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Harlow Gallery Receives $5,000 Grant in Support of CSA II from Maine Community Foundation

 

The Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) recently received a $5,000 grant from the Kay E. Dopp Fund of the Maine Community Foundation in support of the planning and partnering phase of “Community Supporting Arts” (CSA II), a community based arts project that will matching artists with farmers. The artists will visit their partner farms regularly over the 2017 growing season, creating artwork based on their experiences, inspired by their partner farmer’s lives, work and landscape. The project will culminate in exhibitions of the work at three Maine venues, The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, Maine Farmland Trust in Belfast and Engine in Biddeford.  A call to artists and farmers is currently underway, with submission deadline of September 1, 2016.  The first CSA project took place in 2012. 

Participating farmers are required to have a CSA (community supported agriculture) program and can be located anywhere in Maine. In a CSA customers invest a “share” in their farm at the beginning of the growing season. In return, farmers are committed to providing fresh food of the highest quality to CSA members, usually on a weekly basis though the season. This project will use the power of art to promote the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming and of buying locally grown food instead of relying on the corporate food industry, especially in an era of rapid and sustained climate change.

About the Maine Community Foundation

The Maine Community Foundation is a statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine communities.  For more information, visit www.mainecf.org or call 1-877-700-6800.

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Maine Arts Commission Grant Funding Will Support Strategic Planning

Hallowell, Maine — The Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) was recently awarded an Organizational Development grant of $3,000 from the Maine Arts Commission in support of strategic planning through 2020.

The board and staff of the Harlow Gallery are strong believers in the power of planning. The nonprofit arts organization experienced dramatic growth and change dating from the drafting of its first strategic plan in 2005, followed by updates in 2008 and 2012. The process led to essential improvements in administration, and retooled programming that responded to the needs of the community. The resulting growth in reputation and reach has led to increased audience and supporters. Membership increased from fewer than 80 in 2004 to around 450 members today. The operating budget tripled over the same period, and major improvements where made to the organization’s historic building in downtown Hallowell, including a new roof, windows and re-pointing of the brick facade.

Grant funding from the Maine Art Commission is supporting strategic planning for 2016-2020, to include leadership succession plan for the first time, for both board and staff, and an executive transition plan. According to Deborah Fahy, Executive Director of the KVAA and the Harlow Gallery, Since I started in 2004, we’ve built on an amazing 50 year legacy, on the hard work and dedication of all those volunteers who came before us. I’m proud of that and I plan to hand over the Harlow Gallery to the next generation of leadership on solid financial footing, with a clear road map for the coming years that our Board and membership is enthusiastically and fully behind.

The Maine Arts Commission is an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information visit them online at mainearts.maine.gov

The Kennebec Valley Art Association, a 501(c) membership based nonprofit, was founded in 1958 and opened the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell in 1963.  Its mission is to connect and celebrate art, artists and community. For more information visit them online at www.harlowgallery.org.

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Harlow Gallery Receives $10,000 Grant from the Quimby Family Foundation

The Portland-based Quimby Family Foundation recently awarded a grant of $10,000 to the Kennebec Valley Art Association for operational support of the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell.  

The Kennebec Valley Art Association is a membership-based non-profit art organization, whose mission is to ‘connect and celebrate art, artists and community.  The art association has owned and operated the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell since 1963.  The grant funds are supporting the organization’s newly full-time executive director position through 2015, and are being used to help build organizational capacity, to facilitate strategic and succession planning, and to develop key community partnerships.

The Quimby Family Foundation was formed in 2004 by Roxanne Quimby – an entrepreneur, environmentalist, and philanthropist with the vision to advance wilderness values and to increase access to the arts throughout Maine.  Visit them online at quimbyfamilyfoundation.org

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2012 Donors & Sponsors

 

over $10,000

Brooks Harlow Jr.

 

$5,000 and up

Davis Family Foundation, Maine Community Foundation

 

$3,000 and up

City of Hallowell

 

$1,000 and up

Atlee Gleaton Eye Care, Bank of Maine, Dead River Company, Kennebec Savings Bank, Maine Arts Commission, Milestone Communications & Amy LaGasse

 

$500 and up

Hallowell 250th Anniversary Committee, Dr. Nick Rehagen & Cindy Rehagen Langewisch, Gary & Peggy Cope Mascher, Perry McCourtney, The Wolfington Group

 

$250 and up

Anonymous (total bowl donations for the year), Larry Brown, Downeast Energy, E.J. Perry Construction, Marie Giguere, Allyson Handley, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Susan MacPherson & Richard Davies, Bob McIntire & Gail Wipplehauser, Katy Perry, Sarah Shed & Joel Davis, Peggy Siegle

 

$100 and up

Paula & John Anastasio, Debra Arter, Ellerbe Cole, Betsy & Vern Cook, Janis Cross, Barbara Crowley, Patrick Cunningham & Wendy Harper, Joel D. Davis & Ameriprise Financial, Michel Droge,  John & Nancy Finnegan, Ellen Gibson, Hattie’s Chowder House, Judy Herman DVM, Karen Johnson CPA, Wick & Ruth Johnson, Joe Klofas, Dr. Edmond T. Laing, Jeanne & Stephen Langsdorf, John Lund & Joan Sturmthal, Clare Marron, McAllister Real Estate & Kim Gleason, Bob McIntire & Gail Wipplehauser, McKee Law – Walt McKee, Jan Mokros, Patricia O’Brien & David Carr, King Parsells & Sara Dix, Katy Perry, Frank O’Hara & Jane O’Rourke, Peter Rivard, Alice Rohman & Roger Carpentter, Alice Ronconi, Francine Rudoff, Nate Rudy & Adrian Blevins, Judith Schuppien, Daryl Shaw, SJR Engineering, Inc.,  Bill Sprague,  Union of Maine Visual Artists, Malley Weber

 

$50 and up

Cynthia Ahlstrin, Debra Arter, Bill Barron, Richard Bachelder, Carol Batchelder, Nancy Bixler, Joyce Blanchard, Laurie Boyle and Salt Gastropub, Claudia Brahms & Noel Mount, Capital Area Camera Club, Donna & Larry Davis, Beverly Bustin-Hatheway, Liz Cutler, Joanne & Wes Decampos, Ken Eisen, Deborah & Gregory Fahy, Ellen Freed, Jane Frost & Lloyd Ferriss, Tom Giordano, Al & Barbara Godfrey, Joan & Al Hague, Pam Hetherly, Rex Holsapple,  Michael Hudak, Kevin Kane, Eileen & Don Kerr, Dorothy Knopf, Ron Kreisman & Roberta de Araujo, Tiffany Leonard, The Liberal Cup, Hannah Liscord, James Lunt, Joseph Lupsha, Penny & Reed Markley, Richard Marsano & Judith Johnson-Marsano, Tony & Linda Masciadri, Megan McCann, Abbott & Nancy Meader, Lynette Miller, Kay Morris, Anita & Pete Morrissey, Cynthia Murray-Beliveau, Carolyn Nolin, Barbara Oesterlin-Heath, Donna Parkinson, Jane Paxton, Roger & Carol Pomerleau, Celeste Poulin, Sharon Reishus, Jamie Ribisi-Braley & Brian Braley, Karin Sargent, David & Harriett Schmidt, Karen & Jim Simpson, June & Jess Sklar, Edna M. Smith, Keith Spiro, Alan Stearns & Austin Brown, Mildred Stengel, Sheila & Don Stratton, Muriel Surowiec, Denis Thoet & Long Meadow Farm, Sally Wagley, David & Susan Webbert, Winthrop Veterinary Hospital, John Woytowicz

$25 and up

Gerald Bigelow, Margaret Bixler, Ted & Ruth Bookey, Judy Brooks, Robin Brooks & Jon Riggleman, Susan & Jim Caldwell, Priscilla Costello, Barbara Fischer Eldred, Janet Favor, Judy Feinstein, Alice Gifford, Jane & Harmon Harvey, David Hodsdon, Genevieve Monks Keller, Roger Kenny, Brian Kent, John Kimball, James & Helen McKendry, Robin Miller, Hilary Neckles & George Lapointe, Judy Nixon, Janice Norton, Petrea Noyes, Margo Ogden, Marian K. Ouellette, Linda Phillips, Mary Plumer, Tom Reeves, Timothy Richardson, Barbara Rohrbaugh, Kris Sader, Linda Sadoff, Michael Seitzinger, Juliet & Dan Shagoury, Michael Shaughnessy, Robert Sherman, Florence Sillen, Pauline Turner, Joyce Walters, Sumner & Catherine Webber, Mary Becker Weiss, Barbra Whitten, Jodi Williams, Dwinal Wood, Anne & Ken Young, Teresa & Derek Zardus

under $25

Anonymous, Joseph Brandt, Han Ji Chang, Aleana Chaplin, Arlene Fabbri, Alice Gifford, Laura Hamilton, Natalie Harris, Janet House, Genevieve Monks Keller, Emilie Knight, Kelsey Kobik, Jennie Marvelle, Larinda Meade, Cynthia Parker, Terry Lynn Pulley, Joyce Shelleman, Lesia Sochor, Sandra Stanton, Helen Wright

 

Memorial/ Honor Gifts

In memory of  Judy from Kevin Kane
In memory of Florence Daly from Don & Sheila Stratton
In memory of Carol Elizabeth Cole (1941-2012) from Ellerbe Cole
In memory of Audrey Reishus from Sharon Reishus
In memory of Richard Kingdon from anonymous

Gift from Nate Rudy & Adrian Blevins in honor of Nancy Keenan Barron
Gift from Margaret K. Bixler in honor of Nancy Bixler
Gift from Mick Seitzinger in honor of Robin Miller and Nancy McGinnis

In-kind donations & support

Tom Bolster and Gosline’s Hardware – gift certificate for Art2012 prize
Chris Cart g-blu design – website design services
Ramona du Houx — proceeds of calendar sales
The Framemakers of Waterville – gift certificates for Art2012 prize
Ellen Gibson – gift of art for Art at Home raffle
Karen Johnson, CPA – for accounting support
Joyces Restaurant – use of meeting room for KVAA  board retreat
Ken Linaberry – a dozen upholstered folding chairs
Michael Hudak – exhibition curator & preparator
Joe Klofas – life drawing group coordinator
Nancy Meader – gift of art for Art at Home raffle
Judith Monroe — exterior door
Railroad Square Cinema – gift certificates for Art2012 prize
Row House – portion of proceeds of Dwellings book
Michael Shaughnessy – 99% signs
Slates Restaurant – coffee support & discounts
Vaughan Homestead Foundation – use of grounds & general support  for Local Food Celebration
Mary Becker Weiss – gift of art for Art at Home raffle

VERY SPECIAL THANKS to our 2012 Art at Home hosts, for opening their homes and art collections to us:

Perry McCourtney
Bruce Mayo
and Easy Street Lounge
Cynthia Murray-Beliveau and Severin Beliveau
Connie Ottman
Sarah Shed
and Joel Davis
Alan Stearns and Austin Brown
Derek
and Teresa Zardus

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KVAA receives $3,430 grant from the Maine Community Foundation

May 21, 2012 Hallowell, Maine — The Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) recently received a $3,430 grant from the Kay E. Dopp Fund of the Maine Community Foundation for a proposal entitled “Building the capacity of the KVAA and the Harlow Gallery through investments in programming, planning and sustainability”.

The funding will allow the KVAA board of directors to update the organization’s strategic plan. The planning process is especially significant for the nonprofit arts group this year since the group will soon be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Harlow Gallery. During the planning process the board and staff will solicit feedback and participation from the general community and will integrate ideas for events in 2013 to mark and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Harlow Gallery in 1963.

Kennebec Valley Art Association board and staff are strong believers in the power of planning. The organization has experienced dramatic growth and change dating from the drafting of their first ever strategic plan in 2005. Since then the Harlow Gallery’s growing reputation as a vibrant and inclusive community arts center has meant increased audience and more supporters, donors and volunteers. Membership has risen dramatically from less than 80 in 2004 to about 350 community and artist members today. The art association’s operating budget has more than tripled over the same time period, and the group successfully raised funds to make major improvements to their historic building at 160 Water Street in 2006-2009. Executive Director Deborah Fahy said that “…managing the Harlow’s growth curve has been, at times, extraordinarily challenging but also a very exciting and fulfilling process for everyone involved.”

The Kennebec Valley Art Association has been an integral part of the cultural life of central Maine for decades, and a positive economic agent from the very beginning. 2013 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Harlow Gallery in downtown historic Hallowell, an event that, in 1963, acted as a catalyst in Hallowell s urban renewal, and helped shape the city into the vibrant arts and cultural destination it is today. According to Fahy, “The current board and staff feel extremely privileged to be playing a part in furthering the 50 year legacy of the KVAA. Just like before, I expect the process of strategic planning will be a great team building process. The board works with staff to forge a new, collective vision for the future of the organization. We’ll end up with a road map to the future as we embark on the the Harlow’s next 50 years!”

The Kennebec Valley Art Association, a 501(c) membership based nonprofit, was founded in 1958 in Augusta and opened the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell in 1963. Its mission is to connect and celebratory art, artists and community.  Find out how to get involved at www.harlowgallery.org.

A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine Communities. For more information visit www.mainecf.org or call 1-877-700-6800.

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Indiegogo campaign launched!

Today the Harlow Gallery announced the start of an Indiegogo campaign in support of CSA: Community Supporting Arts, a project partnering 14 artists with 13 CSA farms in and around central Maine. The campaign aims to raise  $3,000 by July 1, 2012.  The Harlow Gallery invites the public to invest in a ‘share’ of  Community Supporting Arts through this grassroots internet fundraising tool; art and farm related perks are available to project supporters at various giving levels. Indiegogo.com is a global crowdfunding site that supports a creative community that embraces collaboration, fearlessness and authenticity. Please visit the campaign at http://www.indiegogo.com/CSA-Community-Supporting-Arts to  find out more or to make a pledge. A video by participating artist Scott Minzy of Pittston is featured prominently in the campaign.  

 

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Maine’s artist and farming communities are vibrant, idealistic groups, both key to our state’s unique sense of place. CSA: Community Supporting Arts organizers believe that artists can use the power of their artistic voices to effect social change.  The artists are busy creating art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, landscapes, challenges and ideals, and the public can follow their progress by visiting the project blog site at csaart.org. 

Artwork by all the participating artists will be exhibited at the Harlow Gallery in October  2012.  Additional exhibitions focusing on select artist/farmer pairs will take place at partner venues between November 2012 and February 2013, including Common Street Gallery in Waterville, Frontier Cafe Gallery in Brunswick, Maine Farmland Trust Art Gallery, Savory Maine Dining & Provisions in Damariscotta and the art gallery at  Sheepscot General at Uncas Farm, with additional venues to be announced soon. The timing of all the exhibitions is meant in part to help spread awareness about local CSA farms as they begin recruiting new members for 2013.

Our partnering farmers are all operating CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in and around central Maine.  In joining a CSA, folks make a financial commitment to their farm by investing in a share of the produce at the beginning of the growing season. In return farmers are committed to producing the freshest, most flavorful, high quality food possible for their members (most CSA farms adhere to organic standards as much as possible).  Typically each CSA member gets a weekly delivery of produce from early summer through harvest. Community Supported Agriculture is a grassroots response to the growing social and environmental problems of our modern industrial food system, and this local foods movement is transforming relationships between people, food and farms.  According to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association website, Maine’s CSA community includes over 160 farms with more than 6,500 families investing in their local farms through the purchase of shares.

CSA: Community Supporting Arts artist/farm partnerships are as follows:

Kate Barnes of Oakland is partnered with Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan.
Susan Bickford of Newcastle and Kelsey Kobik of  Portland are partnered with Goranson Farm in Dresden, and Dig Deep Farm (in residence at Goranson Farm).
Aleana Chaplin of Gardiner is partnered with Winterberry Farm in Belgrade.
Kim Christensen of Albion and Jamie Ribisi-Braley of Manchester are partnered with Wholesome Holmstead in Winthrop.
Matt Demers of Gardiner is partnered with SNAFU Acres Farm in Monmouth.
Kerstin Engman of Liberty is partnered with Treble Ridge Farm in Whitefield.
Tyler Gulden of Walpole is partnered with Morning Dew Farm in Newcastle.
Christine Higgins of Readfield is partnered with Annabessacook Farm in Winthrop.
Scott Minzy of Pittston is partnered with Long Meadow Farm in West Gardiner.
Maina Handmaker of Brunswick is partnered with Milkweed Farm in Brunswick.
Petrea Noyes of Lincolnville is partnered with Crescent Run Farm in Bremen.
Emily Trenholm of Portland is partnered with Fresh Start Farms in Lisbon.

CSA: Community Supporting Arts is a project of the Harlow Gallery and the Kennebec Valley Art Association in partnership with the Kennebec Local Food Initiative.  The Kennebec Valley Art Association is a 501(c)3 membership based arts organization, which has owned and operated the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell since 1963.   The Kennebec Local Food Initiative is an organization based in Gardiner, Maine that strives to strengthen community food security through access, education, information and advocacy. CSA: Community Supporting Arts has been made possible by grant funding from the Maine Community Foundation, the Maine Arts Commission and from the Davis Family Foundation.   The funds raised through Indiegogo will qualify as required matching funds for the Maine Community Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission.

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Kennebec Valley Art Association receives $1,500 grant from the Maine Arts Commission

Hallowell, Maine — The Kennebec Valley Art Association has been awarded an Arts Visibility grant of  $1,500 from the Maine Arts Commission in support of CSA:Community Supporting Arts, a project matching 14 artists with 13 CSA farms in central Maine.  The  selected artists are busy creating art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, landscapes, challenges and ideals over the course of the 2012 growing season.  The resulting work by all participating artists will be exhibited at the Harlow Gallery October 5-27, 2012.  Additional exhibitions focusing on select artist groupings will take place at partner venues in and around central Maine from November 2012 to January 2013.  The timing of the exhibitions is meant in part to help spread awareness about local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms as they begin recruiting new members towards the next season’s growing cycle.  

Interested individuals can learn more by visiting the project blogsite at csaart.org. The partnering farms are all CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms.  The way a CSA works is that people make a financial commitment to “their” farm by investing in a share of the produce at the beginning of the growing season. In return farmers are committee to producing for their members the freshest, most flavorful, highest quality food possible.  Typically each CSA member gets a weekly delivery of produces from early summer through harvest. Community Supported Agriculture is a grassroots response to the growing social and environmental problems of our modern industrial food system. According to Deborah Fahy, Executive Director of the Kennebec Valley Art Association and the Harlow Gallery, “Maine’s artist and farming communities have a lot in common, both are idealistic and creative groups, and both communities are key to Maine’s unique sense of place.  At the Harlow, we believe that that artists can use the power of their artistic voices to effect social change – or in this case to promote and celebrate the local foods movement.

The Maine Arts Commission is an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.  For more information visit them online at mainearts.maine.gov

The Kennebec Valley Art Association, a 501(c) membership based nonprofit, was founded in 1958 and opened the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell in 1963.  Its mission is to connect and celebrate art, artists and community. For more information visit them online at www.harlowgallery.org.

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Help us give a scholarship to a Hall-Dale student in 2012

In 2010 we turned our restricted scholarship funds over the the Maine Community Foundation.  The Tardiff/Fine Scholarship is currently active and goes to Cony student annually, but the funds dedicated to Hall-Dale have yet to be disbursed! This is because we are less than $700 shy of the $10,000 goal required before scholarships can be distributed.

We invite our friends from the Hall-Dale community to help by donating to the KVAA Memorial Fund.

1) Visit the Maine Community Foundation homepage, click the link to “Make a donation to the community foundation fund of your choice.” It’s on the left hand side of the page in a box with the “Give” heading.

2) From there, you can enter gift details.  There is a dropdown menu listing the  Maine Community Foundation’s most common funds, and at the bottom of the list there is an “Other” choice.  Choose other, and type Kennebec Valley Art Association Memorial Fund into the field below.

3) Under “Donation Type” select “Donation for the Fund’s Distribution”.

4) Select your payment options and thank you for your support!

KVAA Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship in memory of past members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association in Hallowell will support a graduating senior at Hall-Dale High School pursuing post-secondary education in the visual arts or art education. We hope the first scholarship will be awarded in 2012, once the principle reaches $10,000. Watch the Maine Community Foundation’s Scholarship page for Kennebec County for details.

Set up initially in the 1960’s by the board of the Kennebec Valley Art Association in Hallowell, the KVAA Memorial Scholarship was created as a way of honoring deceased members of the art association and their loved ones.

Click here for more information about this scholarship, or about the Tardiff/Fine Scholarship.

 

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Thank you to our 2011 donors and sponsors

over $10,000

Brooks Harlow Jr., Quimby Family Foundation

 

$5,000 and up

Davis Family Foundation

 

$1,000 and up

Bank of Maine, City of Hallowell, Dead River Company, Kennebec Savings Bank, Maine Community Foundation

 

$500 and up

Susan MacPerson & Dick Davies, Mattson’s Flooring & Lighting, Bob McIntire & Gail Wippelhauser, Peggy Siegle, Sustainable Structures

 

$250 and up

Betsy & Vern Cook, Downeast Energy, Allyson Handley, Peggy Cope Mascher, Patsy O’Brien & David Carr

 

$100 and up

Augusta Orthodontics (Dr. Zee), Nancy Bixler,  Larry Brown, Joanne & Wes DeCampos, John & Nancy Finnegan, Maria Fuentes, Ross Grams, Anita Hard, Phyllis Hartzler, Hattie’s Chowder House, Judith K. Herman, Michael Hudak, Wick & Ruth Johnson, Joe Klofas, Scott & Sandra Longfellow, Leroy Norwood, Celeste Poulin, Alice Rohman & Roger Carpentter, Judith Schuppien, Sarah Shed & Joel Davis, Ann C. Slocum, Alan Stearns & Austin Brown, Joan Sturmthal & Jon Lund, Betsi Jane Taylor, Kathi Wall, Joyce Walters, Winthrop Veterinary Hospital

 

$50 and up

Cynthia J. Ahlstrin, Susan Alderson, anonymous, Julie Babb, Margaret Bixler,  Linda Brouillard, Priscilla Costello, Janis Cross, Jane Davis, Ernest G. DeRaps, Jacqueline M. Drouin, Diane Dubreuil, Barbara Fisher Eldred, Shirley Elias Ezzy, Lloyd Ferriss & Jane Frost, Virgina Forrest, Joe Godleski, Linda Green, Joan & Al Hague, Mr. & Mrs. Harmon D. Harvey, Jane Higgins, Elizabeth A. Humphrey, Judith Johnson & Richard Marsano, Judith Krischik & Will Brinton, Jack Lee & Lucky Garden Restaurant,  The Liberal Cup, Penny & Reed Markley, Anthony & Linda Masciadri, James & Helen McKendry, Jan Mokros, Kay Morris, Severin & Cynthia Murray-Beliveau, Hilary Neckles, Judith Nixon, Katy Perry, Alice Harlow Ranconi, Linda Sadoff, David & Harriett Schmidt, Robert J. Sherman, Karen & Jim Simpson, June Sklar, Ann Slocum, Edna Smith, Maggie Smith, Mrs. Mildred R. Stengel, Maryanne Storer, Muriel Surowiec, Tony Van Hasselt, Sally M. Wagley, Malley Weber, John Woytowicz, Anne N. Young, Teresa Zardus

 

$25 and up

Tammy Ackerman, Karen Allen, Bill Amidon, Paula Anastasio, Nancy Keenan Barron, Kurt Bechtel, Judy Brooks, Susan & Jim Caldwell, John Carnes, Carol & Ellerbe Cole, Roberta de Araujo & Ron Kreisman, Susan Emmet, Janet Favor,  Judy Feinstein, Alice M. Gifford,  Stacie Haines, Christine & Tom Higgins, David & Janette Hodsdon, Natalie Jortner, Kevin & Judy Kane, Nancy Kelley, John Kimball, Kathleen King, Sylvia K. Kraemer, Cindy Langewisch & Nick Rehagen, Wendy Larson, Marcel LaRue, James Lunt, Pamela & Tom Macdonald, Shirley MacKay, Ellen McGuire & Powers McGuire, Richard D. Murphy USMC, Abby Norling, Petrea Noyes, Mary Oatway, Linda Phillips, Veronique Plesch, Carlton Plummer of the Plummer Gallery, Sharon Reishus, Anne Reiter, Elise Rich-Colton, Barbara Rohrbaugh, Kris Sader, Mike & Julie Sipser Warren, Don & Sheila Stratton, Allison Wells

under $25

Megan Bastey, Robin Brooks, Han Ji Chang, Susan Fowler, Jennifer Greenleaf, Carrie Haberstock, Richard Jordan, Barb Loken, Nancy McGinnis, Robin Miller, Margo Ogden, Susan J. Parks, Amy Ray, Sheila Richardson, Sandra Stanton, Linda Szadis, Charlotte Warren

In-kind donations

Debra Arter, Larry Brown, Café de Bangkok, Club 223, Colby Museum of Art, Megan Daigle, Michelle DeBruin, Michael & Dawn Dickins, Teresa & Peter Fogg, Joyce’s, Gosline’s Hardware, The Liberal Cup, Lucky Garden Restaurant, Nancy McGinnis, Amy Ray, Jamie Ribisi-Braley & Brian Braley, Jane Shain (Maine Accent Gardens), Slates Restaurant, Transco Business Technologies

Memorial/ Honor Gifts

In memory of Mary Brennan from Kathleen King

In memory of Florence Daly from Celeste Poulin

In memory of Annabel Fahy from the Sipser Warren family

In memory of Lucille Jordan

In memory of Susan A. McConnell from the Sipser Warren family

In honor of the Pondtown Poets from Susan J. Parks

In memory of Z & C from Betsy Cook

In memory of Kate & Anne from Julie Babb

2011 Silent Auction Art Donors

Paula Anastasio, Anonymous (from Texas), Andrea Antognoni, Marjorie Austin, Nancy Barron, Nancy Bixler, Ruth Bookey, Brian Braley, Martha Briana, B. Bridgham, Robin Brooks, Larry Brown, Elizabeth Budd, Kate Buehner, James Chute, Michelle DeBruin, Dawn & Michael Dickens, Michael P. Dyer, Deborah Fahy, Alysia Farrington, Virginia Forrest, Susan Fowler, Ellen Gibson, Clarence Hardy, Phyllis Hartzler, Judy Herman,  Pam Hetherly, Christine Higgins, Rex Holsapple, David Keef, Rachel Lamb, Gary Levine, John Lorence, Edward Mackenzie,  Penny Markley, James McKendry, Susan MacPherson & Dick Davies, Peggy Cope Mascher, Robin Miller, Johanna Moore, Kay Morris, Anita Morrissey, Linda Murray, Franciska Needham, Judy Nixon, Diane Noble, Chris Noyes, Petrea Noyes, Margo Ogden, Kathleen Perelka, Carlton Plummer A.W.S, Laurie Proctor, Jane Pronovost, Tom Reeves, Joy Ribisi, Jamie Ribisi-Braley,  Sheila Richardson, Judith Schuppien, Linda Szadis, Tony Van Hasselt A.W.S.,  Janet Morrill Washburn, Lisa Wheeler

Dear donors – we think we’ve got everybody in this list, but please let us know right away if we may have inadvertently left you out!  Many thanks to all of you. –Deb & Nancy

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KVAA receives $4,800 grant from the Maine Community Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Deborah Fahy, Executive Director 207-622-3813 or kvaa@harlowgallery.org
Hallowell, Maine — The Kennebec Valley Art Association recently received a $4,800 grant from the Maine Expansion Arts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to support Community Supporting Arts (CSA), a project that will pair 10 artists with 10 farmers in 2012.

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According to Deborah Fahy, Executive Director of the Kennebec Valley Art Association and the Harlow Gallery, “Maine’s artist and farming communities have a lot in common, both are idealistic and creative groups, and both communities are key to Maine’s unique sense of place.  At the Harlow, we believe that that artists can use the power of their artistic voices to effect social change – or in this case to promote and celebrate the local foods movement.”

Community Supporting Arts will match ten Maine artists with ten  CSA farmers in central Maine (within roughly 30 miles of Augusta).  Artists and farmers get to know each other well over the course of the 2012 growing season and the ten selected artists will create art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, landscapes, challenges and ideals.  The resulting work by all ten artists will be exhibited at the Harlow Gallery in October 2012.  Additional exhibitions focusing on different artist/farmer pairs will take place at partner venues in central Maine November 2012 to January 2013.  The timing of the exhibitions is meant in part to help spread awareness about local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms as they begin recruiting new members towards the next season’s growing cycle.

Artists and CSA farmers interested in being considered for the project should click here for details, or contact us at 207-622-3813, or by email kvaa@harlowgallery.org.

Artists working in a range of media, including but not limited to, painters and other 2D artists working in any media, printmakers, fiber-artists, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers and video artists, installation artists and performance artists are encouraged to apply.

Partnering farmers will be those operating CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) farms within roughly 30 miles of the state capital.  The way a CSA works is that people make a financial commitment to “their” farm by investing in a share of the produce at tlhe beginning of the growing season. In return farmers are committee to producing for their members the freshest, most flavorful, highest quality food possible.  Typically each CSA member gets a weekly delivery of produces from early summer through harvest. Community Supported Agriculture is a grassroots response to the growing social and environmental problems of our modern industrial food system.

The Kennebec Valley Art Association, a 501(c) membership based nonprofit, was founded in 1958 and opened the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell in 1963.  Its mission is to connect and celebratory art, artists and community.
A statewide organization with office in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation partners with donors and nonprofits to strengthen Maine Communities.  For more information visit www.mainecf.org or call 1-877-700-6800.
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Season’s Greetings!

We are grateful for major support from the following in 2011: The Bank of Maine, Mr. Brooks Harlow Jr., The City of Hallowell, Dead River Company, Kennebec Savings Bank, and the Quimby Family Foundation. Warm wishes for happy holidays and all the best in 2012!

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Thank you Quimby Family Foundation!

The Portland-based Quimby Family Foundation recently awarded a grant of $12,996, to the Kennebec Valley Art Association in support of programming at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell.  The grant was part of $1.3 million awarded to 70 Maine nonprofit organizations that focus on conservation, education, sustainable agriculture, and the visual and performing arts.  The grants were given out at a celebratory reception at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport at the end of August.  

The Kennebec Valley Art Association is a membership-based non-profit art association, promoting the arts and artists at all levels in central Maine.  The art association has owned and operated the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell since 1963.  The funds will support operating costs relating to education committee initiatives supporting area art teachers K-12 and their students; the Harlow Gallery internship program for college students in the arts; long term programmatic planning in the area of exhibitions; development of the KVAA’s new community membership program and advanced staff training in the use of donor database software.

Roxanne Quimby well-known Maine businesswoman, environmentalist, and philanthropist formed the Quimby Family Foundation in 2004. The next year, her twins, Hannah Quimby and Lucas St. Clair, joined the board of directors. Their mission is to advance wilderness values and to increase access to the arts in Maine.

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We made our Kickstarter goal of $850!!!

Thanks so much for everyone who contributed to help support the financial costs of presenting Young at Art !!

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Students who excel at sports are routinely recognized by the greater community; we want to celebrate students who excel in the arts! Young at Art is not supported by grant funding this year for the first time in five years. So we’re reaching out to the community via Kickstarter. If you believe, as we do, in arts enrichment for kids; in arts as an integral part of the community; and that the arts enhance the quality of life for people of all ages in central Maine; then we invite you to be a part of Young at Art!

Young at Art has been an annual celebration of March as “youth art month” at the Harlow Gallery since 2004. This year we’ll feature two exhibitions of artwork by students from central Maine, the first, Higher Forms of Art, will be on view March 2-12, 2011, showcasing work by high school students. Young at Art K-8 will be on view March 16-26.

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Filmed and edited by a Maine 6th grader, our video ARTASTIC! stars two young Maine artists creating art at the Harlow Gallery.  ARTASTIC! was made to help promote Young at Art at the Harlow Gallery. Music by Nat Hussey of Matinicus Island, Maine is from his CD “Papa Goose” and is used with his permission. Visit Nat at www.nathussey.com.

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Kennebec Valley Art Association invites area businesses to support the arts

Press Release 2/2/2011
Hallowell, Maine

In conjunction with an outstanding lineup of exhibitions and events for 2011, the Kennebec Valley Art Association is pleased to announce the launch of its first sponsorship campaign. Businesses and individuals wanting to support great happenings at the KVAA’s Harlow Gallery are invited to learn more about how their sponsorship can play a crucial role.

For over half a century, the KVAA has literally been adding color and character to Maine’s creative economy. Its home, the Harlow Gallery, has been a familiar part of the historic downtown Hallowell landscape, like Dom’s barber shop, Slates Restaurant and Boynton’s Market. But as one member artist put it, “This is not your grandmother’s art gallery.”

The KVAA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose over 350 members include emerging and professional artists as well as community members who appreciate the arts in all forms. Offerings at the KVAA’s Harlow Gallery include exhibits, installations and performance arts; classes and workshops, art talks and community events. The small storefront gallery in the heart of downtown Hallowell, has recently made headlines in the central Maine press, as well as Bangor and Portland-based media. The supportive community within the KVAA offers exposure and professional development for established and emerging artists, and an introduction to art media and exploration of techniques and approaches for everyone. A glance at the Harlow Gallery website shows the depth and breadth of the variety of participants — from grade school students to seniors.

Topics have included environmental concerns, hunger, civil rights, disabilities, as well as lighter subjects such as gingerbread houses and all things Hallowell.

A paid part time staff of merely three, as well as board members and other community volunteers, make this happen. These folks are dedicated, creative and resourceful– but they could not succeed without the support of corporate and individual donors. KVAA/Harlow executive director Deb Fahy estimates that each major exhibit at the Harlow costs $2,500 in operating expenses and overhead.

To meet its budget, the KVAA needs to raise $6,000 through its 2011 sponsorship campaign. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations can be part of the Harlow’s success story by making tax-deductible gifts as modest as $250, to support a particular program or initiative– or wherever funds are most needed. In-kind donations of goods and services can also help the KVAA/Harlow continue to meet its mission to celebrate and support the connection of arts, artists and community.

At the moment, the Harlow Gallery is closed for a few weeks’ hiatus, its walls uncharacteristically bare while a shiny new wooden floor is laid and other renovations are completed. But the empty space is filled with an almost palpable sense of excitement, in anticipation of all that is to come, in February and throughout 2011. The gallery doors will reopen to welcome the public to the KVAA’s silent art auction February 9th-12th; a screening of Nova’s ‘Art 21’ for the Harlow’s first free movie night will take place on the 10th. From February 16th-26th the Harlow will showcase amazing art from Spindleworks, a Brunswick-based art center for people with disabilities, which will also be also the focus of the next ArtTalk at the Harlow, on February 24th.

Details on upcoming exhibits and events for the remainder of 2011 may be found on the KVAA website, www.harlowgallery.org. Donors are welcome to choose which exhibition they would like to help make possible.

Every donor will enjoy the satisfaction of contributing to the local creative economy. Depending on the level of support, individual and corporate sponsors also receive recognition in the KVAA newsletter and website, future press releases, and even the gallery storefront window. For more information, please contact Deborah Fahy, Executive Director at the Harlow Gallery.

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Good Karma Coming to the Harlow!

Special session of Karma Yoga with Nancy Kelley to benefit the Harlow!

Where: River Studio at 332 Water Street in Hallowell

When: Saturday, Feb. 12th from 3pm to 4:30pm

Cost: Donation to benefit the Harlow Gallery

Many thanks to Nancy Kelley and Patty Cumler-Bryant for their support of the arts in Hallowell!

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Thanks to our major sponsors of 2010

We are especially thankful for the major support of the following organizations and businesses who helped make exhibitions and events at the Harlow Gallery possible in 2010.

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The City of Hallowell

 

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THE Evergreen Foundation

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Exhibitions and events at the Harlow Gallery in 2010 were funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2009 we were awarded a grant through the Maine Arts Recovery Program.   It supports the position of Assistant Director at the Harlow Gallery from mid 2009 to 2010, click here for full details on how our grant money was spent in 2010.

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Thank you for supporting the arts

 

Many thanks to the following the following central Maine businesses have helped make the 2010 exhibition season and events at the Harlow Gallery possible. These local businesses understand that the arts contribute to a better quality of life in our community. Please patronize our business partners and when you do, thank them for supporting the arts!

Animal Wellness Center, Augusta

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Augusta-Waterville Florist and Formal Wear

Ballard Meat & Seafood, Manchester

Benjamin Wales House Bed & Breakfast, Hallowell

Club 223, Hallowell

Community Advertiser, Farmingdale

Digital ImageWorks, Waterville

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Great Gatherings, Augusta

Karen Johnson, CPA, Augusta

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Maine Evergreen Hotel ~ Quality Inn & Suites, Augusta

Pineland Suzuki School,Augusta

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Sweetland Retreat, Manchester

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KVAA Receives $10,000 Grant from the Quimby Family Foundation

The Kennebec Valley Art Association is delighted to announce that we recently received a $10,000 grant from the Portland-based Quimby Family Foundation. The funds will be to fulfill recent strategic planning initiatives in the areas of board committee development and support; creation of education programs; internship programming; and donor relations and development.

The Quimby Family Foundation was formed in 2004 by Roxanne Quimby a businesswoman, environmentalist, and philanthropist. The following year her twins, Hannah Quimby and Lucas St.Clair joined the foundations Board of Directors and now take a leadership role in running the foundation. The mission The Quimby Family Foundation is to advance wilderness values and to increase access to the arts throughout Maine. For more information, visit www.quimbyfamilyfoundation.org.

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We’ve Met the Brooks & Miriam Harlow $20,000 Challenge!

The Kennebec Valley Art Association is delighted to announce that we’ve succeeded in raising $20,000 to complete the challenge grant presented to us at the end of 2007.  Last November Brooks and Miriam Harlow of Florida presented the art association with a $20,000 donation provided we match that amount by December 31, 2008. 

The Harlow family has a long history of supporting the Harlow Gallery, dating from the KVAA’s purchase of our building at 160 Water Street in 1963.  Back then, when Mrs. Genevieve Harlow Goodwin of Connecticut heard about efforts to raise funds to open the first art gallery in the capital area, she donated the balance needed to purchase the building.  Mrs. Goodwin asked that the new gallery be named in memory of her father, Dr. George A. Harlow, a doctor who was born in Augusta in 1867 and died in 1950.  Mrs. Goodwin’s nephew, Mr. Brooks Harlow Jr. has been a member of the Kennebec Valley Art Association since 1982, and carries on the family tradition of supporting the arts in Maine to this day.

A recent $5,000 grant from Maine Arts Commission helped to secure the matching funds along with a final $350 donation from Richard Davies and Susan Mac Pherson of Hallowell.  (THANK YOU!!)  Deborah Fahy, Executive Director of the Kennebec Valley Art Association said, “When Mr. Harlow first made the challenge some of our board members where nervous about whether we could actually raise $20,000 in just a year, but we’ve done it well ahead of schedule!  Artists and art lovers from all over the area responded with generous donations.  The people of Hallowell where extremely supportive. It’s very encouraging because it has confirmed for us that our neighbors value our presence here in downtown Hallowell and our ongoing mission to support the arts and artists of central Maine.”

The $5,000 grant came from the Maine Arts Commission’s Building Capacity in Maine’s Communities program, and was granted in part to help meet the Brooks and Miriam Harlow $20,000 challenge.  The money will be used to support the position of Assistant Director (new as of 2007).  Nancy Barron of Gardiner is currently working in this position.  The grant funds will also be used for technical and clerical support for the volunteer treasurer of the Kennebec Valley Art Association.  Penny Markley of Winthrop is currently serving in this role. 

The Maine Arts Commission works to encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; to expand the state’s cultural resources; and to encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.  For more information about the Maine Arts Commission, visit http://mainearts.maine.gov/ or call 207/287-2724.

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Kennebec Valley Art Association Receives $6,500 Grant from Maine Community Foundation

The Kennebec Valley Art Association recently received a $6,500 grant from the Kay E. Dopp Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to support an updated strategic plan for the Kennebec Valley Art Association for 2009-2014 and also to provide for technical consultants for the preconstruction and planning phase of a proposed affordable artist housing project above the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell.

“The KVAA board of directors came up with the organization’s first ever strategic plan in 2004, and as a result we have experienced an exciting period of growth and change.” Said Deborah Fahy, Executive Director of the Kennebec Valley Art Association.“We need to build the capacity of the KVAA so that the organization is adequate to the challenges that come with growth. Our directors’ first responsibility is to our fiscal stability; to ensure our ability to directly serve and support our membership; and our obligation to continue to produce quality arts programming to benefit the entire community.Strategic planning will help us to meet these goals.”

On the proposed affordable artist housing project, Fahy said, “Affordable housing is a great need in Hallowell, and we believe the arts can be part of a creative solution. The final project will provide us with a source of income while also serving artists.” The Kennebec Valley Art Association is a membership-based non-profit art association.Its mission is to promote the arts and artists of central Maine.The art association has owned and operated the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell since 1963.

For 25 years the Maine Community Foundation has been partnering with donors and community groups to strengthen Maine through grants and scholarships.For more information, visit the foundation’s website at www.mainecf.org or call toll-free 1-877-700-6800.