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Give the Harlow a Lift!

The Harlow recently relocated to a larger building after 55 years in our original space in downtown historic Hallowell. Because art is for everyone, this grassroots campaign will raise funds to install a wheelchair lift to the main gallery.

CLICK HERE to contribute or learn more

Help make The Harlow accessible:

The Harlow’s new home at 100 Water Street, just down the street from our old location is the perfect building for an art-space. It has two floors and multiple rooms, doubling our exhibition capacity, we now have dedicated workshop space, a new craft shop and accessible bathrooms on each floor.  It’s much larger than our original home, and this has allowed us to expand programming to better serve the central Maine community. Our main gallery space is up a flight of stairs so it is essential that we install a wheelchair in the lobby to allow people with mobility challenges to enjoy our art exhibitions and events. We want to be able to welcome everyone in the community into our new space to enjoy the arts, including the 16% of Mainers who have some type of disability. We all know that the population of the state Maine is one of the oldest in the nation, and more and more of us are chosing to age in place. Our little city of Hallowell alone has multiple elderly housing facilities.

Phase 1: Give us a Lift!

Since early this year we have been working with consultants to determine the best, safest and most effective solutions to make the main gallery space fully accessible. We’ll be installing a professional grade wheelchair lift in the front lobby by mid 2019 or even sooner, if fundraising goes well! We’ll select one of three Maine-based ADA approved companies who have provided us with advice, recommendations and quotes to fine tune their design and specifications and complete the work as soon as we reach our fundraising goals. 

There is a good chance that the new sidewalks being installed this summer by MaineDOT as part of the Water Street reconstruction will provide us with an accessible front entrance, and one of the parking spaces in front of our building will be designated handicapped parking with a cut curb for sidewalk access. The timing is perfect!

Phase 2: lower level access

If we surpass our goal, funding will go to “Phase 2” of our accessibility project, which is to either install a stair chair or ramp to provide access to the lower level exhibition and workshop space via the front or side entrance.

A little history:

The Harlow Gallery is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA), a 501(c)3 membership-based nonprofit founded in 1958. The KVAA opened the Harlow Gallery in downtown historic Hallowell in 1963, and thousands of Maine artists have shown their work at The Harlow over the intervening decades.

The Harlow embodies central Maine’s grassroots arts community with its diversity of art forms, welcoming atmosphere and spirit of experimentation and creativity. We are a vitally important cultural touchstone not just for Augusta, Hallowell, Gardiner, but for all the surrounding rural communities. While we primarily serve central Maine as an arts and cultural center, we are a known destination for artists and art lovers from statewide and beyond, attracting over 7,000 visitors annually resulting in direct economic benefits to the region. The Harlow Gallery was designated “Best Gallery in Maine 2015” by readers of Down East Magazine by popular vote.

Our mission is to connect and celebrate art, artists and community. We believe the arts are integral to a well-rounded society and so offer exhibitions, lectures, poetry readings, workshops, performances and more. Artists and community groups use the Harlow for meetings and cultural events and we offer opportunities for artist networking and professional development. Our unique, membership-based model supports artists at all levels: students, emerging artists, artists with disabilities, hobbyists and professionals. No portfolio review is required and every member is eligible to participate in two annual members’ shows resulting in wonderfully diverse, inclusive, salon style exhibitions. 

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Art2018 People’s Choice Award: David Allen

“Bodie” by David Allen (left)

David Allen of Appleton won the People’s Choice Award 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 on view May 9 through June 2, 2018. The People’s Choice Award $100 cash prize was sponsored by Veterinarian Judith Herman, owner of the Animal Wellness Center in Augusta. Allen won the popular vote for his oil and acrylic on linen entitled “Bodie”.

 

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

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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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MARCH HAPPENINGS 2018

Keep an eye out for our new series of “Harlow Happenings.” With our move it’s been hard to navigate the what’s, when’s, and where’s of all that is going on. Harlow Happenings is our way of visualizing a month at a glance. All of the programs listed here are also located on our website in more detail. Just use our search bar to find them. 

Click the links below for printable PDF versions:

Harlow Happenings  – March 2018

Harlow Exhibitions  – 2018

 

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Announcing the Harlow Craft Shop, opening March 7th!

The Harlow Gallery is thrilled to announce their new year-round “Harlow Craft Shop” which opens to the public on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018. The Harlow Craft Shop, contained in a office-sized room, is located in the upstairs of the Gallery’s new location at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Shop hours are the same as the Harlow Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm or by chance or appointment.

A curated selection of locally handcrafted items will be for sale including pottery, woodworking, fiber and texiles, personal care, jewelry, books, prints, and more. All artists featured in the shop are primarily from the greater Kennebec Valley area and are members of the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Valley Art Association.

Interested in having your work sold in the Harlow Craft Shop? Please read through the Jury Information – then contact Allison McKeen, Marketing Manager, at kvaa@harlowgallery.org to schedule an appointment.

Our current artists are listed by media as follows:

POTTERY:
Whitney Gill Ceramics


Dylan Gifford Pottery


Maple Lane Pottery


The Potter’s Shed


WOOD:

Butler Woodworking


PERSONAL CARE:

Ledgeway Farm

JEWELRY:
Ellipsem Jewelry

FIBER/TEXTILES:
House of Bouton

Kathleen Bird

Linda Herschenfeld

PRINT MEDIA:
Tyson Pease


Jodi Renshaw | Studio 36

Quiet Tide Goods



 

 

 

 

 

 

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FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS 2018

Keep an eye out for our new series of “Harlow Happenings.” With our move it”s been hard to navigate the what’s, when’s, and where’s of all that is going on. Harlow Happenings is our way of visualizing a month at a glance. All of the programs listed here are also located on our website in more detail. Just use our search bar to find them. 

Click the links below for printable PDF versions:

Harlow Happenings  – February 2018

Harlow Exhibitions  – 2018

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SECOND SUNDAY: Spring 2018 Schedule

To kick off the 2018 lineup of SECOND SUNDAYS, Rachel Hamlin (pictured above) will be leading Personal Identity Ceramic Sculpture on Sunday, January 14 from 2-4pm

The Harlow Gallery announces their spring 2018 schedule of SECOND SUNDAY events to be held in their new location at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. SECOND SUNDAYS are community art-related events on the second Sunday of every month from 2-4PM at the Harlow Gallery. These events are free and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. SECOND SUNDAYS may have limited enrollment depending on the event. To save your spot, please call the gallery at 207-622-3813 by 6pm on Saturday preceding the SECOND SUNDAY event.

SECOND SUNDAYS are opportunities to both try something new and sharpen old skills – they are open to everyone; beginners and masters alike. SECOND SUNDAYS brings artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Most events are perfect for families, and all are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

To kick off the 2018 lineup of SECOND SUNDAYS, Rachel Hamlin will be leading Personal Identity Ceramic Sculpture on Sunday, January 14 from 2-4pm. Come work with artist Rachel Hamlin and use a variety of ceramic hand-building techniques to create a sculpture that symbolically or realistically represents your personal identity. Clay and firing will be provided by Hallowell Clay Works. Open to all ages and experience levels. Limited to 12 participants.

The Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee organizes and hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, our monthly series of free community art-making events which is lead by volunteer presenters and is sponsored by our hometown bank, Camden National Bank.

CSponsored by Camden National Bank

Donations and sponsors to support gallery programs like Second Sundays are welcome. The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3, membership-based nonprofit – your gift is fully tax deductible in accordance with current tax law. If you have an idea for a future Second Sunday event, please email us at kvaa@harlowgallery.org.

The first four SECOND SUNDAY events of 2018 are as follows:

Sunday, January 14, 2-4PM:  Personal Identity Clay Sculpture with Rachel Hamlin

Sunday, February 11, 2-4PM:  Pencil Drawing: A Different Kind of Self-Portrait with Wendy Burton

Sunday, March 11, 2-4PM:  Recycled Robots with Gayle Chung

Sunday, April 8, 2-4PM:  Nature Journaling with Andrea Lani

The Harlow Gallery 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.

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The Harlow/KVAA is Expanding!

Harlow staff  Deb Fahy (executive director), Cassie Bouton (Gallery Manager) and Allison McKeen (Marketing Manager)

We have some very exciting news to share with you: The Kennebec Valley Art Association is expanding!

Click here to read the newspaper article (Thank you, Kennebec Journal)

We just signed a lease for 100 Water Street, which is the large dark-red building at the intersection of Water, Winthrop and Front Streets. The board and staff are very enthusiastic about the potential the new space provides for expanded programming and increased visibility. The building includes two floors with:

  1. more than double the linear wall footage for exhibitions
  2. dedicated workshop and meeting space
  3. a real office instead of a converted closet
  4. an accessible bathroom on each floor
  5. a full kitchen
  6. more storage

 

Convenient parking is close by at the waterfront. Plans are in the works to make the building entrance and both floors accessible in the near future.

This move has been a long time coming. Over the past decade, the Harlow Gallery has gradually outgrown our current space both for our programs and in its ability to support practical staffing needs. Our programs and our earned income are limited by the fact that everything has to take place in one room of less than 800 square feet. Our office space only allows one staff member to work at a time, storage space is inadequate and the space is not ADA compliant.

The leadership of the Kennebec Valley Art Association has been discussing options to meet these challenges since 2007.  We have steadily built our brand over the past decade, proving year after year our ability to craft high quality programs with statewide impact. We are a cultural destination and resource for local people and tourists, drawn by our growing reputation for unique, innovative and inclusive exhibitions of Maine art. While we love the old Harlow Gallery, it is time to make this change. Watch for news of an open house celebration coming soon!

We will be in touch again very soon with an update on our plans for increased programming. We have a lot to do over the next few months and will do our best to keep you informed. Don’t forget to check our website and facebook pages for more news. So hang on, it’s going to be an exciting ride!

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Congratulations to our Art Raffle 2017 Winner

“Mudroom”, Watercolor, by Chris Cart

Congratulations to Maggie Warren, whose name was drawn as the winner of our art raffle fundraiser! Maggie won a custom painting by Hallowell artist Chris Cart; it will be her choice of a portrait of one or two people, or a painting of a home or business. The raffle drawing took place during Hallowell’s Woodstock Festival on Sunday, August 13th, 2017. Raffle proceeds pay the artist for his work, and support art programs at the Harlow Gallery, owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership-based 501(c)3 nonprofit since 1963. Many thanks to everyone who participated in this fun fundraiser for the Harlow Gallery/KVAA!

About Chris Cart
Over the years I have created many murals. Working big is having the sky for your canvas. However, I have also worked very small, illustrating over 30 books and book covers, painting miniatures, carving block prints, drawing etchings and monotypes. I love making things.

As a young ‘starving artist’, I started out as a sculptor in Guadalajara, Mexico, carving masks, and modeling figures in clay. But I found the lure of the brush too much to resist. And the best advice given to me back then by an old artist was, “Draw, draw, draw.” I have never stopped.

With a pencil or brush in hand I can create worlds within the canvas frame. The figures are my players and the canvas my stage. However, I am no fantasy artist. Reality creates the spark. My eyes open, I find things that need to be in my paintings.

Born in Maine, I can claim that much coveted ‘native’ status but in truth I lived away a lot. My bones are solid New England stock but my blood carries the dusts of years in Mexico…and a bit of rust from the Pacific Northwest as well.”

In February 2015 Christopher Cart completed his large 14 x 40 foot mural, Kennebec, commissioned for the lobby of the new Capital Judicial Center, in Maine’s capital city. The mural tells the story of the people of the Kennebec River with over 50 figures from 500 years of living and working on the river.

The Harlow Gallery 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.

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Abe Goodale and Liza Stratton tie for People’s Choice Award!

Abe Goodale of Camden and Liza Stratton of South Portland tied for the People’s Choice Award by popular vote at the conclusion of Art2017 at Harlow Gallery in Hallowell; gallery visitors were invited to vote for their favorite work of art during the Gallery’s 22nd annual juried art show on view May 12 through June 24, 2017. Veterinarian Judith Herman, owner of the Animal Wellness Center in Augusta generously donated another $100 so that both Goodale and Stratton received a $100 cash prize. Goodale won the popular vote for his watercolor entitled “Islander” and Stratton for her mixed media sculpture entitled “freedom.” Goodale and Stratton were also both awarded Honorable Mentions for their pieces at the opening of Art2017 on May 12th.

The Harlow Gallery 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.

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Fall 2017 SECOND SUNDAYS Schedule

The Harlow Gallery announces that SECOND SUNDAYS, their series of free community art-related events has events scheduled through the end of  2017 and plans to continue the series into 2018 as well. Mark your calendars and look forward to a variety of activities on the second Sunday of every month from 2-4PM at the Harlow Gallery. These events are FREE and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well.

These events are opportunities to both try something new and sharpen old skills. They are open to everyone; from beginners to professional artists and everyone in between. SECOND SUNDAYS brings artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at and discussing it. Most events are family-oriented, and all ages are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

The Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee organizes and hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, their monthly series of free community art-making events which is lead by volunteer presenters and is sponsored by, Camden National Bank.

Donations and sponsors to support gallery programs like Second Sundays are welcome. The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3, membership-based nonprofit – your gift is fully tax deductible in accordance with current tax law. If you have an idea for a future Second Sunday event, please email us at kvaa@harlowgallery.org.

Upcoming SECOND SUNDAY events in 2017:

Sunday, July 9th, 2-4PM: Paper Cut Painting, lead by Gayle Chung
Create beautiful pieces of art with paper.  Play with shapes, colors, and textures using cut paper to make art.  Explore the versatility of paper and breaking the boundaries of the 2D surface.  

Sunday, August 13th, 2-4PM: Poetry, lead by Claire Hersom
“What’s in a SECOND SUNDAY poetry event? Laughter, camaraderie, thought, beauty, creativity, discovery.  Come join the fun with poet Claire Hersom and let your inner poet speak.

Sunday, September 10th, 2-4PM: Creative Writing, lead by Mathew Scease
Mathew will start off with some very short, structured writing exercises, then provide prompts and ideas so that you can spend the bulk of the time writing on your own. The event will end with sharing of participant’s work (not mandatory) and reflection on the creative process. Bring something to write with, either pen and paper or a computer. (Optional) bring a favorite piece of writing to share aloud for inspiration.

Sunday, October 8th, 2-4PM: Quilling, lead by Louise Poirier Stickney
Join Louise Poirier Stickney in exploring the art of quilling, which consists of curling narrow strips of paper into circles. Form the circles into various shapes and use those shapes to create flowers, snowflakes, pictures, 3-D creations, and more.

Sunday, November 12th, 2-4PM: The Art of Colored Pencils, lead by Janice Norton  
This event will teach participants how to use colored pencils in different ways, to achieve new levels of depth and feeling. Discover how to layer colors, add different types of pencils and mediums to create texture, depth, and liveliness. Colored pencils are an exciting medium; using them takes time and patience, but the result is very rewarding.

Sunday, December 10th, 2-4PM:  Ken Linaberry Memorial Beading Session, lead by Tonya Gorman
Honoring the memory of the late Ken Linaberry, participants have the opportunity to use beads from his collection which were kindly donated to the Gallery to create their own beaded items. This Second Sunday session will feature a demo of simple beading tools, supplies and techniques. A simple and fun beaded project will be featured. This beading session is also great chance to create handmade gifts in time for the holidays.

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Art2017 Prize Winners

2017 Best in Show | Harrison Walker | “Portals”

The Harlow Gallery has announced the award-winning artists for Art2017, the 22nd annual juried art show on view May 12  through June 24, 2017. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6pm. Harlow Gallery‘s annual juried show is a tradition that draws artists to Hallowell from all over the state.

This year’s juror is Corey Daniels, curator and owner of the Corey Daniels Gallery in Wells, Maine. The Corey Daniels Gallery exhibits a synthesis of found art and objects with contemporary artwork by emerging and mid-career artists working in diverse practices. Drawn to objects with intrinsically compelling qualities, Corey Daniels collects and presents paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and utilitarian objects with a refined eye for patina, texture, and form.

Prizes were awarded at the opening reception on Friday, May 12th as follows:

Best in Show and a $500 cash prize sponsored by The Marketplace at Augusta was awarded to Harrison Walker of Rockport for his series entitled “Portals.” Medium: found images and objects, acrylic paint, charcoal, conte crayon, cyanotype, etching ink, film developer, graphite, gum bichromate, liquid light emulsion, lithographic ink, paper, pencil, pigments, sodium carbonate, silver nitrate, tannic acid, van dyke brown, and wax. Corey Daniels wrote, “Harrison Walker’s work is absolutely stunning, from the simplicity of the composition to the depth of the different surfaces Walker manages to coax out of experimental photographic processes. Encountering this series is one of the single-most exciting artistic finds in recent memory.”

 
left: photo courtesy of Harrison Walker, Right: photo by Allison McKeen

Second Place, with a $250 cash prize sponsored by McKee Law was awarded to Nancy Bixler of Hallowell for her graphite mixed media piece entitled “Invisible Cities II”. Corey Daniels stated, “Nancy Bixler’s muted tones and subtle surfaces invite slow, quiet observation. There is an industrial feel to this work, as well as the sense of accomplished and thoughtful restraint.”

 
Photos by Allison McKeen

Juror’s Choice Prize, and a $200 cash prize sponsored by the Maine Film Center was awarded to Oliver Solmitz of Bethel for his untitled sculpture in welded steel and paint. Corey Daniels describes Oliver Solmitz’s steel work as “…an accomplished geometric piece. Not enough artists in Maine are working in steel on any scale. The surfaces and intersections within this work are spot on.”

 
Photos by Allison McKeen

Third Place, with a $100 cash prize sponsored by M.J. Bouton Contracting went to Andrew Elijah Edwards of Topsham for his untitled video. Daniels wrote that “Andrew Elijah Edwards’ video piece brings a hypnotic kind of calm to the space. The slowing of time is cathartic and the silence oddly comforting.”

 
Photo by Allison McKeen | Click here to watch the video

The following artists were awarded Honorable Mentions:

Michele Caron of Buxton for her pieces “Take Flight” and “Hold Open”, which are acrylic, ink and gesso on panel. Corey Daniels wrote “Michele Caron’s submissions are expertly executed geometric works. Her surfaces and palette are impeccable.”


Photo by Allison McKeen

Lisa Evans of Portland for her ceramic piece entitled “Ancient Script I”, wood fired with salt, ash and oxide. Corey Daniels stated “Lisa Evans’ submission is a beautiful little object. It has Japanese influence, a gorgeous glaze, and is quite simply well-potted.”

  
Photos by Allison McKeen

Abe Goodale of Camden for his watercolors entitled “Fishing Fog” and “The Islander”. Corey Daniels wrote that “Abe Goodale’s watercolors offer a compelling interplay of careful rendering and simply allowing the paint to flow into abstraction. The use of light in these pieces is particularly striking and each work is incredibly well done.”

 
Photos by Allison McKeen

Liza Stratton of South Portland for her sculpture entitled “freedom”, created out of packing tape, fabric stiffener, wooden dowel and an American flag. Corey Daniels stated  “Liza Stratton’s work is decidedly of this moment, emblematic of a time when it is increasingly difficult to fathom the political climate in which we find ourselves. Her craftsmanship is equally impressive.”

  
Photos by Allison McKeen

During the exhibition at the Harlow Gallery, visitors are asked to help determine the winners of the People’s Choice Award, which comes with a $100 cash prize sponsored by The Animal Wellness Center of Augusta to be awarded by popular vote at the end of the exhibition.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12-6pm.

Exhibitions at the Harlow Gallery are underwritten by our Patron of the Arts sponsor Camden National Bank, and by our season sponsors Capitol Dental Care, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Kennebec Savings Bank, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, Slates Restaurant and the City of Hallowell.

The Harlow Gallery, home of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, is a membership based 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.

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CSA II Update | May 2017

“Below” by Helene Farrar of Manchester, paired with Farmer Kev’s in West Gardiner.

We’re excited to share our second official update on the Community Supporting Arts (CSA II). Artists are visiting their farms, forming ideas, and starting to develop their own projects. This update includes a few images of the work our artists are working on as well as a few photos from farm visits showing the artists interacting with their farms. (click the links below to view full albums.) Stay tuned for future updates. For those of you on instagram, check out CSA II at @csa_community_supporting_arts. 

Click the links below to view full photo albums of behind-the-scenes farm visits with artists.
Staff photos by Allison McKeen. Stay tuned for more photos.

Tim Ouillette at Hancock Family Farm
Dylan Gifford at Wholesome Holmstead

 

About CSA II: In Late 2016, the Harlow Gallery announced 13 artist/farm partnerships for Community Supporting Arts (CSA II) project taking place across Maine in 2017. Participating artists visit their partner farms regularly beginning in January, at the very start of the 2017 growing season, creating art inspired by their farmer’s lives, work, and landscape. The resulting body of artwork will be exhibited at three venues in the fall of 2017, at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, at Maine Farmland Trust’s gallery in Belfast and at Engine in Biddeford.

All the participating farms are Community Supported Agriculture (CSA farms).  A CSA farm sells shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season. CSA II will use the power of art to promote the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming and of buying locally grown food. Our food industry is a critical key to a sustainable economy and the health and well-being of Maine citizens in an age of accelerating climate change

For more information about CSA II and for a full listing of artist/farm partnerships, click HERE.

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CSA II Update | March 2017

Painting by Susan Bartlett Rice of Walpole, who is paired with Tarbox Farm of Westport Island.

Although in its early stages, the Community Supporting Arts (CSA II) project is now well underway. Plants are sprouting and ideas are forming. Artists are starting to visit their farms and develop their own bodies of work. We are thrilled to share a few images showing what some of our artists are working on. Stay tuned for future updates. For those of you on instagram, check out CSA II at @csa_community_supporting_arts. 

About CSA II: In Late 2016, the Harlow Gallery announced 13 artist/farm partnerships for Community Supporting Arts (CSA II) project taking place across Maine in 2017. Participating artists visit their partner farms regularly beginning in January, at the very start of the 2017 growing season, creating art inspired by their farmer’s lives, work, and landscape. The resulting body of artwork will be exhibited at three venues in the fall of 2017, at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, at Maine Farmland Trust’s gallery in Belfast and at Engine in Biddeford.

All the participating farms are Community Supported Agriculture (CSA farms).  A CSA farm sells shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season. CSA II will use the power of art to promote the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming and of buying locally grown food. Our food industry is a critical key to a sustainable economy and the health and well-being of Maine citizens in an age of accelerating climate change

For more information about CSA II and for a full listing of artist/farm partnerships, click HERE.

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*NEW* Online Store on Artcloud

We are excited to announce our new online store on Artcloud. Be sure to check in periodically for new content as we update according to current programming. Note: there is now a “SHOP” tab on the navigation bar of our homepage, for easy accessibility.

Click here to check it out!

We are also offering an artist profile on Artcloud as a membership perk to Sustaining Artist Members. Contact Cassie Bouton, gallery manager, for details at 207-622-3813 or cassie@harlowgallery.org.

 

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Spring 2017 Schedule of SECOND SUNDAY Workshops

After another successful and inspiring year of SECOND SUNDAY events, The Harlow Gallery is happy to announce that the series of free community art-related events has workshops scheduled through June 2017 and plans to continue the series throughout 2017. Mark your calendars and look forward to a variety of activities on the second Sunday of every month from 2-4PM at the Harlow Gallery. These events are free and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. Let’s get creative!

These workshops are opportunities to both try something new and sharpen old skills – they are open to everyone; from beginners to professional artists and everyone in between. SECOND SUNDAYS brings artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Most events are perfect for families, and all ages are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

The Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee organizes and hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, our monthly series of free community art-making events which is lead by volunteer presenters and is sponsored by our hometown bank, Camden National Bank.

CSponsored by Camden National Bank

Donations and sponsors to support gallery programs like Second Sundays are welcome. The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3, membership-based nonprofit – your gift is fully tax deductible in accordance with current tax law. If you have an idea for a future Second Sunday event, please email us at kvaa@harlowgallery.org.

SECOND SUNDAY (January-June, 2017):

Sunday, January 8, 2-4PM: Artful Postcards, lead by  Margo Ogden
Make a postcard for the Harlow’s upcoming fundraiser show “Posted”! Draw, paint, collage, write a poem or mix it all together. Join your friends and fellow artists and create an artful card for this fun mini exhibition! The gallery will have the cards and basic materials available but feel free to bring your favorite tools or media. All welcome.

Sunday, February 12, 2-4PM:  Wire Sculpture, lead by Don and Eileen Kerr
Don and Eileen Kerr offer a workshop using simple tools and wire for ages 10 and up.  At the completion of the session each participant may bring home a wire figure – which he/she will have made, and could be mounted on a base. Please note: Because of the nature of materials and tools, the workshop is limited to 12 participants. Don and Eileen are practicing artists with many years of experience working with children and adults. Explore some basic methods of working in this versatile material.  You just might surprise yourself with new abilities! The wire provided is thin gauge plastic coated wire which is easily worked with fingers and only a few tools will be needed, also provided. If you have some beads and such things as electrical components to share, bring them along and discover how things can be incorporated into your pieces. All welcome.

Sunday, March 12, 2-4PM: Collage, lead by Robin Brooks
“Drawing with Torn-Paper Shapes” comes right out of the Silberstein-Storfer Jones book titled “Doing Art Together: Discovering the Joys of Appreciating and Creating Art as taught at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s famous parent-child workshop.” I love the idea of parents and children having the chance to work in the same room. Ideally there will be a parent table and a children’s table so there can be both proximity and independence. All welcome.

Sunday, April 9, 2-4PM: Pinhole Photography, lead by Johanna Moore 
Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day is April 30, 2017. Join us on Sunday April 9 to learn about the rudiments of pinhole photography and to build your own camera so you can jumpstart your adventures in analog photography. All welcome.

Sunday, May 21, 2-4PM:  Extraordinary Embroidery, lead by Maggie Muth
Maggie Muth is the founder and director of Stitch HIVE in Portland Maine, an itinerant open maker space. Join Maggie and play with needle and thread, using cloth and unconventional materials. Learn how to make embroidery in unexpected ways. No experience necessary. All welcome.

Sunday, June 11, 2-4PM: Watercolor, Lead by Kay Morris
Through demonstrations and hands on experience, this event will touch on basics for both drawing and watercolor. To become familiar with watercolor and how it reacts on paper, participants will focus on doing a simple still life. All welcome.

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Congratulations to Our Art Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Karen Simpson, whose name was drawn as the winner of our art raffle fundraiser! Karen won a custom painting (as seen above) by Hallowell artist Chris Cart, her choice of a portrait of one or two people, or a painting of a home or business. The raffle drawing took place during Hallowell’s Woodstock Festival on Sunday, August 14th. Raffle proceeds pay the artist for his work, and support art programs at the Harlow Gallery, owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership-based 501(c)3 nonprofit since 1963. Many thanks to everyone who participated in this fun fundraiser for the Harlow!

About Chris Cart
Over the years I have created many murals. Working big is having the sky for your canvas. However, I have also worked very small, illustrating over 30 books and book covers, painting miniatures, carving block prints, drawing etchings and monotypes. I love making things.

As a young ‘starving artist’, I started out as a sculptor in Guadalajara, Mexico, carving masks, and modeling figures in clay. But I found the lure of the brush too much to resist. And the best advice given to me back then by an old artist was, “Draw, draw, draw.” I have never stopped.

With a pencil or brush in hand I can create worlds within the canvas frame. The figures are my players and the canvas my stage. However, I am no fantasy artist. Reality creates the spark. My eyes open, I find things that need to be in my paintings.

Born in Maine, I can claim that much coveted ‘native’ status but in truth I lived away a lot. My bones are solid New England stock but my blood carries the dusts of years in Mexico…and a bit of rust from the Pacific Northwest as well.”

In February 2015 Christopher Cart completed his large 14 x 40 foot mural, Kennebec, commissioned for the lobby of the new Capital Judicial Center, in Maine’s capital city. The mural tells the story of the people of the Kennebec River with over 50 figures from 500 years of living and working on the river.

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Announcing Artist/Farmer Partnerships for CSA 2017

Announcing Artist & Farmer Partnerships in “CSA II: Community Supporting Arts 2017”

The Harlow Gallery announces 13 artist/farm partnerships for Community Supporting Arts (CSA II) project taking place across Maine in 2017. Participating artists will visit their partner farms regularly beginning in January, at the very start of the 2017 growing season, creating art inspired by their farmer’s lives, work, and landscape. The resulting body of artwork will be exhibited at three venues in the fall of 2017, at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell October 27-December 2; at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast September 22-November 10; and at Engine in Biddeford November 10 – December 16.

All the participating farms are Community Supported Agriculture (CSA farms).  A CSA farm sells shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season. CSA II will use the power of art to promote the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming and of buying locally grown food. Our food industry is a critical key to a sustainable economy and the health and well-being of Maine citizens in an age of accelerating climate change.

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The planning phase of CSA II, starting in late 2015, has been supported by grant funding from the Maine Community Foundation. The project steering committee released a statewide call to artists and farmers last spring to which 113 artists and 24 farms applied. Committee members Chris Cart, Deb Fahy, Lily Joslin, Anna Libby, Allison McKeen, Lauren Olson and Denis Thoet worked together to select and match the final partnerships as follows:

Ingrid Ellison of Camden is partnered with Hope’s Edge Farm in Hope.

Helene Farrar of Manchester is partnered with Farmer Kev’s in West Gardiner.

Dylan Gifford of Kents Hill is partnered with Wholesome Holmstead in Winthrop.

Karen Merritt of Portland is partnered with Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick.

Anna O’Sullivan of Portland is partnered with TheFarmME in Saco.

Tim Ouillette of Portland is partnered with Hancock Family Farm in Casco.

Tyson Pease of Gardiner is partnered with Tender Soles Farm in Richmond.

Alyssa Phanitdasack of Portland is partnered with Sheepscot General Farm & Store in Whitefield.

Jessica Rhoades of Thomaston is partnered with Whatley Farm in Topsham.

Susan Bartlett Rice of Walpole is partnered with Tarbox Farm in Westport Island.

Nicholas Runco of Oakland is partnered with Kennebec Valley Community College CSA in Hinckley.

Kris Sader of Orono is partnered with Ripley Farm in Dover-Foxcroft.

Rebecca May Verrill of Portland is partnered with Frith Farm in Scarborough.

Five years ago, in 2012 we organized the first Community Supporting Arts (CSA) project to connect Maine’s artist and farming communities, two vibrant and idealistic groups that are key to our state’s unique sense of place. CSA I was a huge success and the Harlow Gallery staff and volunteers are thrilled to be bringing it back in 2017.

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Art at Home 2016 – a Success!

Tour participants getting a tour of Chris Walters’ home.

Many thanks are in order to all those who helped make Art at Home in Hallowell possible! Thank you to our amazing volunteers, homeowners, ticket-buyers, and sponsors. We had about 70 people circulating over the course of the day. If you took any photos, please feel free to share them with us at harlowgallery@gmail.com or use #ArtAtHome2016 on social media. 

Art at Home is a unique twist on the usual garden/house tour model, offering a self-guided tour of local residences with a focus on art, distinctive decor and more. The participating venues were selected to showcase not only their residents’ art collections, but also their relationships with their art, and the way art and living space are integrated in their personal spaces.

Sponsored by:
Forgotten Stoneworks and Edward Jones Financial Advisor Julie Barter Lucas 

Staff photos by Allison McKeen

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SECOND SUNDAYS Fall 2016 Schedule Announced

After a another successful and inspiring year of SECOND SUNDAY events, The Harlow Gallery is pleased to announce the fall 2016 line-up of the free community art-related events. Mark your calendars and look forward to a variety of activities on the second Sunday of every month  from 2-4PM at the Harlow Gallery. These events are free and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. Let’s get creative!

These workshops are opportunities to both try something new and sharpen old skills – they are open to everyone; form beginners to  professional artists and everyone in between. SECOND SUNDAYS brings artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Most events are perfect for families, and all ages are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

The Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee organizes and hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, our monthly series of free community art-making events which is lead by volunteer presenters and is sponsored by our hometown bank, Camden National Bank.

CSponsored by Camden National Bank

Donations and sponsors to support gallery programs like Second Sundays are welcome. The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3, membership-based nonprofit – your gift is fully tax deductible in accordance with current tax law. If you have an idea for a future Second Sunday event, please email us at kvaa@harlowgallery.org.

SECOND SUNDAY (July – December, 2016):

Sunday, July 10, 2-4PM: Clay FiguresMalley Webber

  • Come create clay figures using paper clay. Learn how to make small armatures and the benefits and uses of paper clay. All work will go home with you that day, no need to fire. Be as creative and intricate as you desire. All ages welcome.

 

Sunday, August 14 2-4PM: Spacial Dynamics and Mandalas: Exploring Space in Movement and ArtRose Swan and Jeremy Clough

  • “Space is not a silent void. Space speaks. Its language is movement.” ­ Jaimen McMillan. Come explore the space around you in an embodied creative process. Through the media of both movement and art, we will explore the language of space. Experience Spacial Dynamics movement practices and then move into the medium of colored pencils and paper to draw mandalas. No movement or art experience necessary. All ages welcome.

 

Sunday, September 11, 2-4PM:  Paper + Scissors = Incredible Paper CutsLeslie A. Miller

  • Paper cuts are made by young and old almost all over the world. In our short two hours we shall investigate many forms of this craft, and then try our hand with various tools and papers. Sharing knowledge of our own experiences is always a welcome part of our get togethers. All ages welcome.

 

Sunday, October 9, 2-4PM: Who Says You’re Not A Poet?Bob MacLaughlin

  • If you think you can’t write poetry, October’s Second Sunday is for you. Forget everything you think you don’t know, and just show up. Can’t spell? Forget it. Not so good with grammar? Forget it. Don’t know any poetic forms? Forget that, too. All you need is your big bag of experiences and unique way of seeing the world. The rest will take care of itself. You might even have fun. All ages welcome.

 

Sunday, November 13, 2-4PM: The Artist’s Book ­ It’s a Foldable World!Cynthia Ahlstrin

  • Come learn to make beautiful multiple page book forms without the use of glue. We’ll learn to create books that fold and flutter. We’ll then move on to complete our books with Japanese ­styled Wrap Covers. No book making experience is necessary. All ages welcome.

 

Sunday, December 11, 2-4PM: SnowflakesCassie Bouton

  • Join us for a peaceful, calming, family-friendly activity amidst a busy and sometimes stressful season. Learn how to make basic cut-outs or more ornate and advanced paper cutting techniques. All ages welcome.