Past Exhibitions

“Homecoming” Sampler

Enjoy this sampling of our present exhibition “Homecoming”. Twenty seven artists from across Central Maine are respresented in this lively exhibition.

“Homecoming” Artists were asked to consider and share with us how the pandemic affected their art practice. This is a portion of what they shared with us. Enjoy! If you are interested in purchasing any of this artwork, please reach out to the Harlow

Jeanne Finley “I haven’t painted since last winter, been unable and anxious and depressed. I was in Morocco last March when they c;osed the airport and cancelled myu flight. WHAT A TIME!!!

Judith E Schuppien My Thursday Plein Air group kept meeting! Otherwise , I was quite scattered and did not do much painting. 

Camille Davidson I paint from a treehouse and mostly I paint what surrounds me. The light, the wind, the feeling of being present to the moment of a beautiful forest day. During covid, news would creep in and shout at me. On the radio, in my head and heart. The words being used in our world along with my anger, and prayers. I am Jewish and Israeli and my prayers and knowledge base led me to scratching Hebrew into paintings. It made me feel less out of control. I put down what bubbled up for me personally. I couldn’t just paint the forest when the world was crying out

Jen Hickey It has lent me to take notice of the beauty around me, every nuance, pattern, and individuality of Mother Nature. A Blessing it has been in many ways to be able to have time to reflect and be present.  

Alix Barron I have been very experimental and that has allowed me to work through my FUNK. I’ve had more fun too. 

Laura Endres The pandemic has brought me to full circle to myself – a homecoming .

Elizabeth Luckraft With the pandemic time and a deeper sense of introspection has allowed me to tap deeper into my emotions and to take risks to express this emotion in my work. I have learned that my deep belief of “IF NOT NOW,WHEN??” has come to full expression. Now is the time to make momentary choices each day to be vulnerab;e and brave and to reach for personal potential in order to serve. 

Christine Sullivan I have done a series of bird art (seventeen), in the beginning of the pandemic which were auctioned off for the Ian Parker foundation to benefit local musicians. 

Ellen Freed Days turned into weeks then into months. We’ve had eight months of worries, changes, losses, observations and recalculating our lives. I’ve found more time to walk, sit, draw, photograph, process and sew. Working on these pieces has given me a way to find peace amidst chaos.     

Kit Monroe Much More alone time which means studio time! I am painting more then ever. 

Dianne Horton I have not made art recently. I was not motivated because of eight shows (outside) being canceled. The Harlow deadline motivated me. 

Ruth Brooks I have used this quiet time to revitalize my studio art practice in earnest. Along with making art that reflects my feelings about our world, I am attempting to decolonize my mind and my relationship to art making. This means claiming pictural language and symbols such as “Tree”, or ” Still life” as ways of addressing deep concerns about where we are, as humans on this fragile but resilient planet and where we are headed.

Bruce Armstrong The art world as defined in various media, social and other, seemed to communicate a more pessimistic view as we are all experienced the general fears related to the disease, fears capitalized on and heightened by its constant presence in the media.  The inability of major political players , in this election year, to agree on how we deal with the problem, if there was even a problem, highlighted how poorly we all communicate on many things and led to significant doubt about whether we are able to do anything as a cohesive society.

Abbott Meader During this difficult time I have done mostly what I call “inventions” or “invocations”. Some are non-representational pieces while others reference natural forms in various approaches and combinations or components. In his mind, he has greatly considered the impact on human kind of the virus, and climate change which he thinks has largely been ignored by society.

Lynne Lyons My entry ( about the Pandemic ) is a painting that was done early in the beginning of my creative process, early into the new world with Covid. Mixing color and moving a brush around on a large canvas became familiar to me. It became me. It is a self portrait of me in the middle of the pandemic. It is one display showing how I survived that first winter alone as my beautiful husband of forty years passed away April 12 2019.  This is my first attempt to show my work. I hope people enjoy it.       

Renae E Moran  Stuck at home, I have been experimenting with a sun exposure for a painting of a grain elevator in North Dakota, my original home state. I was planning on an extended visit to North Dakota this year to take sunrise photographs of elevators. Instead, I stayed home and continued working on this third version of the elevator at Great Bend. The pandemic forced me to imagine how it would look with the sunrise instead of the noon time lighting the original photograph.

Penny Markley Plein air painting does have its challenges. The light changes, wind threatens or perhaps succeeds in blowing over easels. Bugs land on wet paint, tides come in and tides go out if you are painting by the sea, and there is always too much paint. One has to focus and simplify . In spite of the difficulty and the fact that I seldom produce a masterpiece while painting plein air, it has saved my sanity and made me feel productive during this strange time.    

Helene Farrar There is much to say about this time period. But not so much about how its affects on my art practice DIRECTLY. I am taking care of my body and spirit better now. I walk to my studio more often which is grounding and allows me the pleasure to witness the quiet, environmental changes and time to be in that movement. I am getting better at turning off external chatter even though there is so much uncertainty.

Events Past Exhibitions

“Homecoming” Opens Saturday, November 21st to Saturday, January 2nd

“Stone Man Falling” by Abbott Meader, Acrylic and Charcoal on Rag Paper

“Homecoming” a vibrant art exhibition featuring artworks created during the Pandemic  by members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association housed at the Harlow Gallery, will be on display November 21st, 2020 through January 2nd, 2021. “Homecoming” and a return to home is a commentary on the need and resiliency of making art in solitude fostering resiliency and comfort during  these challenging times. The KVAA invited its members to answer the call regarding how the pandemic has affected their creative practice in this exhibition in extended statements to be shared online and in the gallery.

Over 50 works in painting, sculpture, fine and digital printmaking, fiber, photography, mixed media and more from twenty six artists from across Central Maine. Participating Artists include:  Amy Kustra of Freeport,  Jane Higgins of Winthrop, Diane Woodworth of Hermon, Elizabeth Luckcraft of Smithfield, Andre Benoit of Boothbay, Christine Sullivan of Hallowell, Lynne Lyons of China, Penny Markley of Winthrop, Judith Schuppien of Brunswick, Jen Hickey of Waterville, Nancy Keenan Barron of South Gardiner, Alix Barron of South Gardiner, Michael Stevenson of Augusta, Kid McGuire of Augusta, Renae Moran of Wayne, Dianne Horton of Swanville, Bruce Armstrong of Manchester, Kit Munroe of Waterville, Ellen Freed of Hallowell, Laura Endres of Hallowell, Jeanne Finley of Garland, Abbott Meader of Oakland, Helene Farrar of Manchester, Robin Brooks of Topsham, and Camille Davidson of Readfield. 

The Harlow is a recipient of great kindness, as Artist Michael Stevenson has offered a hundred percent of the sale of his piece “Sheltered In Place” to the gallery as support.

Artist Ellen Freed shared, “ Day turned into weeks then, into months. We’ve had eight months of worries, changes, losses, observations, and recalculating our lives. I’ve found more time to walk, sit down, draw, photograph, process, and sew. Working on these pieces has given me a way to find peace admist the chaos.” 

The public is invited to attend the exhibition on Saturdays 11 am to 4 PM and by appointment.

This show will be open for viewing from the public on Saturdays only from 11 to 4 PM and by appointment. If you would like to make an appointment to see the exhibitions beyond these hours, we request you email us at

Due to concerns relating to the Pandemic, we will not be having our regularly scheduled artist reception. We will however work towards getting this show online on our website, via email marketing, social media platforms, and email marketing. If you are interested in helping us do so, please reach out to us via email

By Camille Davidson

Events Past Exhibitions

HeART of Hallowell Art Exhibition, Come See

The Harlow invites you to the “HeART of Hallowell”, a rich and varied exhibit featuring local Hallowell Artists and those with close ties to this little city! 

Exhibit and reception details are as follows:

Exhibition reception is Friday, October 2nd from 4 to 7 PM and Saturday, October 3rd from 11 to 4 PM. Those wishing to attend the reception times must wear a mask and need to respect that only 8 people at a time may enter the Harlow space at one time. There will be a clothespin system set outside the front door to make this easy to follow with further instructions. The Harlow asks you to kindly respect all social distancing guidelines and to make your visit short and sweet. 

Pick up for Heart of Hallowell is Saturday, November 14th from 10 to 3 PM and Saturday, November 21st from 11 to 4 PM.

We look forward to seeing you! 

ARTIST PICK UP FOR THIS SHOW is Saturday, November 14th 10 am to 3 PM and Saturday, November 21st 11AM to 4 PM

Judy Shuppien, oil painting

Michelle Miller “Brown Paper” Goauche and Watercolor on paper 

Events Past Exhibitions

Artists, You’re Invited, HeART of Hallowell Pop-UP Art Show

HeART of Hallowell

Friday, October 2 – Saturday, November 7th

Reception Weekend Friday, October 2nd – Sunday, October 4th

The Harlow Gallery invites artists who live in Hallowell or who have close ties to Hallowell to submit up to five artworks for a special pop-up show called the “HeART of Hallowell.” Original art of any media welcomed from painting to sculpture, digital media and ceramics. Young artists, novices, professionals and “dabblers” are all welcomed. We request that all two dimensional work is ready to hang. Harlow members and non-Harlow members are welcomed to participate. 

Drop-off Dates:

Saturday, September 19th 12 to 3 PM,

Friday, September 25th 11 to 1 PM

Saturday, September 26th 12 to 3 PM.

Additional times for drop off can be requested by messaging the Harlow on facebook or email

The Harlow Gallery ( home of the Kennebec Valley Art Association ) is sincerely grateful for the support the city of Hallowell and it’s people have demonstrated to the Harlow particularly during this pandemic. We recognize the HeART of this little city is in the arts and we want to give a shout out to all who have sustained the Harlow. All together now, in art!

Reception Weekend details to be announced.

Image Info for Promo:  “Song For My Brother”  30 X 40 inches, acrylic on canvas by Christine Sullivan, Graphic by Michelle Miller