Harlow in the news: “Dunn Gets it Done at the Harlow”

Capital Weekly article, November 2, 2009


The Harlow in the news: “Hark, the Harlow’s Haunted”

Capital Weekly, Oct 25, 2009


T-shirts are here!


just $15 each

all proceeds support arts programming at the Harlow Gallery

featuring “The Muse” by Susan Elliot

modeled by Kelly Herlihy & David Keef


Harlow in the News “Tree Huggers T-shirt Embraces Harlow”

The Capital Weekly, October 12, 2009

Tree Huggers T-shirt Embraces Harlow


Artist Designed T-Shirt to Raise Funds for the Harlow Gallery

"The Muse" by Susan Elliot
“The Muse” by Susan Elliot



$15 each — available at the Harlow by Friday, October 16

Staff at the Harlow Gallery had been thinking about holding a T-shirt design contest, to raise money to support arts programming at the busy non-profit art gallery in downtown Hallowell.  But when Susan Elliot submitted “The Muse” to an art show earlier this year, they all agreed it was the perfect image for the very first Harlow Gallery T-shirt fundraiser.  The shirt is currently being printed by On Top in Augusta and will soon available at the Harlow Gallery.  According to Executive Director Deb Fahy, “Our goal is to have it ready by the Hallowell Fall Festival on October 17th.”  The Harlow Gallery is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supporting artists in central Maine for over half a century.

Trees are one of Susan Elliot’s favorite subjects for her artwork. When asked about how she came up with the idea for “The Muse”, a whimsical watercolor depicting the Harlow Gallery tucked into a gnarly old tree like a hobbit house, Elliot relates the story:  “Driving past a huge hollow tree one day, I turned around and risked life and limb to stand in the road and photograph his hollowness from several angles.  Afterward, as I drove on, I began to imagine all the things that could live or hide within a giant tree, and a whole new avenue of potential tree pieces raced through my mind like wildfire.  At the time I was trying to come up with an entry for a show at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell.   Suddenly the gallery appeared within the tree, and the image of hopeful artists scattered among its broken limbs and roots, striving to fulfill the age old need of putting faces on thoughts. The concept of a muse is that it serves as a guiding spirit, or source of inspiration.”

Of herself as an artist, Elliot says, “When people ask me how long I’ve been drawing I tell them “since I could hold a pen”, which is a long time…over 45 years.   Having been discouraged when I was younger from “trying to make a hobby into a career”, I got a degree in Natural Resources, but I never stopped wanting to make a living with my art.   As a self taught artist, my credentials are patience and perseverance, and my detailed technique is done by hand with ink, watercolor, and colored pencil, mostly because one medium doesn’t satisfy me.  Until 2008  I had always drawn what people asked me to draw, and then I read an article which stated that the true soul and spirit of an artist emerges when he/she draws what they love. That one sentence opened my door into the world of drawing trees. Sometimes environmentally based, often humorous, whimsical, or full of tiny people, my trees have personalities and character and, I hope, evoke nostalgic memories, raise environmental consciousness, and appeal to the tree hugger in all of us.”


the Harlow in the news — Care for Your Child

October 6, 2009

Exhibitions News

“Care for Your Child”: Winning Artists Announced


P10202222On Saturday, October 3rd, 12 Maine artists won cash awards for excellence at the opening the Harlow Gallery’s October art exhibition.  “Care for Your Child” features paintings, photography and sculpture by Maine artists, all on the theme of caring for children.  The jurors for Care for Your Child are two nationally recognized artists, Nancy Wissemann-Widrig and John Wissemann, both of Cushing, Maine and New York. The jurors selected the winners of twelve cash prizes totaling $3,750, which were awarded as follows, all are on view at the Harlow Gallery through October 25:

First Prize, with a cash award of $1,000 was awarded to Nancy Glassman of Lincolnville for her watercolor entitled “Family Snapshots”.  Glassman’s work has been reproduced on a poster which is being distributed to hospitals, doctors’ offices, town offices and libraries across the State of Maine.  (To request a poster, please contact Project Coordinator Franciska Needham at 207-563-1227, or






Second Prize, with a cash award of $750 was awarded to Debra Arter of Damariscotta for her monotype print entitled “Connections”

Third Prize, with a cash award of $500 was awarded to Alex Gridziejko of Camden for his watercolor entitled “The Kiss”



Four fourth prizes of $250 each were awarded to the following:  Anita Hard of Hallowell for her Oil painting entitled “Dad!!!”; A. Sienna Dode of Bath for her Watercolor entitled “Sunset Piggyback’n”; Eileen Kerr of Winthrop for her Mixed Media work entitled “Assemble Together”; and Genevieve Monks Keller of Whitefield for her acrylic painting entitled “Favorite Story”.

Five fifth prizes with of $100 each were awarded to the following: Iver Lofving of Skowhegan for his reduction block print entitled “The Next Generation”; Petrea Noyes of Brooks for her mixed media painting entitled “Mela and Maddie”; Don Stratton of Augusta for his photograph entitled “Beans and Pickle”; Jennifer McKendry of Hallowell for her acrylic painting entitled “Country Fair”; and Hillary Steinau of Camden for her photograph entitled “Fading Light”.

Half the work juried into Care for Your Child is now on view at Round Top Farm in Damariscotta, along with work by the jurors and by Franciska Needham, the project organizer. Exhibitions at both venues will run from October 2nd through October 25th, 2009.  An all day open house at Round Top Farm, which is owned and operated by the Damariscotta River Association will be held on Saturday, October 10th from 11 am to 5 pm during Damariscotta’s Pumpkin Festival.

Care for Your Child features visual images of our children which the viewer may relate to in their everyday life. The idea for Care for Your Child as an art exhibit came from statistical information from the Department of Human Services in the State of Maine, citing that approximately 14,000 children each year are reported to be abused or maltreated in our state. In response to this Franciska Needham of Damariscotta came up with a plan organize Care for Your Child as a way to inspire and promote positive care giving. Art through the ages has given us all the best response to what is good within our hearts and it is hoped this exhibit will do the same around the subject of caring for children.  Additional information may be had by contacting the Harlow Gallery at 207 – 622-3813 or by email at, or contact Project Coordinator: Franciska Needham at 207-563-1227, or


14 Maine Artists Win Awards at Art2009


The Kennebec Valley Art Association proudly announces our award-winning artists, with comments from the Jurors. Many thanks to our jurors,  Carlton Plummer, A.W.S. and Helen St. Clair for creating a fine show! Prizes were awarded in a ceremony at the opening ofArt2009 on Friday, May 8, 2009.

The annual juried art exhibition at the Harlow Gallery, now in its fourteenth year, draws artists to Hallowell from all over the state of Maine. Visit the Harlow in May to experience a diverse mix of high quality artwork by Maine artists. Gallery visitors are asked to help determine the winner of one last prize: the People’s Choice Award, a $100 cash sponsored by the Animal Wellness Center will be awarded at the end of the exhibition based on popular vote. Visit the gallery and vote for your favorite! Very special thanks to all of our sponsors who helped to make Art2009 possible.

Prize winners & Sponsors Art2009

Best in Show — $500 cash prize sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank of Augusta.
Awarded to Ed McCartan of Brunswick for his acrylic painting entitled Dark Landscape

Juror Carlton Plummer: “Dark Landscape caught my attention because of the strong design, emphasized by strong contrast of value that adds to the emotion.”

Juror Helen St. Clair: “I find this painting very intriguing with many changing images, never boring.  The loose spontaneous strokes are always appealing.”

Second Prize — $250 cash prize sponsored by DownEast Energy & Building Supply of Hallowell

Awarded to Megan Bastey of Augusta for her acrylic painting entitled The Quickest Route Out

Juror Carlton Plummer: “The Quickest Route Out displays good use of media, blending painterly shapes with linear.  I especially liked the direct application of paint.”

Juror Helen St. Clair: “I’m not sure what the title means, not that it matters.  The quick gestural strokes give the painting energy open to the imagination.  I find the spatial relationships work well together.”
Third Prize — $150 cash prize sponsored by Savings Bank of Maine in Hallowell.
Awarded to Melissa Post van der Burg of Augusta for her oil painting entitled Winthrop Motel.

Juror Carlton Plummer: “Winthrop Motel presents a strong axial design created by the overlapping of the figure with the motel sign, drawing the viewer into the heart of the painting.”

Juror Helen St. Clair: “Technically well done. The design is good while at the same time telling a story. I also find the color scheme appealing.”
Carlton Plummer’s Juror’s Choice Award — $150 cash prize sponsored by Digital ImageWorks of Waterville

Awarded to Rick Rose of Temple for his oil painting entitled Swamp Music.

Juror Carlton Plummer chose Swamp Music, of Rose’s oil he said, “Swamp Music attracted my attention because of the strong value contrast, creating interesting silhouettes and forming the moody reflections and swamp growth.”
Helen St. Clair’s Juror’s Choice Award — $150 cash prize in honor of Miss Zoe Houk of Hawaii, sponsored by her grandparents.

Awarded to Michael Heiko of Portland for his photograph entitled Bug Light.
Juror Helen St. Clair chose Michael Heiko’s archival inkjet print of his photograph: “I find the dark moody atmosphere intriguing; the unique lighting with the “light” foreground present a mystical feeling.  The pinkish spotty lights and add a magical feeling to a mysterious piece.”

Honorable Mentions
1. Kate Buehner of Gardiner for her acrylic painting entitled Yellow Tulips & Tea Pot
2. Dawna Gardner of Wayne for her oil painting entitled Wolf
3. Bruce Habowski of Waterville for his oil painting entitled 15 Degrees
4. Pam Hetherly of Mt.Vernon for her oil painting entitled The Library
5. Diana Johnson of Freeport for her pastel entitled Monhegan Backlight
6. John Lorence of Edgecomb for his oil painting entitled Taos Mountain and Aspens
7. Petrea Noyes of Brooks for her painting in K3 inks & acrylic entitled Mary, Mary…
8. Laurie Proctor of Fairfield for her watercolor entitled Life’s Ride
9. Mark Upson of Durham for his sculpture entitled Pump Jack

Honorable Mention winners received valuable gift certificates donated by the following generous businesses: Artist & Craftsman Supply of Portland, Beach’s Custom Framing of Augusta, Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies, Community Wellness Center of Farmingdale, Fogg Art Custom Framing & Painting Restoration of Wiscasset, Gosline’s Hardware of Farmingdale, Slates Restaurant of Hallowell, Java Joe’s of Augusta, The Maine Accent of Hallowell and Tim Horton’s of Augusta.


Art2009 to Showcase 60 Maine Artists at the Harlow Gallery

On Monday, April 27th Carlton Plummer, A.W.S, a nationally known Maine watercolorist and Maine painter Helen St. Clair, judged the 14th annual juried art exhibition at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. 65 pieces of artwork were juried into the show out of a total of 323 submissions.A list of artists accepted into the show by town follows:
Augusta: Megan Bastey, Scott King, Marcel La Rue, Gary Levine, Melissa Post van der Burg

Belgrade: Karen S. Kelly-Philbrick

Boothbay: John G. Butke

Boothbay Harbor: James A. Taliana

Bowdoinham: George Paton, Howard M. Soloman

Bristol: Judy Nixon

Brooks: Petrea Noyes

Brunswick: Ed McCartan, Laura Siegle

Carrabassett Valley: Karen Campbell

Damariscotta: Debra Arter

Durham: Mark Upson

Edgecomb: John Lorence

Fairfield: Laurie Proctor, Karla Stratton

Falmouth: John Kimball,

Fayette: Harold Skelton

Freeport: Diana Johnson

Gardiner: Kate Bruehner, Brian Kent

Georgetown: Susan Zimmerman

Hallowell: Corliss Chastain, Bill Duffy, Nancy P. McGinnis, Hank Tyler

Kingfield: Penelope Hall

Lewiston:Benjamin C. Lambert

Littleton: Frank Sullivan

Livermore Falls: LeeAnn LaFleur

Montville: Doug Raymond

Mt. Vernon:Pam Hetherly, Judith Krischik

New Sharon: Mary Beth Morrison

Norridgewock: Danielle Gilcott

Pittston: Judith Schuppien

Portland: Michael Heiko, Jennifer M. Jackson

Readfield: Bill Wyman

Richmond: Alexis Golubow, Joselyn S. Walsh

Skowhegan: Tammi Galbraith, Linda M. Swift

Temple: Rick Rose

Topsham: Robin Brooks, Bill Tomsa

Wayne: Dawna Gardner

Whitefield: Julian Sacks

Winthrop: Nicholas Downing

The annual juried art exhibition at the Harlow Gallery, now in its fourteenth year, draws artists to Hallowell from all over the state of Maine.Join us for the opening celebration on May 8th to experience a diverse mix of high quality artwork from all corners of the state.The opening is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.$1,200 in prize money will be awarded to artists in a ceremony beginning at 6:30pm.

Of the process of jurying the exhibition, Carlton Plummer, A.W.S. said, “I was honored to be invited to be one of two jurors for Art2009 at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, sponsored by the Kennebec Valley Art Association.The opportunity to jury Art2009 had special meaning to me because I grew up in Augusta and had one of my first one-man shows at the Harlow Gallery 40 years ago.Thanks to my very compatible juror and a diligent hard working crew of volunteers and staff from the Harlow Gallery, the process went smoothly.Jurying 325 entries down to an exhibition of 65 works of art was not a simple task.I feel we selected a varied show that hopefully will be well received by those who will view it.Congratulations to all!”

–Carlton Plummer, A.W.S., juror for Art2009 with Helen St. Clair.

Prizes to be awarded at the opening (at 6:30pm) :

Best in Show $500
Many thanks to our generous sponsor Kennebec Savings Bank!

Second Prize $250

Many thanks to our generous sponsor DownEast Energy!

Third Prize $150

Many thanks to our generous sponsor Savings Bank of Maine!

First Juror’s Choice Award $150

Thank you to Digital ImageWorks of Waterville for sponsoring a Juror’s Choice award!

Second Juror’s Choice Award $150

In honor of young Miss Zoe Houk of Hawaii


$100 People’s Choice Award

Thank you Dr Judith Herman, DVM for sponsoring the People’s Choice Award!

Plus Honorable Mentions, awarded gift certificates.


EARLY BIRD ENTRY FEE (allows the artist to submit 1 or 2 pieces)
The early bird rate is available for entry forms postmarked or delivered by:

April 10th, 2009  (postmarked deadline for completed entry forms with payment).

Early bird fee is $25 for nonmembers,
or $20 for current KVAA members.

You can still enter after April 10th, you just pay the regular fee!

After April 10th the regular fee (allowing each artist to submit 1 or 2 pieces) is payable when you drop off your work at the Harlow Gallery:

Regular fee is $30 for nonmembers,
or $25 for current KVAA members

Deliver artwork for judging (to the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street, Hallowell)

Saturday, April 25th, noon-6pm
Sunday, April 26th, noon-4pm

Art2009 is open to all fine art mediums (no crafts due to space limitations). All 2D work must be properly framed and ready for hanging, with picture wire attached to securely anchored eyehooks or similar hardware. Work presented with unstable frames, hanging clips or saw-tooth hooks will NOT be accepted.

2D work — the largest wall spaces available are one at 6′ wide x 4′ high (hangable space) and one at 4′ wide x 6′ high. Most hanging space at the Harlow Gallery consists of 4′ high panels, width variable. 2D work must be hangable within this space constraint.

3D must fit through a 3’ x 6’ entrance. Pedestals up to 15” x 15” available, or you may supply one for your sculpure.

Unframed canvases are acceptable with gallery wrapped edges. Works on paper should be matted, framed and under glass. Work should have been completed within the last three years. Work previously submitted to a previous juried show at the Harlow Gallery is ineligible.

Gallery commission on work sold at the Harlow Gallery is: 30% for KVAA members and 40% for non-members. (KVAA annual dues are only $30 year — You are welcome to join the KVAA when you submit your entry form and pay the lower juried show fee at that time.)

Exhibitions and events at the Harlow Gallery are funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Exhibitions News

2009 at the Harlow Gallery

“Harlow Gallery Exhibition Schedule Announced for 2009”
The Kennebec Valley Art Association is proud to announce the 2009 exhibition schedule for the Harlow Gallery. Exhibitions are chosen from among proposals submitted by members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association as well as from Maine artists not affiliated with the organization. A volunteer committee reviews the proposals to arrive at the final schedule. The Harlow Gallery is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a non-profit membership based art association promoting the arts in central Maine for half a century.

VALUE: Portrayed in Black and White
January 16- February 1, 2009
Opening Friday, January 16, 5 to 8 p.m.
Curated by Hannah Harding-Cumler of Hallowell, Value: Portrayed in Black and White will showcase artwork of various media by art students at the University of Maine at Augusta.

Young at Art: the Teachers
February 20-March 8, 2009
Opening Friday, February 20, 5 to 8 p.m.
This years Young at Art exhibition series will showcase work by area art teachers for the first time.

Young at Art 2009
March 14-22, 2009
Opening Saturday, March 14, 3 to 5 p.m.
Sixth annual exhibit of artwork by elementary and middle school children from schools throughout the greater Augusta area. Curated by Sandra Leinonen Dunn of Chelsea. Participating schools have included Hall-Dale, Lincoln, Farrington, Hussey, Gilbert, Hodgkins, Gardiner, Laura Richards, Chelsea, Pittston, Windsor and more. Families with children are especially invited to attend! Children’s art workshops will be offered at the Harlow Gallery on weekends all this month. This year’s exhibition and workshop series is being sponsored by a generous grant from the Maine Community Foundation.

Higher Forms of Art
March 27, 28 and 29, 2009
Opening Friday, March 27, 5 to 8 p.m.
Fourth annual showcase of work by area high school artists. Three days only.

Up Against the Wall: Everyday Humor in Art
April 3-24, 2009
Opening Friday, April 3, 5 to 8 p.m.
Come visit the Harlow Gallery in April where humorous art will offer a respite from cabin fever in mud season. Juried by Judith Herman and Michael Hudak, concept by Nancy McGinnis.

May 8- 31, 2009
Opening Friday, May 8, 5 to 8 p.m. Prizes announced at 6 p.m.
Our 14th annual Juried Show draws artists from throughout central & coastal Maine. Over $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded at 6pm during the opening celebration on May 8th. Jurors are Carlton Plummer, A.W.S of Boothbay plus one other TBA.

Judith Krischik & George Paton
June 5-28, 2009
Opening Friday, June 5, 5 to 8 p.m.
Paintings by Judith Krischik of Mt. Vernon paired with large format photographs by George Paton of Bowdoinham.

Members’ Exhibition
July 3-26, 2009
Opening Friday, July 3, 5 to 8 p.m.
Original artwork by members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, inculding paintings in oils, acrylics and watercolor, plus drawings, prints, collage, photographs, sculpture and more.

Ray Skolfield 100th Birthday Retrospective
July 31, August 1 & 2, 2009
Opening Friday, July 31, 5 to 8 p.m.
Ray Skolfield was born in 1909 and work is included in many museums nationwide. He was a WPA artist during the 1930s. He died in Hallowell, his adopted hometown, in 1996. This exhibition will be on view for three days only, don’t miss it!

Paintings by Judith Schuppien
August 7-30, 2009
Opening Friday, August 7, 5 to 8 p.m.
Paintings of downtown scenes along the Kennebec by Judith Schuppien of Pittston.

Libby Barrett, Melinda Campbell, Richard Garrigus and Francine Schrock
September 4-26, 2009
Opening Friday, September 4, 5 to 8 p.m.
Paintings by Francine Schrock and Richard Garrigus of Portland. Artist books and floorcloths by Libby Barrett of Cape Elizabeth. Pen & ink drawings by Melinda Campbell of Lewiston.

Care for Your Child
October 3-25, 2009
Opening Saturday, October 3, 5 to 8 p.m. Prizes announced at 6pm.
A juried show open to all Maine artists, Care for Your Child will present a positive-reinforcing image of parenting. This is a juried show and $3,750 in cash prizes will be awarded at the opening. No fee to enter, contact the Harlow Gallery for entry forms. Project Coordinator Franciska Needham can be reached at

Megan Bastey, Rick Rose and Lisa Vigue
November 6-29, 2009
Opening Friday, November 6, 5 to 8 p.m.
Acrylic paintings by Megan Bastey of Augusta. Oil paintings by Rick Rose of Temple. Metal sculpture by Lisa Vigue of Belgrade

8 x 10 x 80
December 4-13, 2009
Opening Friday, December 4, 5 to 8p.m.
8 x 10 x 80 is back for the third year with 8” x 10” works of art on display and available for the very affordable price of $80 each.

Holiday Art Show & Sale
December 18, 2009-January 11, 2010
Opening Friday, December 4, 5 to 8p.m.
Affordable original art by local Maine artists on display through the holidays. In December all work is available for purchase and take home the same day.

 Exhibitions and events at the Harlow Gallery are funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.



Tell the monkey…

Our board and staff are planning for the future of the KVAA and the Harlow Gallery.  We want to know what you think.  We want to hear from members, artists, art lovers and from our neighbors in Hallowell.  Click on the link below to fill our survey online at Survey Monkey:Click Here to take survey  (Survey made possible by a grant from the MAINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION!)

Now Showing through January 11…

“KVAA Members’ Holiday Art Show & Sale”

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December 19 – January 11, the Kennebec Valley Art Association proudly presents its annual Member’s Holiday Art Show & Sale at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell.During this exhibit, original artwork by Maine artists can be purchased and taken home the same day.Support the arts and choose a unique gift for someone special on your gift list.

The public is invited to the opening of the Kennebec Valley Art Association’s “Annual Holiday Art Show & Sale” on the evening of Friday December 19th from 5 to 8 pm.

Plus we’ll be open on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th from noon to 6pm.
The Holiday Art Show & Sale runs through January 11th, 2009.

Regular Gallery hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from noon to 4 pm; Friday & Saturday noon to 6 pm.

Exhibitions and events at the Harlow Gallery are funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Events News

Happy Birthday to the KVAA!

The Kennebec Valley Art Association invites you

to our 50th Birthday Party!

Everyone is welcome!

Great food donated by local restaurants and excellent cooks.

Preview and early purchase opportunity for 8 x 10 x 80!!

Monday, December 1st, 6 – 9 pm


You can bring us a present!  KVAA Wish List:

Gift certificates to Staples, Lowes, Home Depot, Hannafords or Shaws.

case of paper towels or toilet paper, garbage bags (kitchen size)
clear plastic wine cups, napkins, paper plates<

non-perishable food items, wine, coffee for openings and art talks

50 or 75 watt par 30 longneck halogen flood light bulbs
50 watt par 20 medium base flood light bulbs
roll of bubble wrap

snow melt , a good snow shovel
Tools! screw drivers of various sizes, a good pair of pliers, wire cutters
hanging hardware

HP laserjet cartridges: Q6000A (black) –Q6001A (cyan) — Q6002A (yellow) –Q6003A (magenta)

8 1/2 x 11 white multiuse paper (by ream or case)
Avery address labels #5160
inkjet compatible business cards, Avery 8371
box of 500 #10 envelopes

digital projector
a projector screen
USB flash drive, at least 2GB

tape deck for stereo system

redesign our website

sponsor one of our shows for 2009 ($500)

an awning for the front of the building
a spiral staircase
an elevator
handicapped accessible bathroom
demolition services

volunteer your time!

Gifts & Grants News

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 or call 207/287-2724.

Gifts & Grants News

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 or call toll-free 1-877-700-6800.

Exhibitions News

Kennebec Art Association Exhibits in Senate President’s Office


35 works by members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association are currently on display at the Maine State House.Paintings, photographs and scupture are on exhibit in the offices of Maine Senate President Beth Edmonds from May 15 to June 19, 2008.The work by this varied group of artists spans many styles and media. Participating artists include Deborah Arter, Gayle Barigar, Svetlana Beattie, Linda Brouillard, Sandra Dunn, Steven Dunn, Hélène Farrar, Phyllis Hartzler, Lori Kaley, Dorothy Knopf, Judith Krishik, Marcel LaRue, Keith Leavitt, Catherine LeRoy, Juanita Longwell, Jeffrey Mann, Penny Markley, Brendan McInerney, James McKendry, Kay Morris, Anita Morrissey, Linda Murray, Cynthia Norton, Chris Noyes, Petra Noyes, Ian Orman, Kathleen Perelka, Peter Precourt, Caroline Putnam, Jamie Ribisi-Braley, Sheila Richardson, Richard Rose, Jym St.Pierre, Janet Washburn and Elizabeth Webber-Budd.

Senate president Edmonds said:“There are so many talented folks who choose Maine to be their home.”She added: “All this artwork shows us the creative economy is continuing to grow in our area.I’m impressed by the extent of great work we have here today”.The works are also on display in the Senate Majority Office.The public is encouraged to see the display in the President Beth Edmond’s Office, Room 328 or the Senate Majority Office, Room 320.For information about open hours please call 287-1500.



Winners Announced for Art2008

Art2008, our 13th annual juried art show opened on Friday, May 9th at the Harlow Gallery.$1,200 in prize money was awarded to artists for excellence in their work. During the opening the following awards were announced to a packed house:

Complete List of Prize Winners & Sponsors Art2008



Robin Brooks of Topsham won BEST IN SHOW for her collage entitled Kitchen Vase
– Robin Brooks was awarded a$500 cash prize sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank.



Malcolm Brown of Boothbay won SECOND PRIZE for his wood block print entitledDr. Zhang. Brown was awarded a$250 cash prize sponsored by DownEast Energy of Hallowell.(Malcolm Brown is an 18 year old student currently studying art in California and his parents, pictured above, accept his award .)

Corliss Chastain of Hallowell won THIRD PRIZE for her mixed media quartet entitled Megillah. Chastain was awarded$150 cash prize sponsored by Savings Bank of Maine in Hallowell.



Brian Kent of Litchfield was selected by juror Ted Julian Arnold for a JUROR’S CHOICE AWARD for his ceramic sculpture entitled Mother Earth Weeps.Kent was awarded a $150 cash prize sponsored by Digital ImageWorks of Waterville.



Alice Rohman of Farmingdale was selected by juror Andrea Martens for a JUROR’S CHOICE AWARD for her acrylic painting entitled Dog Toys II.Rohman won the Brooks & Miriam Harlow Juror’s Choice Award which comes with a $150 cash prize.

Seven Honorable Mentions where awarded gift certificates donated by the following generous (mostly) local businesses: Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies, Elemental Angle Framers of Gardiner, Fogg Art Custom Framing & Painting Restoration of Wiscasset, Java Joes of Augusta, Longfellow’s Greenhouses of Manchester, Maine Accent of Hallowell and Mattson’s Home Decorating Center (of Augusta):

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1. Frances Hodsdon of Jefferson for her monotype prints entitledMO5 and MO6
2. Kathleen Perelka of Canaan for her pastel entitled Rocky Road Barren
3. LeeAnn LaFleur of Livermore Falls for her B&W photograph entitled Coal Miner Mexico
4.Donald Kerr of Winthrop for his wire sculpture entitled Sheldon
5. Penelope Moodey of Damariscotta for her acrylic painting entitled Annual Explosion
6. Gary Levine of Augusta for his sculpture entitled Silent Cries
7. Petrea Noyes of Brooks for her digital composite K3 print entitled Pony Girl #4

The public is invited to help us award one last prize!The Haircut $100 People’s Choice Award is a $100 cash prize sponsored by Haircut 100 of Hallowell.Visitors Art2008 over the next month can vote on their favorite work of art.At the end of the exhibition on June 1st, the artist with the most votes wins $100 cash prize.

Art2008 Jurors’ statements follow:

Andrea Martens is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Maine at Augusta, where she teaches printmaking, drawing, and design.Before moving to Maine, Andrea received her MFA in Printmaking from Colorado State University.She completed post-baccalaureate and undergraduate study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Virginia Tech.Her work has been exhibited both regionally and nationally.

Of the work submitted to Art2008, Martens said, “The overall quality and quantity of work submitted was astounding.We certainly had a challenge in narrowing the size of the show to suit the space.The work was engaging, complex, and varied.As a whole, we were looking for works that showed not only technical skill and resolution within the pieces, but also artist’s intent.As jurors we had the difficult task of eliminating pieces with many factors in mind — overall success of the work, show space and unity are a few.Thanks to everyone in the community for the time and effort in submitting their art — Opinions are just that, and keep making!”

Ted Julian Arnold (born Princeton, NJ, 1956) received his BA in Visual Studies from Dartmouth College, Hanover NH. His work is available at the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, California and at Aucocisco in Portland, Maine.

Of the experience of judging Art2008, Arnold said, “Unfortunately, this show attracted a large, strong group of works. Great variety in ideas and execution were represented, and competition for space was stiff.

Many paintings that were beautifully executed did not join the show, and we often wished to have a space for well-made work which did not, somehow, capture our enthusiasm. Several other paintings made us feel that we would certainly have chosen a different painting by the same hand if we could have seen a selection. This was frustrating to feel, and must also be frustrating for the artists to hear.

Every juried show is a serving of opinion. We artists, we are often like the religious; we do not simply worship, but we are often sectarians. We have strong feelings that favor one form of worship over another, and often spread those notions around.

Like most people, I like to imagine that I am broadminded, and can see quality in many guises. But I apologize to some individual artists for not choosing their work, as this must occasionally show my prejudices more than my wisdom. I am not unique in this, and I hope the next juror may be more sympathetically prejudiced, or wiser.”

The following sponsors also helped to make Art2008 possible: Wick & Ruth Johnson, Michael Hudak , Judy Herman, DVM, and Circling the Square Fine Art Press of Gardiner.


Progress Report on Brooks & Miriam Harlow Challenge

Donations from the community in response to the Brooks & Miriam Harlow Challenge total $6,226 as of as of December 31, 2007. When combined with proceeds of $1,810 from 8x10x80, and $80 from the Ornament Contest & Sale, we have raised a total of $8,116 towards the Harlow’s $20,000 challenge!

KVAA members, art lovers from the greater Augusta area, and in particular, the citizens of our hometown of Hallowell have been extraordinarily generous. So we are well on our way to matching the full $20,000 and it’s not too late to help us match the remaining $11,884 — if you have not already done so, please send your tax deductible contribution in today! Many thanks to all who contributed for your support. We are proud to be a part of a community that values the arts.

Events News

Ornament Contest Winners Chosen



Judges Dotty Galley and Wendy Larson of Slates Restaurant, are pictured here showing the two winners of the first Harlow Gallery Ornament Contest. First prize of a $50 gift certificate to the soon to be completed Slates (expected to open early in 2008) is Constance Pavliska of Old Town for her decorated baseball. Honorable Mention, a one year membership to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, goes to Jane Davis of Wayne for “Hot Mama” a unique and highly original ornament crafted of garlic and hot peppers. Dotty and Wendy had a difficult time choosing from amongst the many festive and creative submissions. Thank you to all who participated!

Come by Harlow Gallery and see for yourself — these unique artist crafted ornaments are all being offered for sale for $20 apiece. All proceeds go towards helping us secure the Miriam and Brooks Harlow Challenge Grant!


8 x 10 x 80 a Big Success!

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8x10x80 was a huge success!

Many thanks to all who participated, and especially to Michael Hudak, Peter Precourt and Deborah Fahy who hung just over 200 works of art submitted by 86 artists!We sold 42 pieces, and will have made $1,760 after artists proceeds are paid. The money raised will go towards securing the Miriam & Brooks Harlow Matching Challenge Grant!

A very special thanks to Wendy Larson, Dotty Galley of Slates Restaurant (and their staff!) for hosting a wonderful reception on Saturday; nearly 100 people came through the gallery during that event and we made many sales. Thank is also due to local musician Katie Webber (of Sistermoon) who performed during the event.

Selected works from 8x10x80 remain on view and available for sale in the window space at the Harlow Gallery and also at Slates Grill (next to the bakery) through January 6, 2008. So if you missed the show come visit Hallowell to see the mini-versions of 8x10x80

Gifts & Grants News

$20,000 Challenge Received!

The Kennebec Valley Art Association has received a generous challenge grant of $20,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Harlow Jr. of Florida. The Harlows are challenging our community right here in Maine to match this amount. This is an urgent appeal, because if we don’t raise the matching funds, we lose the $20,000!  We are currently working on our annual appeal letters — if you get one, please give as generously as you can to help secure the future of the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell.   But you don’t need to wait for a letter — send a check now, paid to “KVAA” to the following address.  (The KVAA can also now accept gifts of stock, which will count towards the match. If you are interested, please call Deb Fahy or Penny Markley at the Harlow Gallery: 622-3813.)

Harlow Gallery
160 Water Street
Hallowell, ME 04347
Attn: Harlow Challenge

A series of fundraisers are also planned, beginning with 8x10x80 on November 30 – December 2.   Ornaments submitted to the Holiday Ornament Contest will be offered for sale for $20 during the Annual Holiday Art Show & Sale in December.   All proceeds count towards the match, so stop in to the Harlow soon!   Watch for more fun fund-raising events in the late winter and spring.

Mr. & Mrs. Harlow’s $20,000 grant, and matching contributions will be used to increase staffing to meet demands of our growing organization and to make repairs to the building in preparation for improvements to the currently unusable third floor space.  We are hoping to renovate the space for use as affordable live/work space for local visual or performing artists.  Repair work currently planned for this spring includes replacing the roof and windows and re-pointing the brick façade.

A little history…

The purchase of 160 Water Street in 1963 was made possible by donations from the community, especially a substantial contribution from Mrs. Genevieve Harlow Goodwin of Hartford, CT.   The Harlow Gallery is named in memory of Mrs. Goodwin’s father, Dr. George A. Harlow, who was born in Augusta.  The dedication of the newly opened Harlow Gallery in November 1963 was an exciting day for Hallowell, which was then just beginning a process of renewal and restoration after a long period of decline. Hallowell Mayor Raymond M. Rideout Jr. stated that he was “… delighted that one more of our historic buildings has been brought back to life in such a good cause….This event … adds much to Hallowell’s restoration.”

Mrs. Goodwin continued to make annual contributions to the Harlow Gallery for the rest of her life. Her nephew, Mr. Brooks Harlow Jr. and his wife have carried on the philanthropic family connection with the organization. Mr. Harlow became a lifetime member in 1982 and has made generous annual contributions ever since.

Mr. Brooks Harlow Jr. appreciates the new energy and activity at the Harlow Gallery that have resulted from the hiring of an executive director in 2003.  Linda Murray, who the first to hold this position, did much to get the organization on a forward moving track at a time when gallery came close to closing for good.  The current director, Deborah Fahy, started in October of 2004.  At that time, she and the KVAA board of directors completed an organizational assessment followed by strategic planning.  That groundwork has paid off in an increase in membership as the Harlow Gallery continues to develop into a vibrant, welcoming community arts center.  We believe that everyone should experience the arts, and that our mission is to support all artists in our community, from contemporary to traditional; from student to professional.

You can help! Send in your contribution now to the Harlow Challenge!