Coming Events CURRENT Exhibitions News

Art 2020. The Year of Art. 25th Annual Juried Art Show.

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The Harlow is excited to present Art2020, their 25th Annual Juried Show. This year’s show has moved online and can be visited virtually through June 21, 2020 (see below). 31 works of art by 30 artists were selected by juror Erin Hutton to be included.

Coming Events CURRENT Exhibitions

Update from the Harlow Board

Dear Friend of the Harlow,

As I’m sure you’re aware, these are challenging times for everyone and every organization. We sincerely hope this letter finds you and your beloveds safe and healthy during this difficult time.

The Harlow has been physically closed for two months, and though the staff has been working to move our goods online, sales have been minimal and workshops and events have been canceled. However, we have good news. The Harlow staff and board have received a gracious amount of emergency funding. This includes the Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan through Camden Bank, which will be forgiven, as we are committed to maintaining our full staff. We have also applied for and received a special $2500 grant from the Maine Arts Commission and the City of Hallowell has selected the Harlow to receive a $3000 Hallowell Business Survival Grant. We are truly appreciative of both the Maine Arts Commission and the City of Hallowell for their support. These programs will provide a lifeline to carry us into summer.

Meanwhile, Gretchen and Allison have been very busy coordinating an online art auction to raise funds, creating a new website for the craft shop, redesigning the Harlow website, restructuring our database, and setting up Art2020, the juried show for online viewing. The 

Board has been meeting regularly via Zoom, working on a plan for the future. As the Board reviews our financial situation, we are facing some hard truths. As the PPP loan funding runs out in mid​-July, we will only have enough cash on hand for another 2 months of operation. The Harlow does have a reserve from the sale of our building, invested with the Maine Community Foundation, but we are very hesitant to dip into that without a clear plan forward. We have reduced all operating expenses to a bare-bones level but without art sales or the prospect of any fundraising events, we cannot continue to operate as we have in the past. The Board is currently working on a new approach and structure that will hopefully afford us the opportunity to continue to serve Hallowell and the greater art community for another sixty years. 

We believe The Harlow is important to Hallowell and to the region. We are overjoyed that the City of Hallowell has demonstrated their commitment to our organization. But, we require your input. What would you like The Harlow to look like and be? How can The Harlow offer what you need as an artist and as an art lover? How can the Harlow better serve the community of Hallowell and the greater Kennebec Valley region? How would you like to be involved – perhaps be on the board or one of our committees?

You can email your thoughts and suggestions ( or call us with input (207-622-3813). Better yet, you can join us at our annual meeting on June 3rd at 6 PM that will be held via Zoom. Zoom details will be sent out a week prior to the meeting and will be posted to our website and social media accounts. Please give this some thought and be a part of us re-creating The Harlow into a sustainable center for the arts in Kennebec Valley.

Happy Spring! We genuinely hope to see you at our annual meeting on June 3rd!

Helene Farrar, Board President
Barbara Coriell, Board Treasurer
Jane Higgins, Board Secretary
Lisa Rigolout, Board Member
Gretchen Marion, Executive Director
Allison McKeen, Programs + Marketing Manager

CURRENT Exhibitions

NEW Harlow Craft Shop Online Store + Website

Cat mug by Maple Lane Pottery

We are so excited to share with you our brand new WEBSITE + ONLINE STORE for the Harlow Craft Shop.

Visit to check it out!

The site features an online shop as well as profile pages for each artist who sells their work with us. We are continuously working on populating these pages so make sure to check back often! 

We hope you’ll take a couple minutes to peruse our online shop, and head over to the artist profile pages to read about the inspiration, process, and background of the talented makers we represent.

Your support means so much during this strange and challenging time. 
It not only benefits our organization, but it supports the creative individuals behind each item. We encourage you to support your local artists – their work is sure to add some positivity to your everyday life.

Thank you. Enjoy!

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CURRENT Exhibitions News

COVID-19 UPDATE: List of postponed, cancelled, extended programs

The Harlow is currently closed as guided by the recommendations of state and federal health authorities in order to keep our staff and community safe in the face of COVID-19. The gallery, craft shop, and office are closed to the public. Staff can be reached via email at

Please continue to check our website and our facebook page often for updates as the situation evolves. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate and adapt to the situation, day by day.

Please see below for an updated schedule of upcoming programs.


We sadly had to close the exhibition sooner than expected due to COVID-19. Please enjoy this virtual video tour: CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO

Thank you to our board president, Helene Farrar and her daughter Olympia, for putting this together – and thank you to our amazing Flora artists: Kathryn SB Davis, Laura Dunn, and Julia Einstein!

We are certainly sad to miss the show this year and we want to thank the students and teachers for all the work they put into the artworks that were supposed to be included in this show.

Online exhibit: In an effort to honor our young artist’s work and keep them engaged with art during this time we will put the exhibit online (or as much of it as we can.) We are working with the teachers to get images of the artworks to put in an album on our Facebook page and website as virtual gallery. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ONLINE EXHIBITION.)

Online art class: Additionally, we will be offering an online art class lead by our board president, Helene Farrar, a wonderful artist and teacher. Once that video is ready it will be posted here as well as shared directly with our participating teachers and students. Additionally, any artworks created as a result of her class can be sent to us to post online as well.
Art2020 was originally scheduled to be on view May 15-June 20. However, this is subject to change as we are adhering to the State’s instructions and regulations. We will keep you updated as this develops. Artists will be notified if their works were accepted or not by Wednesday, April 22. The notification date has been pushed back as the deadline has also been pushed forward. 
The deadline for submissions has been extended to 11:59pm on May 20th.

The Harlow Craft Shop recently launched a brand new website + online store! We are continuously working on updating the site with more content so make sure to check back often. We hope you’ll take a couple minutes to peruse our online shop, and head over to the artist profile pages to read about the inspiration, process, and background of the talented makers we represent. We encourage you to support your local artists – their work is sure to add some positivity to your everyday life. 
Any workshop tuition fees that have already been paid for classes scheduled during our closure can be refunded, applied to a later workshop, or can be converted into a donation to support the Harlow. No further workshops are currently scheduled at this time.