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Barbara Loken: 50 Years of Art

ON VIEW: FEBRUARY 15 – MARCH 23, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 5-7PM

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.

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Higher Forms of Art | UMA’s Danforth Gallery

“2 People in a Room”, Riley Schacter, 9th Grade, Maranacook Community High School

Sunday, March 10 weather update: UMA is open this afternoon so we are going ahead with today’s reception 3-5pm. Please travel at your own discretion based on weather conditions in your area.

 

ON VIEW: FEBRUARY 22-MARCH 20, 2019 | RECEPTION: SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 3-5PM

On view at UMA’s Danforth Gallery, located at Jewett Hall, 46 University Drive in Augusta

​In celebration of Youth Art Month the Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) announces the 13th annual Higher Forms of Art exhibition of artwork by students from area high schools presented in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta for the 6th year in a row. Higher Forms of Art gives emerging artists the opportunity to show their art in a professional gallery space, and offers students the experience of organizing and installing a major art exhibition. Higher Forms of Art is on view February 22-March 20, 2019 at the Danforth Gallery, located at Jewett Hall, 46 University Drive in Augusta. Danforth Gallery hours are Mon-Friday 9am-5pm. The public is invited to attend a reception for the artists and their art instructors on Sunday, March 10 from 3-5pm. 

Area Maine high schools participating in Higher Forms of Art this year are:

Cony High School, Augusta
Hall-Dale High School, Farmingdale
Homeschooled
Kents Hill School, Kents Hill
Maine Arts Academy, Sidney
Maranacook High School, Readfield
Richmond High School, Richmond
Wiscasset Middle High School, Wiscasset

The KVAA’s annual Young at Art K-8 Exhibition and Barb Loken: 50 Years of Art are also on view during the month of March at the Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell.

The Harlow is home of the KVAA, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community. They have owned and operated the Harlow Gallery in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. 

The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) transforms the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs.

The UMA Art Program is an interdisciplinary program focused on multiple areas of the visual arts, including traditional and new media. Courses include art history, ceramics, drawing, media arts, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.  Those studying at UMA will find ways to express ideas visually and learn to problem-solve, collaborate, and think critically.  These skills allow a UMA graduate of the Arts Program to be uniquely ready to respond to the needs of the future and, as an artist, contribute to new and evolving economic and social realities.

Higher Forms of Art is sponsored by: Capitol Dental Care, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Kennebec Savings Bank, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe.

   

The Harlow is supported by the City of Hallowell, Dirigo Capital Advisors, Kennebec Savings Bank, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members.

  

2019 Season Sponsors are Capitol Dental Care, Chris Walters Productions, Great Gatherings, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law and Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe.

Programming is funded in part by the Maine Community Foundation, the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and by  a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Art.

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Annual Silent Art Auction 2019

Work by Helene Farrar and many more available during the Silent Auction

FEBRUARY 13-16, SNOW DATE FEBRUARY 17, 2019.

The Harlow’s annual Silent Art Auction returns February 13-16, 2019 (snow date February 17.)  Expect great deals on an exciting variety of art and artful objects that have been generously donated by local collectors, artists, and fine craftsmen. The Silent Auction offers a diverse selection of contemporary and vintage art, fine craft, sculpture, artifacts, artful objects, and more. 2019 marks the first year that the annual silent art auction will be held at the Harlow’s new location at 100 Water Street in Hallowell.

Proceeds from this event directly support programming for the Harlow. Thank you for your support!

IMPORTANT DATES: 
Deliver donations: Anytime during open hours (Wed-Sat 12-6pm) through February 9th. 

Bidding hours: February 13-15, 12-6pm and February 16, 2-4pm. Bidding ends at 4pm SHARP. (Snow date February 17.) 

The Harlow, located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.  

The Harlow is supported by 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, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Great Gatherings, Scrummy 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.

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Commonplace: Nathan Allard & Maxwell Nolin

“Andy”, egg tempera, by Nathan Allard. “Poly”, oil, by Maxwell Nolin.

ON VIEW: JANUARY 4 – FEBRUARY 9
OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 5-7PM

The Harlow presents “Commonplace”, a two-person exhibition featuring work by Nathan Allard of Somerville and Maxwell Nolin of Belfast. The exhibition is on view January 4 – February 9  at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, January 4, 5-7pm.

In Commonplace, Allard and Nolin highlight people of New England through portraits and figure paintings represented in oil and egg tempera paint. The exhibition takes a look at the simple, quiet moments in life, and offers a space for contemplation and reflection.

NATHAN ALLARD WEBSITE
MAXWELL NOLIN WEBSITE

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. 

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.

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Holiday Members Show & Sale

Artists pictured above: Helene Farrar, James Chute, Doreen Nardone, Rex Holsapple

ON VIEW: DECEMBER 1-29
OPENING: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 5-7PM

The Harlow’s annual Holiday Members Show & Sale celebrates the diverse artwork styles of Harlow artist members and is a tradition dating back to the founding of the Gallery in 1963. The Harlow is home of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a non-profit celebrating its 60th anniversary on December 1, 2018. The public is invited to celebrate the occasion and attend the opening reception on Saturday, December 1st from 5-7pm. 

During this exhibit work by Maine artists representing a wide range of media can be purchased off the wall and taken home the same day. The public is invited to visit The Harlow and support local artists by choosing unique and handcrafted gifts this holiday season. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6pm.

The Harlow, located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.  

The Harlow is supported by 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, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Great Gatherings, Scrummy 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.

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8x10x100 Fundraiser Show

“Journey to the Sea”, mixed media collage by Megan Daigle

ON VIEW: DECEMBER 1-29, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION & 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 5-7PM

The Harlow presents 8x10x100, a unique art show and fundraiser on view December 1-29, 2018 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell.

The Harlow is home of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a non-profit celebrating its 60th anniversary on December 1, 2018. The public is invited to celebrate the occasion and attend the opening reception for 8x10x100 on Saturday, December 1st from 5-7pm. All artworks measure 8×10 inches and are available for sale for the affordable price of $100 each. During this exhibit work by local artists representing a vibrant and diverse range of media can be purchased off the wall and taken home the same day. 50% of sales benefit programming at The Harlow while the other 50% goes directly to the artist.

 

The Harlow, located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.  

The Harlow is supported by 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, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Great Gatherings, Scrummy 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.

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Proof Positive

Intertidal by Liz McGhee


ON VIEW:
OCTOBER 19-NOVEMBER 24
OPENING: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 5-7PM

The Harlow presents Proof Positive, an exhibition of art incorporating processes used in printmaking. Proof Positive celebrates the many techniques of printmaking; including but not limited to: screen prints, block prints, linocuts, woodcuts, intaglio, etchings, and others. The exhibition is on view October 19 through November 24 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, October 19, 5-7pm.

Participating artists are listed alphabetically by town as follows:

Augusta: Rachael Wilson
Bangor: Renate Klein and Linda Stearns
Brunswick: Judith Long
Freeport: James Chute
Gardiner: Allison McKeen
Hallowell: Sarah Lucas and Marguerite Ogden
Kents Hill: Lauren Olson
Lewiston: Thor Smith
Lovell: Susan Sidwell
Mount Vernon: Pamela Hetherly
Oakland:Sara Grover McDougall
Portland: Liz McGhee and Larinda Meade
Readfield: Phyllis French
South Bristol: Kay Miller
South Portland: Simon and Sophia Torraca-Woodbury and Jeff Woodbury
Thomaston: Gretchen Mahoney
Vinalhaven: Michele O’Keefe
Westbrook: Jaime Wing
Winthrop: Barbara Coriell

 

The Harlow, located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.  

The Harlow is supported by 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, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Great Gatherings, Scrummy 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.

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A Nation of Immigrants: Home Lost, Home Found

Helene Farrar, “Steady Ground:  What We Carry Series”

ON VIEW: NOVEMBER 2-24, 2018
OPENING: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 5-7PM

The Harlow, in partnership with the Capital Area New Mainers Project (CANMP), presents “A Nation of Immigrants: Home Lost, Home Found” on view November 2-24, 2018 with an opening reception on Saturday, November 3, 5-7pm. This is a raw and fraught time in the world as we struggle to respond to the fact that 65 million people have been displaced from their homes. What is the experience of those newly arrived and those who may have come long ago? What is has been gained, what has been lost? What does it mean to be a “Nation of Immigrants”? 

In conjunction with the exhibition at the Harlow, Making Migration Visible is a state-wide initiative featuring events by dozens of partnering organizations offering parallel exhibitions, film screenings, performances, lectures, community dinners, poetry, and more. To download a printable version of the exhibition affiliated events calendar, click here.

Participating artists are listed alphabetically by town as follows:

Augusta: Fatimah Halwah, Mohammed Halwah, Jason Morgan, collaborative artwork by Cony High School Students.
Brooks: Lesia Sochor
Falmouth: Mirlea Saks
Farmingdale: Barbara Loken, Pasang Tsering
Garland: Jeanne Finley
Hallowell: Chris Cart, Ellen Freed
Hartland: Arend Thibodeau
Kents Hill: Taya Brown, Megan Czerwinski, Nevin Sabatini, Jerry Widodo, Siyin Yan, Xia Zuyao
Manchester: Helene Farrar
Portland: Rabee Kiwan
West Gardiner: Kay Morris

 



A Nation of Immigrants: Home Lost, Home Found is sponsored by Carol Gilbert-Tondreau & Ameriprise and Walt McKee.

The Harlow, located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.  

The Harlow is supported by 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, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Great Gatherings, Scrummy 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.

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Life on The Trail

ON VIEW: OCTOBER 5-27, 2017 | OPENING: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 5-7PM

The Harlow, in partnership with Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail (FKRRT), present “Life on The Trail”, an exhibition of artwork reflecting on the Kennebec river rail trail. The exhibition is on view October 5-27, 2018 at The Harlow, located at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, October 5, 5-7pm. Proceeds from art sales during the exhibition will benefit FKRRT and support programming at The Harlow.

Participating artists are listed alphabetically by town as follows:

Augusta: Robin Miller, Linwood Riggs, Cassie Sano
Buxton: Brandy Youland
Center Lovell: Jeane Ouellette
Fayette: Janice Norton
Gardiner: Janet Favor
Garland: Jeanne Finley
Hallowell: Karen Allen, Lynn Murphy, Maggie Warren
Jackson: Caitlyn Mello
Livermore: Thaylene Bernard
Manchester: Edward Buonvecchio, Helene Farrar
Santa Fe, NM: Suzanne Kelly
Waterville: Jennifer Hickey
West Gardiner: Linda Murray
Winthrop: Richard Dow, Don Kerr, Eileen Kerr

The exhibition Life on The Trail in sponsored by Minuteman Signs.

The Harlow, located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.  

The Harlow is supported by 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, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Great Gatherings, Scrummy 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.

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The Luthiers’ Showcase

ON VIEW: OCTOBER 5-14, 2018 | CLOSING RECEPTION: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 4-5PM

The Harlow, in partnership with the City of Hallowell, present The Luthiers’ Craft, on view October 5-14, 2018 at The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The Luthier’s Craft showcases Maine-made acoustic and electric instruments – both traditional and contemporary in design – as part of the Second Annual Maine Luthiers Exhibition and Music Showcase festival weekend presented by the City of Hallowell. A closing reception will be held Sunday, October 14 from 4-5pm including an award ceremony, raffle drawing, and live music by Denny Breau.

The Luthiers’ Showcase at the Harlow is presented in conjunction with Hallowell’s Second Annual Maine Luthiers Exhibition and Music Showcase, a weekend-long event sharing a diverse and accomplished lineup of musicians and stringed instrument makers representing a broad cross section of the state.

More information, an event list and weekend festival passes are available at: www.Hallowell.org/luthiers

“We have musicians coming from as far away as Bangor, Portland, and even Monhegan Island, and also from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, to perform at this year’s music showcase,” said Festival Manager Nate Rudy, who is also Hallowell’s City Manager.  “We’re going to have a great time in Hallowell as we recognize and celebrate Maine Craft Weekend.”

The music festival recognizing Maine’s stringed instrument making and performing music culture began last year, and has quickly grown from a few intimate performances to a weekend-long schedule of live music, craft talks, instrument raffles, a stringed instrument exhibition at the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell, and a collaboration with the Maine Craft Association that features a second exhibition at the Center for Maine Craft at the West Gardiner Travel Plaza and keynote speaker Ned Steinberger, a recognized innovator and leader in stringed instrument design and manufacture, who is also a Maine resident. The weekend features exhibitions of Maine-made acoustic and electric guitars, violins, and other stringed instruments, and performances by musicians playing these instruments on-stage and at the gallery exhibitions.

“We’ve booked some of the best bands and musicians in Maine for this year’s music showcase,” said music coordinator Chris Poulson, “including The Awesome, Ellis Falls, Katie Matzell, and a range of Hallowell favorites plus veteran guitar heroes like Denny Breau, Roger Sampson, and Robbie Coffin.”  Music performances will be hosted in venues around Hallowell including the City Hall Auditorium and restaurants and pubs on Water Street. Hallowell will also be marking the close to its Maine DOT road construction project, and downtown business owners like Deb Fahy from the Harlow Gallery are looking forward to the music festival as a renewal of Hallowell’s vibrant downtown arts and culture influence. The festival is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

“There are a lot of great things happening in Hallowell right now,” said Fahy, ”and we want to keep the momentum up and celebrate our musicians and craftspeople, and what they contribute to Maine’s culture and our downtown communities.”


The Harlow, located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.  

The Harlow is supported by 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, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Great Gatherings, Scrummy 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.

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Tactile

ON VIEW: SEPTEMBER 7-29, 2018 | OPENING: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 5-7PM

The Harlow presents Tactile, a juried art exhibition featuring work by 26 artists, on view September 7-29, 2018 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Spanning both floors of the gallery, Tactile pays homage to the decorative, domestic and utilitarian roots of textile art, while emphasizing the application of textile techniques for the purpose of communication and expression.The public is invited to attend and meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, September 7, 5-7pm.

The exhibition represents a wide range of techniques including stitching, weaving, felting, and more. Tactile features work both large and small, 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional, abstract and representational, made of synthetic as well as natural materials, made by hand as well as by machine, “pure” textile as well as mixed with other media.

Participating artists are listed alphabetically by town as follows:

Bruce Armstrong
Debra Arter
Julianne Carle
Dianne Chicoine
Betsy Cook
Holly Dominie
Ellen Freed
Elyse Grams
Julie K. Gray
Ruthanne Harrison
Christine J. Higgins
Elizabeth Hunter
Jana Keith-Jennings
Ruth Le Grove
Tori Marsh
Michelle McCutcheon
Susan Mills
Maggie Muth
CE Nilles
Wendy Rose
Leia Scotton
Sally Wagley
Nelda Warkentin
Emily Werner
Emily Woodbury
Catherine Worthington


Tactile is sponsored by Forgotten Chocolates and Chris and Karissa Walsh.

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. 

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.

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Bruce Mayo: Enjoy The Hue

ON VIEW: AUGUST 3-SEPTEMBER 1, 2018  | OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 5-7PM

The Harlow presents Enjoy The Hue, a solo exhibition of artwork by artist Bruce Mayo of Hallowell, on view August 3 – September 1 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The public is invited to attend the opening reception and meet the artist on Friday, August 3, 5-7pm.

Enjoy The Hue marks Bruce Mayo’s 30 year anniversary of creating whimsical, ethereal, playful art with a twist. Acrylic, watercolor, and inks are used to create mystical images revolving around musicians, pups, portraits, fish, landscapes and more. Since his first official public art showing in 1988 at Slates Restaurant Mayo has remained very prolific.  He is constantly inspired by his surroundings; including frequent trips to Rangely and especially by his home town of Hallowell. The exhibition features no shortage of color and spirit as Mayo’s vibrant artwork covers both floors of The Harlow. Mayo has dedicated the exhibition to his late Grandmother Jeanette, “whose easel in the spare bedroom always had a painting on it when I visited”,  he said.


Bruce Mayo’s Solo Exhibition is sponsored by Doug and Melinda Jennings, Carol and Roger Pomerleau, and Rosemary and Ish.

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. 

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.

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Natasha Mayers & Kenny Cole: Men in Suits/Men in Trouble

ON VIEW: JUNE 6 – 30, 2018 | OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 5-7PM, FILM SCREENING  7PM

“Men in Suits/Men in Trouble” is a two-person show featuring work by Natasha Mayers and Kenny Cole. “Men in Suits/Men in Trouble” is on view at The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell with an opening reception on Friday, June 8, 5-7pm. The reception will be followed by a short preview of footage from an upcoming film about Natasha Mayers. The public is invited to attend and meet Natasha and Kenny as well as the filmmakers.

“Natasha Mayers: an Un-still Life,” is the working title for a documentary-art film in the Maine Masters series about the activist artist. Filmmakers Anita Clearfield and Geoffrey Leighton use animation, live action, and in-depth interviews to get inside her art process and bring to life this extraordinary artist. The filmmakers believe that now, more than ever, audiences want to see truthful, creative role models like Natasha Mayers, who is known as the “best activist artist” in Maine and who Senator George Mitchell called a “state treasure.” The filmmakers will be present at 7 PM on the night of the opening to screen short excerpts from the film and answer questions about their collaboration with Natasha.

Much of the work in this exhibit depicts men wearing suits or costumes in a seemingly unending array of scenarios. As articles of clothing tie their work together, so does the idea that the men are in trouble.

They view a world in trouble, full of violence toward one another and the planet, with men, historically, at the center of the problem. There are the powerful ones who are intoxicated, gambling, dangerous, blinded, going headstrong without a plan, and those who lost not only their savings/jobs, but also their meaning, relevance, and dignity. Thus the work reflects anger, frustration, a sense of the absurd, and analysis of what masculine power, white privilege and tradition have wrought.

Natasha Mayers: ““Men in Suits” materialized in my work after the financial crisis of 2008, when the predatory practices that wrecked the housing market and economy came to light. The banksters were rewarded with bailouts and bonuses. They needed to be exposed, so I inserted them into international postcard scenes. Next they inhabited my paintings, looming and commandeering the landscape. They could get away with doing whatever they wanted, assured of their place and their right to be there. They were often the perpetrators, culpable for many of the world’s problems, but sometimes they became the victims of even bigger forces.

The subject continues to interest me because men in suits, at the nexus of corporate, financial, and military power, help to explain what we are doing as a country. They reveal our shared sense of entitlement and belief in the American Dream and the national myth of U.S. exceptionalism. They represent our intoxication by those values that put profit ahead of morality. We grant them immunity from prosecution and let them steal our jobs, savings, and homes, destroy the planet, deport immigrants, harass women, and make endless war.

In these enraging times, with a red tie man in charge, I’m still painting Men in Suits, but they are becoming Men in Trouble. Some are perpetrators, while many are hapless (and headless), intoxicated, gambling, dangerous, blinded, going headstrong without a plan, hooded, trapped in their suits, damned, and doomed. Some of the recent work sets them on fire, saws them in half, throws them into ovens, turns them into chairs, stacks them in towers, drops them in trash heaps, sets them against each other, strips their clothes off, ties them up, isolates or drowns them.

I’m expressing my outrage and disappointment about what’s happening in the world, trying to transform the anger that so many of us are feeling about power imbalances and injustice. I try to talk about what is scary and threatening to me/us with a touch of irony, humor, pattern, exuberant color, and eccentricity. When you view my work, I hope that you will get more in touch with your unease about what’s going on, and sense the emergency and the madness of it, and then go and change the world or get arrested or make more art.”

Kenny Cole:I am convinced that being an artist, even a painter of flowers in vases, is a political act. Thus my art confidently veers in to areas that are socially charged in an effort to open a dialogue via an art experience. For this show I’ve pulled together a thread in my practice that explores masculine motifs whose identities have evolved via the guise of a colorful costume. The motifs or characters that populate my work have been written in to our collective cultural psyche to the degree that their identity can be recognized even from a small part of their complete costume. Alas they are all men in suits.

As an artist, one of the more powerful tools in our kit, color, defines our work significantly, depending on how we employ it. In seeking to uncover the sources of discord in the world I have observed that historically, those in power have found a great usefulness and purpose in employing color. Some to achieve political gain through say the pageantry of flags and uniforms; others financial gain through brand identity. Within this collection of drawings and paintings then, my task has been two-fold, to reclaim the unconscious influences of color and to re-work it’s collective associations through a playful narrative. In this respect my gender stand-ins are in trouble. They know not how they got to be whom they are and are being set to perform tasks and roles that do not necessarily conform to their encoding.”

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, 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.

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. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm. For more information please visit harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.

 

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Summer Members’ Show: Construction/Deconstruction

“Earth and Sky Tree”, mixed media collage, by Robin Brooks

ON VIEW: JULY 6 -28, 2018 | OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JULY 6, 5-7PM*
*In tandem with the opening reception for Dog Days.

The Harlow is kicking off summer with their annual Summer Members’ Show & Sale, featuring a diverse collection of work by Harlow artist members. For this year’s Summer Members’ Show, The Harlow invited artists to submit work responding to the theme of “Construction/Deconstruction” in celebration of the MaineDOT road construction project taking place in Hallowell.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, July 6 from 5-7pm and meet the artists.The opening reception coincides with the opening for Dog Days, a fun and light-hearted exhibition celebrating our loyal canine companions on view in the downstairs gallery July 6-14, 2018.

This exhibit is a unique opportunity to discover both emerging and established artists, working in a wide range of media and styles such as painting, drawing, printmaking, fiber art, photography, sculpture, fine craft and more. During the Summer Members Show & Sale, patrons may purchase art off the wall to take home the same day. Buy local and support the creative community; Gallery hours are Tuesday 6:30-8:30, Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm, and Sunday 12-4pm.

Construction/Deconstruction is sponsored by Great Gatherings

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. 

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.

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Dog Days

“Treat Please”, oil on canvas, by Elizabeth Fraser, “Toy Dog I”, acrylic, by Alice Rohman

ON VIEW: JULY 6-14, 2018 | RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JULY 6, 5-7PM*
*in tandem with reception for Summer Members’ Show, Construction/Deconstruction

The Harlow Gallery presents Dog Days, a light-hearted exhibition featuring 65 works by 32 artists celebrating our loyal canine companions. During this exhibit, dogs will be welcomed into the gallery to enjoy the art which will be displayed at their’ eye level. The exhibition resulted from a call for art asking artists to submit artwork specifically for dogs to enjoy.

Dog Days is on view July 6 – 14, 2018 at the Harlow at 100 Water Street in Hallowell with an opening reception Friday, July 6, 5-7pm, in tandem with the opening reception for the Summer Member’s Show, “Construction/Deconstruction”. No dogs will be allowed at the opening reception. However well-behaved dogs are encouraged to attend the exhibition anytime following the reception during open hours, Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm. Dogs must be leashed or carried at all times. Only one dog per human at a time. Suggested admission is a donation of pet food for The Cohen Center’s AniMealsprogram. Learn more about AniMeals.

Participating artists are listed alphabetically by town as follows:

Appleton: David Allen
Augusta: Brianna Daley, Teresa Lavallee, Robin Miller
Camden: Gretchen Mahoney
Dresden: Linda Hermans
Farmingdale: Barbara Loken, Gigi Ragasa
Freeport: Alice Rohman
Georgetown: Amy Peters Wood
Hallowell: Laura Endres, Roger Ireland, Michelle Holbrook Pronovost. Kelly Kennedy Yokoyama, Nancy McGinnis
Jackson: Caitlyn Mello
Knox: Shawna Barnes
Linconville: Petrea Noyes
Livermore: Thaylene Bernard
Manchester: Bruce Armstrong
Norway: Don Best
Poland: Santiago Farias
Portland: Elizabeth Fraser, Drew Ennis
Richmond: Jim Decker, Julie Plummer
Sabattus: Richard Pelletier
Waterville: Barbara Chase, Rose Crossman
Wayne: Jeremy Smith
Weeks Mills: Justin Pierce
Winthrop: Cynthia Ahlstrin

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. Hours are Tuesday 6:30-8:30, Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm. For more information please visit harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.

Dog Days is sponsored by Easy Street Lounge, Doug and Melinda Jennings and by Chris Walters and family.

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

Season Sponsors for 2018 are Book Orchard Press, Capitol Dental Care, Chris Walters Productions, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, Slates 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 Art.

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Three Faces, Three Forces

ON VIEW: JULY 20-28, 2018
OPENING & LIVE DRAWING EVENT: FRIDAY, JULY 20, 5-7PM
OPEN DRAWING SESSION: SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2-4PM

The Harlow presents “Three Faces, Three Forces”, a three-person pop-up exhibition featuring Rachael Eastman, Martha Miller, and John David O’Shauhgnessy. 

Eastman, Miller, and O’Shaughnessy gather in Three Faces, Three Forces to redefine “Pop Up” with a painted “Portraiture Peer In”, exhibiting their combined face works highlighted by emotive new drawings, painting, and mixed media pieces. Three Faces, Three Forces is an innovative, week-long exhibit running July 20-28, 2018 with a live drawing event happening during the opening reception Friday, July 20, 5-7pm. The live drawing will culminate in the trio of artists each creating large, two-dimensional face artworks live in the gallery and then shared in final form that evening as the show opens. Eastman will initiate opening night in revealing the finished trio of works while giving a brief talk on process.

On Old Hallowell Day, Saturday July 21st, from 2-4, the Harlow will host a “Portraiture Draw In.” Come and enjoy a free open drawing session open to all. Artist-model Rachael Eastman will pose in costume as muse for fellow exhibiting artists Martha Miller, John David O’Shaughnessy, and any others who would like to join them in creating portraits.

Rachael Eastman: Best known for years of consecutive sunrise witness, and a delve into the sublime within her atmospheric oil paintings and drawings,  Rachael Eastman’s ethereal seascapes, and daily photographs of the ocean, create a new luminist trail along the shores of New England. Eastman, whose Hudson River School leanings have culled nature as an emotive force, now attempts to paint and draw a new season of ocean light into the human face, hoping to gather the sunlight, scale, and sensation witnessed among waves and emotionally *felt* on site.

Martha Miller is well known for her psychologically engaging drawings and paintings created from life, self, traditional portraiture, and a boundless interweaving of the human tapestries in her life.  A psychological likeness is hewn from her deep seeing, and her teaching style merges with her studio practice to combine to cleave the psychological heart out for the viewer’s contemplative eye. Martha’s traditional approach to portraiture opens to incorporate surrealistic elements drawn from her own life,creating a rich engagement with the human condition. Recent renderings of herself, her daughter’s journey in illness, as well as those of the sitters that she tenderly explores, call emotionally complex faces from within her next moves.

John David O’Shauhgnessy is best known for his adept and powerful capture of the movement and shifting color and light of the ocean. His gestural and expressive paintings explore seascape observed directly from life “Plein Air”. His intense works glean a visceral and material sense of the forces of nature for the viewer. Yet, throughout ocean many infused years, he was also exploring the human face and it’s subtle moods with his color sensibilities and gestures. Facial expressions found their way into his paintings and his ceramics, and now the elemental human visage has begun to take on a new presence in his work. O’Shauhgnessy is poised to match his discipline in teaching students new modes of self portraiture, with a fresh emotive face revealing exploration of his own.

In recent years, Rachael Eastman has exhibited at Sarah Orne Jewett Museum, The Saco Museum, The L.C. Bates Museum, The Revolving Museum in Fitchburg Massachusetts, and Maine College of Art. Eastman is currently represented by William Scott Gallery in Provincetown Mass, while sharing work at Littlefield Gallery,  Barn Gallery, and Ocean House Gallery, in Maine, where she just culminated a solo exhibition and radio interview. John David O’Shauhgnessy has exhibited at The Currier Museum of Art, The Sarah Orne Jewett Museum, while exhibiting work at Littlefield Gallery, Barn Gallery, Ocean House Gallery, Thos Moser Gallery in Maine, and Art 3 in Manchester New Hampshire. O’Shauhgnessy has also twice been culled to participate in the juried Paint for Preservation in the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust Plein Air Exhibition and he is poised for a fall exhibition at AMP Gallery in Provincetown Massachusetts. Martha Miller has shared work at The University of New England, The Blaine House, The Tide Institute, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. With solo and group exhibitions at Mayo Street Arts, Maine College of Art, and Mast Cove Galleries, Miller is poised for a coming solo exhibition at The University of Maine in Augusta. Eastman and Miller, who had previously shown together at Aucocisco Galleries, and were both awarded in Harlow’s State Competitions look forward to joining forces at the new Harlow with a burst of new energy infusion from their facile colleague John David O’Shaugnessy. 


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. 

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.

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Art2018 Prize Winners

The Harlow has announced the award-winning artists for Art2018, the 23rd annual juried art show on view at 100 Water Street in Hallowell now through June 2, 2018. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm. The gallery’s annual juried show is a tradition that draws artists to Hallowell from all over the state.

This year’s juror is Bethany Engstrom; a curator, artist, and educator living in Belfast, Maine. She is associate curator at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine and was previously at the Farnsworth Art Museum.  She has taught as an adjunct instructor at Unity college and the Intermedia MFA program at University of Maine. Bethany received a BA in Art History, her MFA in Intermedia, and an Interdisciplinary PhD in Intermedial Collaborative Practices, all from the University of Maine. She was a 2017-2018 artist in residence at the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation and a 2013 fellow at Mildred’s Lane.

Prizes were awarded at the opening reception on Wednesday, May 9th as follows:

Best in Show and a $500 cash prize sponsored by The Kennebec Valley Art Association was awarded to Ian Trask of Topsham for his mixed media assemblage entitled “Parlay.” Engstrom wrote, “Ian’s use of a multitude of layers in both idea and materials is truly intriguing. The reuse and layering of found materials draws the viewer in to create these strange narratives along with their own.”

Second Place, with a $250 cash prize sponsored by McKee Law was awarded to Patrick Stavens of Portland for his piece entitled “Linked”, made with acrylic paint, molding paste and plastic on foam. Engstrom stated, “Patrick’s handling of materials is deceptively suggestive, and creates an instant engagement with those materials. It takes a moment to realize what you are seeing, and then you look more.”

Juror’s Choice Prize, and a $200 cash prize sponsored by the Stevens Commons was awarded to Julie K. Gray of Saco for her piece entitled “EVP Recording Equipment” made from papier-mache, acrylic, plastic, ribbon and yarn. Engstrom:“There is a playfulness in Julie’s work that evokes humor and nostalgia but there is also that moment when looking at them that makes you question the memories and thoughts that they bring up. Sometimes good and, sometimes, maybe not.”

Third Place, with a $100 cash prize sponsored by G&E Roofing was awarded to Matt Demers of Gardiner for his mixed media painting entitled ”See Me.” Engstrom: “The energy expressed in the marks made by Matt, combined with the collaged elements lead to an exciting story, one that eludes and questions time and draws you in closer.”

The following artists were awarded Honorable Mentions.

James Chute of Freeport for his piece “180120”, which is made with black gesso with traces of red acrylic on incised wood panel. Bethany Engstrom wrote “With the flatness or the surface and the placement of the incised lines, James’ work creates a space for contemplation and, as with the title, presents a multitude of questions for the viewer. “

Andrew Elijah Edwards of Topsham for his untitled video installation. Bethany Engstrom wrote that “The merging of new and older technology in Andrew’s work, layered with an animation that engages your imagination, activates the viewer and allows you to participate with the work fully. “

Nancy Kureth of Lyman for her acrylic paint on birch entitled ”Provocative Female.” Bethany Engstrom states wrote that “In Nancy’s work, the title says it all! There are many, many narratives that are provoked by this pink chair in the woods on a stormy day.”

David Allen of Appleton won the People’s Choice Award for his oil and acrylic on linen entitled “Bodie” by popular vote at the conclusion of Art2018 at The Harlow in Hallowell; gallery visitors were invited to vote for their favorite work of art during the Gallery’s 23rd annual juried art show. The People’s Choice Award $100 cash prize was sponsored by Veterinarian Judith Herman, owner of the The Animal Wellness Center of Augusta.

The Harlow is supported by Camden National Bank, the City of Hallowell, Kennebec Savings Bank, The Liberal Cup and The Maine House, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members. Season Sponsors for 2018 are Book Orchard Press, Capitol Dental Care, Chris Walters Productions, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, Slates 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.

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. For more information please visit harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.

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Higher Forms of Art @ UMA’s Danforth Gallery

Daria Murray, grade 12, Gardiner Area High School, Teacher, Ms. Meg Gipson

On view: March 5-30, 2018 | Reception: Sunday, March 25, 3-5pm 
On view at UMA’s Danforth Gallery, located at Jewett Hall, 46 University Drive in Augusta

​In celebration of youth art month the Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) announces the 12th annual Higher Forms of Art exhibition of artwork by students from area high schools presented in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta for the 5th year in a row. Higher Forms of Art gives emerging artists the opportunity to show their art in a professional gallery space, and offers students the experience of organizing and installing a major art exhibition. Higher Forms of Art is on view March 5-30, 2018 at the Danforth Gallery, located at Jewett Hall, 46 University Drive in Augusta. Danforth Gallery hours are Mon-Friday 9am-5pm. The public is invited to attend a reception for the artists and their art instructors on Sunday, March 25 from 3-5pm. 

Area Maine high schools participating in Higher Forms of Art this year are:

Cony High School, Augusta
Edward Little High School, Auburn
Gardiner Area High School, Gardiner
Hall-Dale High School, Farmingdale
Kents Hill School, Kents Hill
Maranacook High School, Readfield
Richmond High School, Richmond
Snow Pond Arts Academy, Sidney
Wiscasset Middle High School, Wiscasset

KVAA’s annual Young at Art K-8 Exhibition, highlighting student artwork from area elementary schools will also be on view during March at the Harlow Gallery’s new location at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The KVAA is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community. They have owned and operated the Harlow Gallery in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. 

The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) transforms the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs.

The UMA Art Program is an interdisciplinary program focused on multiple areas of the visual arts, including traditional and new media. Courses include art history, ceramics, drawing, media arts, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.  Those studying at UMA will find ways to express ideas visually and learn to problem-solve, collaborate, and think critically.  These skills allow a UMA graduate of the Arts Program to be uniquely ready to respond to the needs of the future and, as an artist, contribute to new and evolving economic and social realities.

A Bachelor of Arts in Art opens the door for a variety of career opportunities including, professional practice and exhibiting; creative economy and entrepreneurship; design in publications, exhibitions, and advertising; media and digital content creation in entertainment or business; and cultural and community collaborations.

Higher Forms of Art is sponsored by Capitol Dental Care, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Kennebec Savings Bank and Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe.

   

The Harlow Gallery 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, 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 Art.

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Sasson Soffer: Monumental Dream

On view: March 30 – April 28, 2018 | Opening: Friday, March 30, 5-7pm

The Harlow, in partnership with the Sasson Soffer Foundation, is pleased to present a survey of work by artist Sasson Soffer (b. 1925 Baghdad, Iraq – d. 2009, New York, NY). Sasson Soffer, Monumental Dream offers an illuminating overview of Soffer’s production from the late 1950s to 1990s, including a range of works on paper, paintings, sculptures and documental material. Interwoven throughout both floors of the The Harlow, the exhibition explores Soffer’s sculptures as an effort to turn his dreams into reality, whereas his paintings and works on paper attempt to turn reality into dreams, fantasies, and wish fulfillment. Sasson Soffer: Monumental Dream is on view March 30 – April 28, 2018 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell with a public opening reception on Friday, March 30, 5-7pm.

I had a dream of the accidental elegance of nature. I had a dream of lolling, twisting shapes. I had a dream of amoebae and insects and a prehistoric garden, the paradise of another world. I had a dream in which I fell asleep and dreamed of machines in motion, and then I awoke, still dreaming, and sketched the sweep of their dumb automation. I had a dream of metal growing from the ground, as plants grow in the earth, as crystals grow in caverns. I had a dream of color and rust. I had a dream of ice and silt. I dreamed all these dreams, and in dreaming them I scooped them from the abyss of my mind and made them conscious and true.” J.C. Hallman

Sasson Soffer was an Iraqi Arab of Jewish descent. Soffer was compelled to leave Iraq during the events surrounding the creation of the State of Israel, post–World War II. In 1948 Soffer went into hiding, ultimately escaping to Iran, then to the United States via Israel. Between 1950 – 1954, Soffer was enrolled at CUNY Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. There he studied under various artists including Ad Reinhardt, Burgoyne Diller and Mark Rothko. Rothko would eventually become a lifelong friend and mentor. Soffer dedicated the early part of his career to abstract painting. He had his first solo exhibit in 1958 at the Artist’s Gallery in New York City. He was also featured in Art in America’s New Talent Issue in 1962.

In 1956, Soffer was invited to visit Maine by a group of early Skowhegan artists, among them the sculptor Bernard Langlais, with whom he became good friends. Soffer came to enjoy his time in Maine and purchased property in Somerville as a summer home. The Somerville house turned out to have a leaning chimney and when Soffer went to steel fabricator T.W. Dick Co. in Gardiner, Maine to inquire about a metal brace, owner Ralph Dick suggested that since Soffer was an artist he should try to make the brace himself. Ralph Dick died in 1968 and Myrtle Willey took over the mill. From 1968 to 1976, Mrs. Willey served as Executive Vice President of T.W. Dick Co. and, in 1976, became President. It was at T.W. Dick Co., where Soffer was introduced to welding and steel fabrication. For over 30 years Soffer collaborated with T.W. Dick Co. in the production of his large scale sculptures. For Soffer, Myrtle Willey represented continuity and continued opportunity. In 1983, the University of Maine at Augusta staged Soffer’s exhibition of monumental outdoor steel sculptures, which was organized by Robert Katz who is currently Professor of Art in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Maine at Augusta.

In the early 1960s, Soffer began to focus more on three-dimensional works and over the years perfected the art of inducing industry to play a critical role in his artistic efforts. In doing so, Soffer was able to work with steel yards in Philadelphia and Indianapolis, a ceramics factory in Japan, and a textile mill in France where they produced his tapestries.

Soffer’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; OK Harris, New York; and Carnegie International. Soffer’s solo exhibitions include presentations at the Betty-Parsons Gallery, New York; Poindexter Gallery, New York; John Daniels Gallery, New York; Portland Museum of Fine Arts, Portland, Maine; and Galerie Birch, Copenhagen, Denmark. Public collections in which Soffer’s work is represented include the Whitney Museum, New York; The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York; and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.

This exhibit is presented by The Harlow in association with The Sasson Soffer Foundation and curated by Brigita Krasauskaite of Foreign Territories (Art Advisory.) All visuals are subject to copyright. All reproduction is subject to the authorization of the Sasson Soffer Foundation.

In 1998, the Sasson Soffer Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit organization to promote patronage of sculpture and painting; to sponsor art exhibits; and to advance public interest in the works of Sasson Soffer.

The Harlow is supported by Camden National Bank, the City of Hallowell, Kennebec Savings Bank, The Liberal Cup and The Maine House, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members. Season Sponsors for 2018 are Book Orchard Press, Capitol Dental Care, Chris Walters Productions, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, Slates 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 Art.

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

    

Season Sponsors for 2018 are Book Orchard Press, Capitol Dental Care, Chris Walters Productions, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, Slates 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 Art.

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. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm.

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Art2018, 23rd Annual Juried Show

ON VIEW: MAY 9 – JUNE 2, 2018 | OPENING: WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 5-7PM

On Thursday, May 1st curator Bethany Engstrom judged The Harlow’s 23rd annual juried art exhibition. 38 works of art by 20 Maine artists were selected to be included in the the exhibition out of a total of 415 works submitted by 150 artists. Art2018 is on view May 9-June 2, 2018 at The Harlow’s new location: 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm and Sundays 12-4pm. The opening reception is Wednesday, May 9 from 5-7pm, with prizes announced at 6pm. The public is invited to attend to meet the artists and to experience a diverse mix of high quality artwork from all corners of Maine.

Click here for a complete list of this year’s prize winners.

This year’s juror is Bethany Engstrom; a curator, artist, and educator living in Belfast, Maine. She is associate curator at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine and was previously at the Farnsworth Art Museum.  She has taught as an adjunct instructor at Unity college and the Intermedia MFA program at University of Maine. Bethany received a BA in Art History, her MFA in Intermedia, and an Interdisciplinary PhD in Intermedial Collaborative Practices, all from the University of Maine. She was a 2017-2018 artist in residence at the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation and she was a 2013 fellow at Mildred’s Lane.

A list of artists accepted into Art2018 by town is as follows:

Appleton: David Allen
Augusta: Oliver Solmitz
Bangor: Wade Warman
Brooks: Maxwell Nolin
Buxton: Michele A. Caron
Freeport: James Chute
Gardiner: Matt Demers, Allison McKeen
Kennebunk: Tanya Fletcher
Lyman: Nancy Kureth
Portland: Chelsea Ellis, Karen Merritt, Liz McGhee, Patrick Stavens
Richmond: K. Scott Davis, Ruthanne Harrison
Saco: Julie K. Gray
Topsham: Andrew Elijah Edwards, Ian Trask
Woolwich: Ellen Golden

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

Season Sponsors for 2018 are Book Orchard Press, Capitol Dental Care, Chris Walters Productions, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, Slates 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.

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. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm. For more information please visit harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.

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