameron Bennett, Richard Deschaine, Emily Fortier, Heather Hinkley, Megan Howes, Daniel   Humphrey, Josh Libby, Rachel Raczynski and Arianna St. Hiliaire

Gardiner Area HS: Annah Kimball, Emily Kozma, Helen Mohney and Kijana Plenderleith

Hall-Dale HS: Emily Baker, Megan Daigle, Laura MacDonald, Anais Truman and Whitney Wei

Lawrence HS: Liza Stratton

Lewiston HS: Rebecca Spilecki

Marancook HS: Maggie Ditre and Irene Frey

MonmouthAcademy (and homeschooled): Chelsea St. Pierre

Mt.Ararat HS: Alex Spies

Rockland District HS (group entry by Heidi Locke-Talbot’s art students): Julia Burch, Olivia Carver, Chelsea Hawksley, Sarah Henry, Eve Hupper, Brooke Lowell, Melissa Rahkonen, Dakota Rhodes, Laura Swanson, Peter Talbot and Alex Young

Peace Jam Group at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Augusta, led by Karen Fisk: Emily Baker, Ben Barnes, Nick Barnes, Tyler Bazinet, Kate Belanger, Cameron Bennett, Maya Bentley, Julia Burch, Olivia Carver, Keily Chaisson, Richard Deschaine, Maria Donisvitch, Connor Fahy, Emily Fortier, Vanessa Gilbert, Kathie Gilbert, Chelsea Hawksley, Christin Heath, Sarah Henry, Heather Hinkley, Megan Howes, Daniel  Humphrey, Eve Hupper, Gracie Kavenah, Josh Libby, Brooke Lowell, Katelyn McAufiffe, James McAuliffe, Cale Mendall, J’rea Mendall, Miriam Nielsen, Sean Oshima, Rachel Raczynski, Melissa Rahkonen, Tonia Reiter, Dakota Rhodes, Arianna St. Hiliaire, Laura Swanson, Peter Talbot and Alex Young


Cheryl Harper of Philadelphia, PA juried the show, and will give a talk on her art and the jurying process at 8pm, Saturday March 19th following the opening of A Matter of Conscience.  Trained as both an Art Historian-Curator as well as a Printmaker-Painter, Harper misses one when not doing the other. In the last few years she found a balance that enables her to follow both paths. Her work continues to be informed by her curiosity about other artists as well as the world around her. One body of work might be inspired by illuminated manuscripts, yet another by prehistoric symbols, or current events.

Regarding Harper’s current political body of work, she states, “As in many preceding cultures to our own, the public demands its leaders be icons, stepping into necessary roles acceptable to the masses. My inspiration comes from combining the reputations of these personages with art historical references that seem obvious to me. I document my observations of popular media, and draw from my experiences as a voter with occasional spurts of political activism.” Visit Cheryl Harper’s website for more information:

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Blog published for A Matter of Conscience

Full details on A Matter of Conscience, a juried show open to all Maine high school aged artists and coming to the Harlow in March 2010, are now available online.  Please visit, and help spread the word!


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Blogged: Bill Duffy on “Missing Hallowell”

Post from Bill Duffy’s blog, Turnorama on his joint show “Missing Hallowell” with Mike Dworkin.

“I’m having a show of my photos at the Harlow Gallery in Maine. It’s a joint show and the other artist, Mike, does more conceptual work. This includes filling one of the front windows of the gallery with trash. It also includes doing portraits of visitors to the gallery. This afternoon, he did my friend Jude’s portrait….”

Click here to read more and view a picture series.

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Unique blog review of “Small Movements”

Small Movements was reviewed on Micheal Heath’s Christian Civic League blog today:


Here’s our favorite quote: “Although modern art has offered many bizarre subjects in the past, no art gallery has been bold enough to exhibit a simple garbage can.”