Decent Exposures Nov 2006

Decent Exposures, on view November 3-26, 2006.

Central Maine Clay Artists presenting work both sculptural and functional made of clay and stoneware. Artists include Kim Brennan of Manchester, Elizabeth Downs of W. Gardiner, Martha Hoddinott of Wayne, Malley Weber Houghton of Hallowell, Melissa Hunnibel of Alna, Neal & Barbara Loken of Farmingdale, Shell Moore of Winthrop, Robbi Fritz Portela of Windsor and Mary K. Spencer of Winthrop.

The Harlow Gallery figure drawing group will exhibit a selection of drawings and paintings. Artists include Hector Arrache of Green, Richard Kingdon of Augusta, Joe Klofas of Hallowell, Penny Markley of Winthrop, Laurie Proctor of Fairfield and others.


All Creatures Great & Small: October 2006

Hiding Out by Janice Norton

The public is invited to the opening celebration of “All Creatures Great & Small”, an art exhibition to benefit the Kennebec Valley Humane Society.  The show will be on view at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell from October 6 to 29th, and the opening will take place on Friday, October 6th from 5:00 to 8:00pm.  Refreshments will be provided.  Come and meet our special guest!  The event is free.

The artists of the Kennebec Valley Art Association are proud to have this opportunity to support the essential work of the Humane Society on behalf of our animal friends.  The KVAA will donate a portion of our commission on any sales made this month to the Humane Society’s shelter at 10 Pet Haven Lane in Augusta.  All cash donations taken at the gallery for the month will also go to benefit the shelter (look for the big glass bowl).

This exhibition is being sponsored by Second Street Bed & Breakfast of Hallowell.

This show runs from Friday, October 6 to Sunday, October 29th 2006


September at the Harlow Gallery: Two Photographers Explore the Maine Landscape


The Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell will exhibit the work of two local photographers, Nancy Jacob and Jym St Pierre for the month of September. Both artists present a unique view of the Maine landscape, exploring humankind’s influence on the land we inhabit.

The show opens on September 1st from 5:00 to 8:00 and runs through Sunday, September 24th.  Refreshments served and the public is encouraged to attend.  Free.


Nancy Jacob will present her “North Maine Woods: Dri-Ki” series. These are large-scale giclee prints of fields, shorelines and driftwood or “dri-ki”.  Dri-ki  is short for dry kindling, is a term loggers coined to refer to the scraps of wood left behind after harvesting a forest.  Jacob describes her images as “…windows on another world.  Many of the images are sculpturally abstract, the compositions elegant and utterly magical.  Of creating these images, Jacob says “It is my pleasure to share them and a joy for me to see them this size, only made possible by present-day technology in which I buried myself to bring these into being.  I am a witchdoctor who dispenses art as a cure.”


Jym St. Pierre will exhibit his Maine Landsc(r)apes series, with each image presenting a contrast between the sublime perfection of nature how we develop the land.  For instance, a rainbow over an industrial gravel operation in Brunswick, or brilliant sunset clouds over a big box store in Augusta.  The artist states, “Each year in Maine we protect thousands of acres, we develop thousands of acres.  We love our landscapes, we destroy them.  Are the images beautiful or ugly or both?”



XX – the Women of UMA

“XX” represents the diverse and prolific artworks created by the women art faculty of the University of Maine at Augusta.  Artwork by Karen Adrienne, Susan Bickford, Hélène Farrar, Lihua Lei, Natasha Meyers and Deborah Randall will be on view at the Harlow Gallery through April 30th.

Co-sponsored by UMA, this exhibition hopes to open the doors of communication between the university art community, local artists and the community at large.  The title of the show refers to female sex chromosomes.


Karen Adrienne brings to this exhibition new charcoal and pastel drawings.  Karen teaches drawing, printmaking, senior seminar, and bookmaking at UMA. Organic transformations are seen in both her two dimensional work and mixed media installations. She is founder of ARTDOGS which is a building in downtown Gardiner devoted to creating a core community of artists.

Susan Bickford, works in installation, performance and video and has most recently performed at the Portland Museum of Art.  She teaches 2-D and 3-D design, Contemporary Studio Practices and Theory.


Hélène Farrar, an interdisciplinary artist whose work is primarily rooted in storytelling and painting, teaches drawing at the university.  Hélène has a studio in downtown’s Gardiner’s Artdogs.

Lihua Lei is a sculptor and installation artist who teaches three dimensional design and sculpture at UMA. Her installation work refers to personal struggles that have broad ranging social and political ramifications.


Natasha Mayers is a painter and art activist who teaches drawing. This year her community service and her inspiration to others was acknowledged with the Peace Action Maine Award and the Arthur Hall Award. Her many mural projects can be seen throughout the state.

Deborah Randall is a painter and has a studio in her home in New Gloucester.  Her imagery ranges from abstract to more literal depiction inspired by personal narratives through memories of childhood and everyday experiences.  She teaches drawing, painting and two dimensional design.


Exhibitions Performance

Small Movements: February 2006


Art Opening: “Small Movements”


Friday, February 3rd, 2006 from 5:00 to 8:00pm


Contemporary art at the Harlow Gallery by a group of young, cutting-edge local artists.  Including:  Bryan Berge, Paul Brandt, Heather Jovanelli, Yeshe Parks, Stephanie Radish, Nate Stevens, Daisy Veiga and Maise Wormser.


Featuring live performances at the opening by:

Ascona – Experimental Electronic Music

Pseudo-Super All Stars (Performing works by Steve Reich & Terry Riley)

and Chas Lester & Kenya Hall

Artists’ Statement: “If you are reading this it is probably safe to assume that you are alive. As an active participant in life you are continually transitioning from one moment to the next through a perpetual series of movements. These movements may range from the overt and dramatic to those more subtle and quiet. The Harlow Gallery along with 2246 1/2 productions presents “Small Movements: Interpreting Discernable Motion“, a show featuring Maine contemporary artists creating personalized viewpoints of intimate emotions, grounding details and microscopic investigations of life.”


Show runs from Saturday, February 4 to Sunday, February 26, 2006


A Week on Monhegan – November 2005

A group of KVAA member artists will share a little slice of summer with visitors to the Harlow Gallery in November, with a month long art exhibition featuring paintings and photographs of the Maine island most beloved by artists.

Artists participating in “A Week on Monhegan” have been getting together for a week-long stay on Monhegan every summer for the past few years.  While there, they spend their time painting and photographing and sharing meals and artistic ideas.  Come to the Harlow in November and see the results.

Show runs from Saturday, November 5 to Sunday, November 27th 2005



Events Exhibitions

Transforming Violence – October 2005

“Transforming Violence” is a multimedia, multi-voiced, interactive art exhibition and lecture series responding to the problem of domestic violence in our communities.  All events will take place during the month of October 2005 at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell.   October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The purpose of this exhibition and related events is to raise public awareness about the impact of domestic violence in our communities.  It will voice a collective rejection of the use of domestic violence to control and manipulate others, and concern about our society’s overall acceptance of violence.

The exhibition is being presented by the Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) in partnership with the Family Violence Project of Kennebec & Somerset Counties.


The KVAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the arts in central Maine.  The KVAA owns and operates the Harlow Gallery in the heart of downtown Hallowell.  Part of our mission is use our space and resources to present a broad range of art, including art that is socially relevant and challenging.  The arts and humanities can be a powerful voice for social change.  In presenting this exhibition, we see an opportunity to provide a valuable service to the community by providing a space and time for education, discussion and healing through the arts.

The Family Violence Project is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping domestic abuse of women, children and men.  They provide a 24 hour toll-free helpline, individual advocacy, support groups, children’s programs, emergency shelter and referrals, community and school-based education and abuser education.  The KVAA will donate a portion of proceeds of sales from this exhibition to the Family Violence Project in support of these lifesaving programs.  For more information visit

Transforming Violence will begin with a series of workshops to create “Silent Witnesses” .  The public is welcome to come by during these times to participate or simply to observe.  The Maine Silent Witness Project honors those who have been killed in acts of domestic abuse by working with community members to create the Silent Witness exhibit and to promote awareness about ending domestic abuse.  The project maintains an exhibit of life-sized wooden silhouettes of women each painted red and featuring a golden shield upon her chest with her name and story.  Silhouettes representing victims of domestic abuse have been a focal point of domestic abuse education around the state of Maine since 1994.

The Maine Silent Witness Project is currently working to update the exhibit by creating 40 new silhouettes in locations around the state during October, Domestic Violence Awareness month.  This project allows us all a way of being involved in raising awareness about domestic abuse.  We invite you to join us in this powerful and important work at the Harlow Gallery.

Events & Speakers

(all events free and open to the public.  Each talk will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.):

OPENING RECEPTION:  Friday, October 7th, 5:00 to 8:00pm,: Attorney General G. Steven Rowe to speak at 6:00 pm.

Monday, October 10th, 7:00pmEllen Bowman: “Nobody Knows the Trouble I See: Children’s Images of Healing” Ellen Bowman, child psychotherapist to discuss examples of children’s artwork.  Question & answer session to follow. 

Tuesday, October 11th at 7:00pmNan Bell, Cara Armstrong and Lynne Dailey of the Family Violence Project in Augusta give a presentation on the curriculum they use to educate school children on issues of abuse in relationships.   This talk is entitled “Visually Preventing Abuse”.   Question & answer session to follow.

Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00pmDonna Galluzzo, Executive Director of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland will speak at the regular meeting of the Capital Area Camera Club about her work and about the mission of the Salt Institute.   This lecture will be open to the general public. For more information visit

Thursday, October 20th at 7:00pmNancy A. Henry, poet and legal advocate, will read poetry inspired by her experiences working with child victims of domestic violence, neglect and abuse.

Sunday, October 23rd 4:00pm to 6:00pmCookie Cutter Girl, will perform and speak about GIRL POWER and against violence.

Tuesday, October 25th at 7:00pmAmy Stacey Curtis, author and Maine Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellow for 2005, will discuss her book Women, Trauma & Visual Expression, (Published Feb 2005).  Copies of the book will be available for purchase.  For more information:


Participating Artists 

Karen Adrienne (Gardiner)

Jan Allen (New Portland)

Cara Armstrong (Skowhegan)

J. Donna Asmussen (Smithfield)

Corliss Chastain (Hallowell)

Tala Deerfield (Augusta)

New Hope for Women presenting the Empty Place at the Table Project(operating out of Rockland, Damariscotta, Belfast)

Donna Galluzzo (Portland)

Justine Nauman Greif (Kennebunk)

Judy Herman (Gardiner)

Kate Faragher Houghton (Belgrade)

Karen Kelly (Union)

Judith Krischik: (Mt.Vernon)

Maine Silent Witness Project(Falmouth)

Peter McFarland (Jefferson)

Messalonskee Student Group

Robin Miller (Augusta)

Jodi Stebbins (Augusta)

Terry Stubenrod (Benton)

Corinne Wheelock (Windsor)

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Photographs by Sarah Helen Harvey – Sept 2005


Sarah Helen Harvey of Gardiner will present a solo exhibition of her documentary photographs.

Harvey states, “As in life, photography is a continuing exploration into new realms, mine being the people and places that have shaped who I am.  These photos are a visual language to communicate my emotions.  I enjoy exploring these lifestyles, in turn relating them to my past as metaphors to certain situations.  My goal is to slowly unpeel each layer of my surroundings uncovering places in society which have paralleled my emotional past.”

Elizabeth Greenburg said of Harvey’s work, “Your images are photographs about life and they are about photography.  They speak to the documentary and to the stance of the photographer.  Your sequence brings us into an unfamiliar place, yet one that we know from our dark secrets; we see ourselves in the mirror and exit with a certain hope as the glow above the road leads us to a new horizon.”



Ingrained — August 2005


“Ingrained” recent work by John Kennedy

Wood inspired artwork by John Kennedy of Bombahook Woodworks, ranging from folk art to playful cultural collectables and parodies.  Kennedy’s mediums are as diverse as they are unpredictable.  Says Kennedy, “My art is an alternative to plastic, wasteful, planned obsolescence and mass machine production.  I aspire to keep unique, provocative, enduring hand work, alive.”


To Baghdad and Back – June 2005


flag-circlePeter Buotte presents “To Baghdad and Back”

at Hallowell’s Harlow Gallery June 3 – June 26, 2005

Hallowell, ME — Maine artist Peter Buotte, will present a solo exhibition entitled “To Baghdad and Back”. Buotte recently served in Najaf, Fallujah, and Baghdad on a yearlong humanitarian effort with the 411 Civil Affairs Battalion from Danbury, CT.  This exhibition is a reflection of that time in Iraq and will feature works on vellum and paper, and three-dimensional works made of wood and nylon.  Source images will also be on display, along with a collection of unclassified military maps, charts, Iraqi artifacts, and souvenirs that inform his practice.

The lead image for Buotte’s body of work is American Paranoia, which converts a flag into a target.  Buotte explains, “It is a status report. Depending on the viewer’s experience, some may see America as a target, and others may feel America as a target.”

“To Baghdad and Back” will open on Friday, June 3rd from 5:00 to 8:00pm, and will continue through June 26.  Buotte will be present at the reception, and will give a gallery talk on Monday June 13th at 7:00 p.m.


The artist requests that gallery visitors bring school supplies to the gallery to be donated to schools in Iraq. While working at the Iraqi Ministry of Education, Peter Buotte helped to fix the first 1,500 Iraqi schools nationwide, now nearly 3,000 schools are complete. But a chronic shortage of school supplies continues to be problem.  Buotte invites you to help, by helping him to create a work of art:  “As a collaborative sculpture, I invite people to bring in school supplies for Iraqi children. Starting reception night and through the entire exhibit, it will be ongoing.”  Peter recommends pencils, ink pens, and spiral notebooks. At the end of the show, he will send all the supplies collected to Iraq. As an alternative, please visit for more ways to help.

Peter Buotte, is a recognized artist throughout New England, New York, and Europe with expositions ranging from one person shows in Paris to shows in Newport RI. He holds a MFA in Arts and Education from the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME and a BFA in Fine Arts and Education from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Buotte also spent a year on a Rotary scholarship studying at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris, France in 2000. He has been a visiting artist at the University of Maine in Augusta and has held lectures in Maine and Switzerland. Nevertheless, he finds time to serve his country. Peter is Major in the Army and has been a member of the Army Reserves for seven years.


An Artist’s Gathering

The Artists’ Gathering

November 2004

Hector Arrache, Juanita Longwell, Richard Kingdon, Nancy Fraser, Judy Schuppien, Ann Versteeg, Deb Fahy, Elizabeth Budd and Joe Brandt.

Artists Gathering 2004

Exhibitions timeline

Small Alters – August 2002

“These sculptures are meant to evoke questions and challenge perceptions of the familiar world. Ultimately, it is my intent to reveal and present the provocative implications of an underlying logic. As the German artist, Joseph Beuys stated “. .. there should be no logical reason why the use of the artist’s materials should be restricted in any way. Objects are to be seen as stimulants for the transformation of the idea of the sculpture. This should provoke thoughts about what sculpture can be and how the concepts can be extended.” —Bob Katz

Exhibitions timeline

Ice Age ’98

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Exhibitions timeline

Florence Daly, “Art of a Lifetime”

“Florence Daly’s “Art of a Lifetime” is now showing at the Harlow Gallery on Water Street in Hallowell. Daly, 93, a well-known watercolor artist from Augusta, is showing paintings from throughout her career, with paintings from 1931 through the summer of 1994. Daly said, “In a way this is kind of my swan song.” Daly said, “It is a privilege to have this one-person show.” Exhibition hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. through February 28. 

2/7/1995 clipping from the Kennebec Journal Florence Daly show