Events Ongoing

Second Sundays

Second Sunday of every month, 2-4pm | Free | All ages

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. 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.

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

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.


Wake n Make

Emerging artists and makers are invited to Wake n Make, an open studio session on the second Saturday of every month at the Harlow Gallery from 10am-12pm. These gatherings offer young artists the opportunity to be part of a creative community; a place to share ideas, give and get feedback, collaborate on a project, network, and last but not least: make art. Wake n’ Make is a time for artists to work alongside each other and grow as young creative professionals.

Artists are encouraged to bring in and carry out their own materials. The gallery will be staffed but not open to the public during these sessions.


The Bookey Readings

The Bookey Readings at the Harlow 2020

Due to COVID-19, the schedule below is on hold. New dates TBD. Check this page for updates.

NEW: Please note, readings are now held Sundays at 2pm.


April 19: Jason Grundstrum-Whitney with Bob Colwell

May 17: Joao Victor, area HS students and Claire Hersom

June 14: Megan Grumbling and Michelle Menting

July 12: Michelle Lewis and Dennis Camire

August 16: Lisa Panipinto and Jefferson Navicky

September 13: Terry Grasse and Doug Rawlins

October 4: Maine Voices on the Climate Crisis Anthology poets and
remembering poet Russ Libby

November 15: Open Mic

In 2015, after 20 dedicated years of leading great poetry readings at The Harlow, Ted Bookey, with his wife Ruth at his side, stepped down from organizing what is now called The Bookey Readings at the Harlow.  They passed the ‘baton’ on to fellow poets and friends Bob MacLaughlin, Claire Hersom, and Jay Franzel.  These three now work together to bring the best of Maine and beyond to read at the Harlow.

The diversity of spoken word and the commitment to blend new and emerging voices with established poets is still the core mission of the series. What the present organizers bring new to the table are theme based events, open mic opportunities, performance based poets, and musicians to occasionally perform with readers. The poetry series runs eight consecutive months beginning in April with the season’s last reading in November. These events are typically held on the 3rd or 4th Sunday of the month at 2pm. The Bookey Readings at the Harlow routinely draw 30 to as many as 50 poetry fans per performance, both poet and guest surrounded by the Harlow’s beautiful exhibits, enhancing the experience for all. 

As successors and custodians of this on-going venue of spoken word, we hope to continue producing a well-rounded, dynamic poetry series for many years to come.

With gratitude – Bob, Claire and Jay

 Click here to learn more about the the Bookeys and their dedication to Maine poetry.

A $3 donation at the door is requested in support all exhibitions and events at The Harlow which has been owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a 501(c)3 membership-based nonprofit, since 1963. Poetry readings are just one of the many ways we connect and celebrate art, artists and community and The Harlow is the perfect setting to experience the spoken word at its very best!

For more information about The Bookey Readings at the Harlow Gallery, contact Jay Franzel at

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Figure Drawing

Figure Drawing Group | most Sundays 7-9 pm

Serious artists welcome to draw from the human figure. Beginners welcome. There is no instruction, just the opportunity to draw with fellow artists.

Artists’ fee of $8 goes towards model fees and gallery upkeep.

Arrive before 7 pm, allowing yourself time to set up; the doors are locked at 7 pm sharp. Chairs available, but no easels. Session may not run on a holiday weekend – CALL AHEAD if you are unsure!

Artists – and models – may contact Penny at

We have had a life drawing group at the Harlow for more than 20 years. For a good part of that time it has been organized by Joe Klofas. Joe has retired from teaching at Gardiner High School and now lives full time in Bridgton, so we have lost one very constant participant. Sandra Stanton and Penny Markley are currently managing the group. We have some wonderful models, but not enough participants to pay our way.
Sometimes we have had only two people participating. If several people could make a commitment to come to life drawing at least twice a month then we would have enough to keep going.
If you’d like to advocate for continuing life drawing please contact Penny at
If there is an evening that would work better, please let us know.

Maine Traditional Film Photographers

“Sea” by Joe Souther (detail)

Maine Traditional Film Photographers (METFP) meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Harlow Gallery.

Established in March 2009, participants are dedicated to analogue and alternative photographic processes (not including digital work except for submitting purposes only). The group shares technical and artistic skills; literature; events of interest; field trips; organize exhibits; secure presenters periodically and, most importantly we share, critique and support each other in our current image works . We DO NOT offer contests/jurying. We are not a club.  We ask for a small donation ( pass the hat) for the gallery each month as the Harlow is generous to provide our meeting space.  We also have a voluntary annual fee of $35.00 to help cover costs of exhibiting and to offer small honorarium when we do have a presenter.  In lieu of paying the voluntary annual fee, participants wanting to join in a group exhibit would need to contribute a $10.00 fee.  

For more information you can contact Cindy Rehagen Langewisch (founding member and current coordinator) at 207-897-5818 or

Hinged Door on Canal St by Cindy Rehagen Langewsich

“Rectangles” by Cindy Rehagen Langewisch


Tuesday Morning Artists’ Group

Meets every Tuesday from 9 am-noon

All artists are welcome to come work in fellowship with this supportive group, which has been meeting regularly for over a decade. The artists bring painting, drawing or other art projects to work on, and then spend the last hour critiquing each other’s work. Donations to the Harlow for upkeep are welcome.