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KVAA & HHRC Present “America’s 14th Amendment” Exhibit

“Involuntary Incubator” by Rebecca Spilecki (left), “The Usual Suspects” by Barbra Whitten (right).

On view: September 22 – December 16, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, September 22, 4-7pm
This exhibition is on view at Michael Klahr Center on campus at the University of Maine at Augusta.

The Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) in partnership with The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC) present “Equal Protection of the Laws: America’s Fourteenth Amendment”, an art exhibition which contemplates the importance of the 14th Amendment. Maine-based artists responded to a call for art and submissions were juried by a curatorial committee comprised of staff of the KVAA, HHRC, and the Maine Arts Commission. 36 works by 17 artists were selected out of a total of 48 works by 20 artists. The exhibition is on view at the Michael Klahr Center on campus at the University of Maine at Augusta September 22 through December 16, 2016. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, September 22 from 4 to 7pm, with a brief program beginning at 5:30pm. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm daily. Both the exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public.

Themes depicted relate to many areas of American society covered by the amendment: including due process, liberty, gender and sexuality, race, legal protections, equality in the workplace, housing, education, law enforcement, rights of the incarcerated, tolerance, and local, state, and federal representation. Click here to read the full text online at Wikipedia.

This exhibition is made possible in part by support from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council.

The 2016 exhibition season at the Harlow Gallery has been made possible by its season sponsors: Capitol Dental Care, Camden National Bank, the City of Hallowell, Kennebec Savings Bank, Rosemary Presnar, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, Summit Natural Gas, and by grant funding from Quimby Family Foundation.

Participating artists are listed below alphabetically by town:

Augusta: Anthony Austin
Bangor: Jeanne Curran
Biddeford: Roland Salazar
Brunswick: Mary Becker Weiss
Camden: Claudia Noyes Griffiths
Falmouth: Anne Strout
Gardiner: Allison McKeen
Hallowell: Nancy Bixler
Lincolnville: Petrea Noyes
Manchester: Bruce Armstrong
Solon: Ramona du Houx
Tenants Harbor: Otty Merrill
Town Unknown: Julian Johnson
Waterville: Jen Hickey
West Rockport: Barbra Whitten
Wilton: Rebecca Spilecki
Winslow: Mimi McCutcheon

A sample of the works featured in the exhibition are displayed below.

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In support of LINC and WSC artists

Artists in LINC Club Studio © 2012 Mary Becker Weiss

This fall artists and poets from Living in the Community Wellness Center (LINC) here in Augusta and the Waterville Social Club (WSC), are scheduled to exhibit their work at the Harlow Gallery. We are very excited to have them back, having fond memories of a very successful show at the gallery back in 2007 “Outside Looking In, Another Look”.  

LINC and WSC and others throughout the state are member-run clubhouses serving clients with severe and persistent mental illness. They have been supporting vulnerable Mainers for decades in a very cost effective  manner.  DHHS recently announced that it will fund only one of those two centers and will require all of them statewide to change their models to include keeping track of members’ health, and to no longer allow members to run the centers. Click here for March 17th report in the Kennebec Journal.

This is unjust, unfair and just plain bad policy. You can help our fellow artists and poets by writing or calling members of the State Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services (a list of names and contact info follows). — Deborah Fahy, Executive Director

Natasha Mayers, who runs the art program at WSC and will be curating the show at the Harlow Gallery this fall, shared her letter to the committee with us: 

“Maine Department of Health and Human Resources has announced that it will be cutting 4 out of the 12 social clubs, in the state, for adults with mental illness, which means that the Waterville Social Club (or maybe LINC, in Augusta) will be closed down within a few months. (Augusta and Waterville are in the same region, and after the cuts, only one center will remain open).  It is impossible for Waterville members to get to the LINC center in Augusta, nor would they want to make the trip.  Most people don’t have cars or the means to travel to Augusta. Some live at the homeless shelter.

I have been teaching art at both centers for 35+ years and know how essential the centers are to the survival of their members. The Waterville Club is like family to those who go there. It is a place to drop in, eat meals, play games, socialize, check emails, attend art class and workshops, exercise self-governing, celebrate birthdays and holidays, learn new skills, read the newspaper, make a phone call, etc. It is a program that keeps hundreds of people alive, gets them out of bed, nurtures and cares about them, helps to keep them from depression, drugs, alcohol, and overeating, and so much more.  Many could not live without it.  It is also a very inexpensive program to run, so the cost-saving is negligible. It is just wrong and shortsighted, will result in individual suffering, as well as increased costs in other areas as some without these services will end up in emergency rooms, psychiatric hospitals, or jails.

Are you willing to fight to provide funding to maintain these essential services? Please reverse the DHHS changes.I hope there will be an investigation/hearing and action on the rules soon.

Sincerely, Natasha Mayers Whitefield, Maine

Senator Eric L. Brakey (R-Androscoggin), Chair –,
Representative Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook), Chair –,
Senator Anne M. Haskell (D-Cumberland) –,
Senator Earle L. McCormick (R-Kennebec) –,
Representative Peter C. Stuckey (D-Portland) –,
Representative Matthew J. Peterson (D-Rumford) –,
Representative Scott M. Hamann (D-South Portland) –,
Representative Christine S. Burstein (D-Lincolnville) –,
Representative Patricia Hymanson (D-York) –,
Representative Deborah J. Sanderson (R-Chelsea) –,
Representative Richard S. Malaby (R-Hancock) –,
Representative Frances M. Head (R-Bethel) –,
Representative Karen Vachon (R-Scarborough) –

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SECOND SUNDAYS: Recycled Robots 2015

November’s Second Sunday event on Sunday November 8 from 2-4pm is all about ROBOTS! Led by Hall-Dale High School’s REM Delta Prime Robotics Team, we’ll be building robots using recycled materials, and craft supplies.  Supplies will be provided, so just bring your imagination and creativity. #OMGrobots!

Hall-Dale High School’s robotics team participates in FIRST Robotics competitions. FIRST Robotics is a national program based in New Hampshire that inspires young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills. Basically, they build robots!

Visit REM Delta Prime Robotics Team online to learn more:

BONUS! The team’s full-size, frisbee-throwing robot, Zaphod, will be on display at the Harlow!


Mark your calendars and look forward to activities on the second Sunday of every month at the Harlow. These events bring 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. These workshops take place every 2nd Sunday from 2 to 4 pm at the Harlow Gallery, and 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!

The Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee organizes and hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, our monthly series of free community art-making events sponsored by The Bank of Maine.

The Bank of Maine

Donations and sponsors to support gallery programs like Second Sundays are welcome.  The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3 nonprofit so 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


December 13th: Children’s Fleece Sleeping Bags with Kerry Wilkin’s-Deming and Aleana Chaplin

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It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence

“Escape Route” acrylic painting by Jeanne Finley

It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence II will be on view October 2-24, 2015  at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell.  Using the power of art, the exhibition will voice a collective rejection of the use of domestic violence to control and manipulate others, and will challenge our society’s overall acceptance of violence. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, October 2nd from 5-8pm.  

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Ten years ago the Harlow Gallery and the Family Violence Project of Augusta partnered to present “Transforming Violence” a collaborative, multi-voiced, educational art exhibition and workshop series responding to the problem of domestic violence in our communities. That first exhibition took place in October 2005 and was an important, empowering and transformative experience for those who participated. While there has been an increase in community awareness of the issue of violence in the community since then, domestic violence is still still taking a terrible toll on Maine families. Together the Harlow Gallery and the Family Violence Project hope to raise public awareness about the continuing problem of domestic violence in Maine.A series of workshops, performances and other events are being planned during the exhibition; some open to the public and some meant for survivors of domestic violence.

The Harlow Gallery and Family Violence Project released an open call to Maine artists to create art for the exhibition with a submission deadline of August 15th. Full details are available here.

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                 Laflin Wolfington Realty   Pinnacle Tree

Because it takes a community, “Transforming Violence II” has been made possible by our sponsors, Levey, Wagley, Putman, PASummit Natural GasLaflin & Wolfington Realty and Pinnacle Tree.

Transforming Violence is also supported by Harlow Gallery season sponsors: The Bank of MaineCapitol Dental CareCurrent Media,Dead River Company, the City of Hallowell, the Jennings Family of Hallowell, Kennebec Savings BankScrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, the Vallee Brothers, Chris & Ray Vallee and by grant funding from the Quimby Family Foundation.

“It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence II” is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a grant from the Kay E. Dopp Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

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All events take place at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell unless otherwise noted. Dates and times subject to change.  All events are free and open to the public.

Maine Silent Witness Project – Thursday & Friday, September 24 & 25, 4-7pm, and Saturday, September 26, 9am to noon. The public is invited to help craft “silent witnesses”, life-size, red, wooden silhouettes of women who have lost their lives to domestic violence, each with a golden shield upon her chest with her name and story. Wear clothing appropriate for messy work (painting, sanding etc.). You may spend as much or as little time as you wish. Participation is free and everyone is welcome.

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Opening Reception “It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence II”Friday, Oct. 2, 5-8pm

Senator Roger Katz and Representative Gay Grant to speak at 6:15.

Roger Katz   Gay Grant

Jason Giacomazzo of Wayne Maine will perform at the opening. Jason has been playing saxophone since the age of 10.  After studying music performance at University of Southern Maine, he has resided in Skowhegan.  Jason has performed all across the state and beyond, including performances with the Portland Jazz Orchestra, Acadia Wind Ensemble, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Opus One Big Band and the Al Corey Big Band.  He currently plays with several music groups including the Rockit Band, Weathervane House Band, Kennebec Performing Arts Company, Skowhegan Community Band, and also directs his 8-piece jazz combo called the Sunday Project.  When he isn’t involved with music, Jason likes to spend his spare time in the garden, fixing small engines, and spending time with his cats.

Exhibition on view October 2-24, 2015 – Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays 12-6pm

The Power of OneSunday, October 4, 2pm & 3pm – Ideal for families with children ages 5-10+, “The Power of One” will help children deal with bullying. Two sessions offered on Sunday, October 4th at 2pm and 3pm are free to attend, but reservations are requested.

The Power of One

Jake & Caroline, a Skit Friday, October 9, 6:30pm. Family Crisis Services and YAAP “Young Adult Abuse Prevention” presents Jake & Caroline, a skit in which the female and male presenters act out a relationship in which the boyfriend is emotionally, sexually and physically abusive. After the skit, the presenters process the scenes with the audience, covering warning signs, the dynamics of power and control, how to intervene, safely planning and resources. Also the presenters run an activity to uncover sex role stereotypes that help to perpetuate dating violence. All ages welcome, but especially recommended for young people of late middle school, high school or college age.

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You the ManSaturday, October 10, 7pm at Hallowell City Hall Auditorium.

You the Man”, starring Brian Chamberlain,  is an engaging and entertaining 30-minute, one-actor play that addresses unhealthy relationships (bullying, dating violence, sexual assault), and safe bystander intervention. The actor switches quickly and simply from one character to the next, assisted by minimal props, using  live theater to empower people, especially young people, to step out of the bystander role and practice safe peer intervention. It promotes a model of empathetic male voices and demonstrates the incredible power of bystander support and action. A post-show discussion between audience and a panel of local support professionals will follow the performance.  You the Man is free and open to the public and appropriate for ages 14 to adult. Young people are especially encouraged to attend, from high school grades 9-12 to college students to “20 somethings”, so we are offering a free ticket for every attendee under 30 for a drawing for some great door prizes at the end of the night!

For more information visit:

You the Man   Brian Chamberlain Head Shot

Second Sundays: The Clothesline Project Sunday, October 11, 2-4pm. Speak out against domestic violence by creating t-shirts using words and artwork along with staff from The Family Violence Project of Augusta. Various t-shirt sizes will be available at no cost. Participants may take their shirts home or display them on a clothesline installed in the gallery as part of Transforming Violence II through October 24th. The Clothesline Project has been bearing witness nationally to violence against women for over 25 years. 

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Healing through Art: Confronting your Inner Critic – Sunday, October 18, 2-4pm. Led by Robin Miller & Nan Bell of the Family Violence Project. Recommended for adults and teens age 13 and up. Free, with art supplies provided, but seating is limited to 20 so reservations are required. Please call the gallery at 622-3813 or email


Closing Reception Coffeehouse “IMAGINE a Future without Violence” – An evening of music, poetry and hope, free and open to the public. Saturday, October 24, 4-7pm

"Escape Route" by Jeanne Finley

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Maine Silent Witness Project

The Harlow Gallery and the Family Violence Project are hosting the Maine Silent Witness Project for three days at the end of September, Thursday-Saturday, September 24-26, 2015, leading into October’s exhibition, “It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence II“.

The Silent Witness Project is a national initiative that honors those who have been killed in acts of domestic abuse. Community community members are invited to come to the Harlow Gallery on any of the three workshop dates to participate in creating Silent Witness figures to promote awareness about ending domestic abuse.  The Maine Silent Witness Project, led by Susan Fuller and Wayland Linscott, maintains a traveling exhibit of life-size, red, wooden silhouettes of women, each with a golden shield upon her chest with her name and story.  Here in Maine, these silhouettes representing victims of domestic abuse have been a focal point of domestic abuse education since 1994.  Folks work together to create the exhibit that will stay within their community and be used for educating and raising awareness about domestic abuse.  But it’s the conversations over the wood and paint – often with surviving family members – where the healing begins.

Come to the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell on any or all of the following dates. Wear clothing appropriate for messy work (painting, sanding etc.). You may spend as much or as little time as you wish. Participation is free and everyone is welcome.

Thursday & Friday, September 24 & 25, 4-7pm, and Saturday, September 26, 9am to noon.

Silent Witness

Susan Fuller has coordinated the Maine Silent Witness Project since its inception in 1995, helping Maine to be the 24th state to come on board the National Silent Witness Initiative.  She has worked in the field of domestic abuse as a speaker, trainer and domestic abuse advocate since 1994.  She currently coordinates Maine’s Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel.

Wayland Linscott was first drawn into the field of Advocacy for Women and grassroots education around Domestic Violence when he helped to create the original figures of New Hampshire’s Silent Witness Project in 1994 and then Maine’s original exhibit in 1995. Currently Wayland serves as the Assistant Coordinator for the Maine Silent Witness Project. Wayland is a former co-facilitator for Alternatives to Abuse, the Batterer’s Intervention Program affiliated with Safe Voices in Lewiston, Maine, and was a member of the Androscoggin Domestic Violence Task Force. In addition, a particular interest has been organizing men to recognize their role and responsibility in ending Domestic Violence.

Contact Susan or Wayland at the Maine Silent Witness Project with questions: 207-406-4050.

For more information please visit:

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Silent Witness National Initiative:

The Maine Silent Witness Project workshop at the Harlow Gallery in 2005
The Maine Silent Witness Project workshop at the Harlow Gallery in 2005


“It Takes a Community: Transforming Violence II” and related events are funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a grant from the Kay E. Dopp Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

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The Hook Story Hour, Call for Citizen Storytellers

The Hallowell Lyceum Series and Gaslight Theater are calling for storytellers to participate in The Hook Story Hour on May 8, 2015 at Hallowell City Hall Auditorium.

We are offering a second chance to pitch your idea for The Hook Story Hour. You may have heard a Radio program on Maine Public Broadcasting Radio called The Moth Radio Hour? It is an evening of storytelling that involves true stories told live in front of a supportive audience. We’re going to present a similar evening of stories told live on May 8th at Hallowell City Hall!

We are offering a second chance for amateur, citizen, and professional storytellers to participate in this evening of storytelling and discovery. This is a very simple concept and has only 2 basic rules: the stories must be true and they must be told without scripts. We are looking for people who want to come and share a story with a live audience. To start this off, we are looking for people to prepare a 2 minute pitch for us for a story you have- The theme of this story hour has been simplified to be: “ What experiences have you had that has had an impact on your life” It would be best if the experience had a unique connection to the area, but we will consider any pitches that sound like a great story.

We will hear the pitches on April 14th at 6 pm at The Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street in Hallowell. If you can’t make that date, you can email a 6 line written pitch to or leave a 2 minute message on the Gaslight Theater phone line – 207-626-3698

We expect that the stories should be no more than 7 minutes. Because this is a new concept to people, if your pitch is chosen, we can make time to coach you before the evening. As a side note, if you are planning to attend and pitching a story at a Moth Radio Hour Main Stage event at the State Theater in Portland on May 30th, consider using this event as a practice run, we’d love to have you!

Remember: We all have a story, most of us want to share We all want to hear a story, and like it when you share Your story and our story bring us all together

The Hallowell Lyceum Series is a project of the Hallowell Cultural Committee, a consortium of Hallowell citizens and nonprofits including Gaslight Theater, Harlow Gallery, Hubbard Free Library, Ian Parker Foundation, Row House and Vaughan Homestead Foundation.

For more information, contact Richard Bostwick of Gaslight Theater at

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Town Meeting: Facing Highway Reconstruction Hallowell Style

Painting the Street by Chris Cart

Hallowell’s Cultural Committee invites the public to participate in a Town Meeting on Thursday, March 26 at 6pm at Hallowell City Hall Auditorium to brainstorm creative ideas and strategies to mitigate effects of the impending highway reconstruction project on our beloved downtown. Hallowell residents, business owners and fans of the Maine’s smallest city are encouraged to attend, including families with children. There will be an art activity table suitable for all ages and staffed by volunteers. The event is co-hosted by the city Cultural Committee, Hallowell Board of Trade, City Councilman Alan Stearns representing the Highway Project Planning Committee, and the Harlow Gallery.

Guest facilitator Marty Pottenger will share examples from her work where creativity and the arts is used as a catalyst  for community building and problem solving, and then lead participants in a brainstorming session.

Marty Pottenger is an award winning performance artist who also happens to have extensive experience in the construction business. Pottenger’s ART AT WORK project in partnership with the City of Portland has put creativity to work since 2007. In the “Thin Blue Line” project Pottenger convinced Portland’s police force that writing and reading poetry could be an answer to low moral and to improving their relationship with the public. ART AT WORK has been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for it’s national Our Town initiative and nominated for a National League of Cities Best Practices Award. For more information, visit ART AT WORK online at, and also check out her TEDxDirigo talk entitled Art at Work from December 10, 2014 on YouTube.

Contact Deborah Fahy at the Harlow Gallery with questions about the Town Meeting – 622-3813 or

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Arts Educator Initiative Gathering

Tuesday, November 18th – 4pm at the Harlow Gallery

Contact for more information

Topics to be covered:

Harlow Sponsored Student Shows
Higher Forms
Young Adult

Proficiency Standards reporting (K-12)
are you doing dual report cards?
have you made the switch?

Educator Effectiveness
What model are you using?

State of the Arts (in Maine)

Lesson/Unit Plan Sharing (at your level of comfort)

Contact hours and refreshments available.

Please join us to celebrate and plan a year of student exhibitions and educational integrations.

You are invited to share this invitation to interested individuals.

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37 Artists Celebrate 25th Anniversary of KLT

Pictured: “Sunlight in the Woods by Cheryl Cayer (Parker Pond Headlands)

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT), the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell presents an art exhibition from October 11 – November 1, 2014, featuring artwork by 37 artists depicting or inspired by the many properties owned by the KLT that are open to the public.

A public reception at the Harlow Gallery on Sunday, October 12 from 5-8pm will coincide with the opening of a related benefit exhibition supporting the KLT’s pending acquisition of Howard Hill across the street at Slates Restaurant. The receptions are both free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.  Welcome comments from Deb Fahy, Executive Director of the Harlow Gallery and Brian Kent, KLT President are scheduled for 6:30pm at the Harlow Gallery.  

The work to be included in exhibition was submitted in response to an open call for artists. Out of 92 submissions, 53 works of art were selected to be included in the exhibition. The selection committee included Jym St Pierre and Brenda Lake from the Kennebec Land Trust, and Deb Fahy, Allison McKeen and Elena Kirillova from the Harlow Gallery.  Artists whose work will be on view at the Harlow Gallery (by town) include:

Augusta: Robin Miller
Belfast: Julie Cyr
Biddeford: Roland Salazar Rose
Brunswick: Monika Kirtland
Farmingdale: Johanna Moore
Gardiner: Aleana Chaplin, James Magure, Tanya Russell, Kay Morris (West Gardiner) and from SpinOff Studios: Kimberly Christensen, Sheri Davis, Lauren St. Pierre and Micah Webbert
Hallowell: Nancy Bixler and Nancy McGinnis
Kents Hill: Babs Wheelden
Litchfield: William Ash
Livermore Falls: Cindy Langewisch
New Sharon: Angie Blevins
Oakland: Glenn LeBlanc
Pittston: Judith Schuppien
Portland: Sarah Cecil
Readfield: Marc Loiselle and Jean Scudder
Rome: Pierre Lavalle
Sidney: Phil Downes
Solon: Ramona du Houx
Tenants Harbor: Hannah Nelsbach
Waterville: Cheryl Cayer
Wayne: Jane Davis
Winslow: Kenneth Piccini
Winthrop: Richard William Blanchard, Mark W. Christopher, Penny Markley and Kerry Wilkins-Deming (East Winthrop)
and Suzanne Kelly from Santa Fe, New Mexico

Proceeds from art sales during the exhibition will benefit the Kennebec Land Trust and community arts programming at the Harlow Gallery. This project in partnership with the KLT has been made possible by a generous grant from the Maine Community Foundation, by support from Dirigo Capital Advisors LLC,  Augusta Fuel Company and Lake and Denison, LLP Attorneys and by our Season Sponsors:  The Bank of MaineCapitol Dental CareDead River Co., Great Gatherings, the City of Hallowell,  Mr. Brooks Harlow, Jr., the Jennings FamilyKennebec Savings Bank and the Vallee Brothers.  

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 About the Kennebec Land Trust

Established in 1988, KLT works cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, shorelands, fields, and wildlife that define central Maine. The Trust protects land permanently, offers opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy the natural world, and works with partners to support sustainable forestry and farming.

KLT has partnered with landowners in 21 communities to protect more than 4,800 acres on 60 properties through land donations, fee purchases, and conservation easements. Volunteers have constructed 37 miles of trails on KLT land and developed informative brochures and maps of KLT properties that encourage visitors to learn about and enjoy Kennebec County’s natural landscape.  Most properties are open to the public for walking, hiking, hunting, fishing, enjoying nature, and creating art!


The Harlow Gallery is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in downtown historic Hallowell in 1963. Our mission is to connect and celebrate art, artists and community. 

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The Kindling Fund – a grant opportunity for artists

Please join us on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 for an information session about The Kindling Fund conducted by SPACE Gallery Executive Director Nat May.

Hosted by the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell, the info session will run for about an hour. Nat will present a brief overview of the program and will leave time for questions about the guidelines and application process.

SPACE Gallery created The Kindling Fund to support the energy of Maine’s visual arts community by funding innovative, artist-organized projects that engage the public in ways that are both inventive and meaningful. The Kindling Fund values risk and experimentation, unconventional engagement, and critical dialogue, and encourages collaborative efforts to reach new audiences, increase public interaction, and create new models for presenting artists’ work.

The Fund seeks to support a variety of publicly accessible projects, with a strong interest in alternative space/practices and site-specific presentations that don’t fit in established institutions or venues. Projects supported by The Kindling Fund may include (but are not limited to): public art projects, intervention or site specific installations, one time events or performances, the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts including printed matter and online publications, online projects, artist residencies, series of screenings, curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice, lecture or workshop series, multimedia, video and photo projects, or unconventional exhibitions.

For further information about The Kindling Fund, visit

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Maine Craft Weekend – Oct. 11&12

The Harlow is participating in Maine Craft Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12. Stop in on Saturday from 12-6pm for a preview of our art exhibition celebrating 25 years of the Kennebec Land Trust – then return Sunday evening for the opening reception from 5-8pm.  Also on Sunday from 5-8pm: the Howard Hill Benefit Art Exhibition opens at Slates Restaurant. 

Maine Craft Weekend 2014

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Art Educators’ Initiative 9/24

Welcome back to School Art Educators!

Please take a moment to check out two upcoming incredible opportunities to gather with regional educators in dynamic community galleries/studio. Please join us to celebrate and plan a year of student exhibitions and educational integrations.

Common Street Arts (Common Street in Waterville), Wednesday, September 17th – 4pm

   Contact Lisa Wheeler for more information –

Harlow Gallery (Hallowell),  Wednesday, September 24th – 4pm

     Contact Deb Fahy for more information

Refreshments available.  You are invited to share this invitation to interested individuals.


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ArtTalk by Ceramic Artist Ayumi Horie

The Harlow Gallery and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts are collaborating to host a potluck dinner followed by an ArtTalk by Portland, Maine ceramic artist Ayumi Horie on August 19 beginning at 5:30pm.  The event will take place at the Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell; it is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share at the potluck, though it is not required.

Ayumie Horie will be an artist-in-residence at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle from August 10-25. She is a full-time studio potter working in Portland, Maine who creates functional pieces adorned with images of animals and patterns that serve as a means to address ideas about comfort, both physical and psychological. She explains, “I see pots as having the incredible privilege of being part of people’s private, everyday lives. Because of this intimacy, we let our guard down around pots, allowing them to convey ideas about aesthetics, function, and social issues. They are objects of service and conduits between people.”

In 2011, the day after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Ayumi co-founded Handmade For Japan, which has raised over $100,000 to support relief and rebuilding efforts through arts-related events. Ayumi gives lectures and workshops nationally and internationally and serves on the board of directors of the American Craft Council. For more information about the artist, visit her website at

The Harlow Gallery is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1963 dedicated to showcasing and promoting Maine artists. In serving their mission to connect and celebrate art, artists and community, they serve as a hub for community events and workshops. Visit them online at for more information. ArtTalks at the Harlow Gallery are sponsored by The Bank of Maine.

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Watershed Center, located in Newcastle, provides clay artists with summer and fall residencies, workshops, and community education. For more information visit or call Watershed at (207) 882-6075.

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Howard Hill outings series

Great moss covered boulders on the Howard Hill cliff — photograph by Brian Kent

The Harlow Gallery in partnership with the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) presents a series of guided hikes and other events designed to provide artists with access to Howard Hill in support of the ongoing call for art in celebration of the KLT’s pending acquisition of the property.  Howard Hill consists of 164 wooded acres that serve as the scenic forested backdrop for Maine’s State Capitol in Augusta, and conservation of the property is part of KLT’s 25th Anniversary “Conservation Across Generations” campaign.  Artists are invited to create art depicting or inspired by the Howard Hill property environs, history and views from or including the hill, for an art exhibition to take place at Slates Restaurant in Hallowell this October. 

For more information about the Call for Artists, please visit:

Registration in advance is required for all hikes on the Howard Hill property.  Until KLT’s acquisition of Howard Hill is completed in the fall of 2015, the property remains in private hands and is not open for public use.  The current landowner has granted KLT permission to host a limited number of guided visits to help build the support necessary to successfully complete this important conservation initiative. 

To register call the Harlow Gallery at 207-622-3813, or email The modest fee benefits the Howard Hill Project.

 Maine State House with Howard Hill as backdrop

The Howard Hill Artist Outings Series:

Birds Eye of Howard Hill Photography Session led by Matt Silverman CANCELLED
Saturday, August 2nd, 10:00 AM at the Old MaineGeneral Hospital
Fee: $10 (supports the Howard Hill Purchase) – pre-registration recommended.

The former MaineGeneral hospital building is at 6 East Chestnut Street in Augusta. Park in the courtyard lot beyond the main entrance to the old hospital  We will meet you in the parking lot and bring you to the 5th floor, where large windows provide a beautiful view of the Maine State Capitol building with Howard Hill as backdrop. Hint – you might want your telephoto lenses. Many thanks to Dirigo Capital Advisors LLC and Augusta East for allowing us to use the building!

Additional publicly accessible viewpoints for painting or photographing Howard Hill:

Hallowell Cemetery, on State Street
End of Kennedy Road on the east side of  the river near the Augusta/Chelsea town line
Hospital Street in Augusta on state land across from Rite Aid.
In front of the old AMHI building on the river side, near the gazebo.

The Howard Hill benefit art exhibition will be on view  October 12 – November 1, 2014 at Slates Restaurant at 167 Water Street in Hallowell, Maine. Deadline to submit work for the show via email is September 1, 2014 at 11pm. For complete details on submitting art for the exhibition, visit  


Mini-hike led by Augusta artist Robin Miller and Kennebec Land Trust staff – two sessions!
Hike 1 – Saturday, May 24, 2-5pm,23 Blaisdell Street. — rain date May 25 at 2-5pm
Hike 2 – Saturday, May 31, 2-5pm,23 Blaisdell Street. — rain date June 1 at 2-5pm
Fee: $10 (supports the Howard Hill Purchase) – maximum 12, pre-registration required!

Birds Eye of Howard Hill – Sketching Session led by Deb Fahy
Saturday, June 7, 1-4pm at the Old MaineGeneral Hospital
Fee: $10 (supports the Howard Hill Purchase) – maximum 12, pre-registration is recommended.
Many thanks to Dirigo Capital Advisors LLC and Augusta East for allowing us to use the building!

Kennedy Brook hike led by Brian Kent
Saturday, June 14 – at 2pm — rain date June 21 at 2pm
Fee: $10 (supports the Howard Hill Purchase) – pre-registration required!

 Jimmy Pond Island  by Judith Schuppien

Plein Air Painting at Kennedy Brook led by Judith Schuppien and Brian Kent
Saturday , July 12 – 9am, rain date July 13
Fee: $20 (supports the Howard Hill Purchase) – maximum 16, pre-registration required!

UPDATED DIRECTIONS: Park in the south end, on the Sewall Street side, of the large parking lot behind the Capitol and the Library / Museum.  Meet the group, and walk together to the trail head of the carriage road, which looks like a driveway beside a house on Sewall Street and is easy to miss.  We’ll go together, so you won’t get lost.  Our route will take us west on the carriage road to the power lines, and then turn sharply back into the woods above Kennedy Brook.  Brian will lead the way, so you can’t get lost.  Then descend steeply to the brook.  The walk takes about 12 minutes from your parked car.  Bring what you want for the morning with you – art supplies, camera, water, lunch or snack, insect repellant, hat, sunblock, maybe something to sit on.  If you have a backpack, that would be helpful, otherwise a cloth bag or two would work.  The trail is too rough for a wheeled cart, so plan to carry everything.  There are some nice views about 3 minutes into the hike, if you’d prefer not to carry your things so far.

Pictured above is “Jimmy Pond Island” by Judith Schuppien. Visit Judith’s webpage to view more of her work:

 Rocks on Howard Hill by Brian Kent

Howard Hill Overlook Hike led by Brian Kent
Saturday July 26 at 10amrain date August 2 at 10am
Fee: $10 (supports the Howard Hill Purchase) – pre-registration required!

Easy hike, estimated time 90 minutes total.  We will meet at 10am at the end of Ganneston Drive off Capital Street, across from the Shell Station (please park on the west side of Ganneston Drive and don’t block a driveway!), and take an easy 10 minute hike to the site of Gannett’s two-story treehouse. It is long gone, but the site provides glimpses of the State House, and distant views. A feature is the huge moss-covered boulders, and tall pines, hemlocks and oaks. The trail to the cliff is through a young beech forest.  The group will make some strategic stops to sketch and take photographs. Questions? Call Brian Kent cell no. 242-6278.

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Maine Arts Commission Cultural & Strategic Planning Kickoff

The Maine Arts Commission Wants to Hear From You! 

Join us for a free meeting on Wednesday, April 23, 10-11:30 a.m.  at the Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell.  Reservations requested: click here to register online

The Maine Arts Commission is looking for artists, arts organizations, economic development professionals, educators, government & elected officials, tourism officials and anyone who is passionate about the arts, to attend a feedback meeting at one of the locations and times shown below.

The purpose of these meetings is to:

Inform us of your perceptions of the cultural industry in Maine-both positive and negative

Learn about current relationships that exist across sectors and the results they are yielding to enable continued support of what’s working.

Explore potential benefits and outcomes of smarter partnerships between the arts and culture sector and other sectors.

Lay the groundwork for surveying or obtaining other types of input from these various sectors as appropriate.

Register today for the free meeting at the Harlow Gallery, or  any of the other four meetings: Click here to reserve your spot.

APRIL 22, 10 – 11:30 a.m. – One Longfellow Square, 181 State Street, Portland, ME 04101

APRIL 22, 2-3:30 p.m. – River Tree Arts, Lower Village, 35 Western Avenue, Kennebunk, ME 04043

APRIL 23,6:00-7:30 p.m. – University of Maine Museum of Art, 40 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401-5102

APRIL 24, 10-11:30 a.m. – Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street, Belfast, ME 04915

 Contact: Marc Spruiell, Communications Director, Maine Arts Commission at 207-287-2726 or

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Central Maine Clay Artists: Mug Season!

Central Maine Clay Artists and the Harlow Gallery invite the public to participating in MUG SEASON – a Mug Making Workshop on Saturday, April 12 10am -2pm  at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell.  Participants will learn techniques to make a simple hand built mug; all ages are welcome. The potters of CMCA will provide all the materials  and instructions needed to make and decorate your own mug.   There will also be a couple potter’s wheels and demonstrations of “throwing” on the wheel.  Cost is $15 per participant.  Finished and fired mugs made will be ready for pick up within a couple weeks.  Proceeds from this workshop help fund area art programs.

 Slide show from last year’s Mug Season event at the Harlow Gallery


2014 marks the 7th year of Mug Season, when Central Maine Clay Artists use the power of art to raise money for area schools.  Each year local potters and clay artists donate their work, time and energy to create handcrafted ceramic mugs to be offered for sale at area coffee shops.  A portion of the proceeds is donated to area schools including Whitefield, Maranacook, Gardiner, Cony, Hall-Dale, and Erskine Academy.

 ‘We make the donations to the art departments to help them pay for supplies.  We know how expensive it is to fund the arts, but we also know how important it is.  We wouldn’t be working as artists if it weren’t for our exposure to classes and materials.  We just want to make sure that continues.’ says Malley Weber, president of the Central Maine Clay Artists and owner of Hallowell Clay Works.

Central Maine Clay Artist members are Whitefield Pottery, Loken Pottery, The Potter’s House, Maple Lane Pottery, Fine Mess Pottery, Ditch Lily, Bentley, Mud Girl, Elizabeth Thorp, Hallowell Clay Works and Raw Earth Designs.
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Viles Arboretum: “Winds of Change – Seeds of Possibility”

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Gaslight Theater Open Rehearsal

The Gaslight Theater is having an open rehearsal For David Mamet’s one act play Sexual Perversity in Chicago at the Harlow Gallery on April 7th 2014. This play is the Gaslight Theater’s entry into the Maine Association of Community Theater’s One Act Festival on April 12 at Johnson Hall in Gardiner.

Warning! The play contains strong adult language and adult themes, and acknowledges the discussion of sex. Adults only please.

 Sexual Perversity in Chicago is a piercingly dissecting view of the dating scene as portrayed by a young couple and their influential friends. It was the basis for the 1986 movie “About last Night” with Jim Belushi and Rob Lowe.

 The show begins at 6 pm. There is no admission fee but reservations are required and seating is limited. To reserve your seat, please email Gaslight Theater at 

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Maine Community Foundation: scholarships

We are pleased to announce the availability of   two Kennebec Valley Art Association scholarship funds at the Maine Community Foundation.

The Tardiff/Fine scholarship benefits a graduating senior at Cony High School in Augusta, and the KVAA Memorial Scholarship benefits a graduating senior from Hall-Dale High School.

The board of directors of the Harlow Gallery / Kennebec Valley Art Association entrusted our scholarship funds to the Maine Community Foundation as of 2010, to meet our goals of improved oversight and ongoing professional financial management. 

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Tardiff/Fine Scholarship

This scholarship in memory of two long-time members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association in Hallowell supports a graduating senior at Cony High School pursuing post-secondary education in the visual arts or art education. Visit the Maine Community Foundation’s Scholarship page for Kennebec County for details.

Antoinette Tardiff

Antoinette Tardiff an Augusta native, was a charter member of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, founded in 1958. Antoinette started painting in 1951 and found it to be a rewarding expression of her feelings and ideas which she enjoyed sharing with others. She painted in different media, but preferred watercolor. She studied art with James Elliot, John Muench, Marion Chapman, Leo Meissner and Frederic Hynd. Antoinette herself taught art as a volunteer at the Augusta Mental Health Institute, and also in Augusta schools and surrounding communities. Works by AntoinetteTardiff can be found in collections throughout the United States, as well as in several foreign countries, especially Canada. During her lifetime, Mrs. Tardiff’s work was exhibited widely in Maine, most notably the Maine State Art Festival at the Statehouse in Augusta, the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Cumston Hall in Monmouth and at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. In 1978 one of her seascapes was selected for display in the office of the late Senator Edmund Muskie in Washington, D.C.
Blanche T. Fine was a member of the KVAA from 1967 until her death in 1977. While she resided in Maine she was an active and loyal member of the art association, where she volunteered as a gallery “hostess” through the 60’s. She continued to support the KVAA after she and her husband retired to Flourtown, Pennsylvania. Blanche’s husband, Dr. Salem Fine, established the scholarship in her memory in 1978.

For more information visit the Maine Community Foundation’s Kennebec County scholarship page.

To donate to this fund, contact Cherie GalyeanScholarship Manager at the Maine Community Foundation
(207) 667-9735, ext. 1106 • toll-free 877-700-6800 • e-mail


Meet the artists 1958 TIGHT CROP

Kennebec Valley Art Association Memorial Scholarship Fund

Started in the 1960s by the board of directors of the Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA)  in Hallowell, the fund was created as a way of honoring deceased members of the art association and their loved ones. The fund was moved to the Maine Community Foundation in 2010 and now provides assistance to a graduating senior from Hall-Dale High School who is pursuing post-secondary studies in the visual arts or in art education.
 Guidance Office at Hall-Dale High School

For more information visit the Maine Community Foundation’s Kennebec County scholarship page.

To donate to this fund, contact Cherie GalyeanScholarship Manager at the Maine Community Foundation
(207) 667-9735, ext. 1106 • toll-free 877-700-6800 • e-mail.  Note: contact Deb Fahy at the Harlow if you wish to add a name to the memorial list below after making your gift.

The KVAA Memorial Fund was originally set up in the 1960’s by the board of the Kennebec Valley Art Association in Hallowell in honor of deceased members of the art association and their loved ones. 


Alice Ashley

Alta Ashley

Anne Bernstein

Michael Bosko

Lynn Fairbrother (age 15 at her death, she was the grand-daughter of  founding member Linwood Partridge)

Esther Laughlin

Sandra Lipman

Leo Meissner

Linwood Partridge

Marian Partridge

Lura S. Titcomb

Louise D. Webber

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UMA: Collaborative Portrait Project

Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 5-7pm
Charles Danforth Gallery at the University of Maine at Augusta 

Farmers from 10 Maine organic farms, 10 area art teacher and over 200 of their students will gather to assemble 10  large scale collaborative portraits. There is magic in collaboration which this project makes palpable: a collaborative community project led by Susan Bickford with support from the Harlow Gallery. Photographs by Allison McKeen. This project was inspired by the Harlow Gallery’s 2012 project CSA: Community Supporting Agriculture. Generously supported by the UMA Art Area, The Harlow Gallery, The Oak Grove Foundation, UMA Presidential Mini Grant, Artist + Craftsman Supply, A. C. Moore with special thanks to Tanys Rothrock.

Susan Bickford with portraits

The Collaborative Portrait Project: Farmers’ Edition opens January 16 at the Danforth Gallery in Jewett Hall on Campus at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), with a reception and farmers market from 5 – 7 pm.  The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

On display will be ten large-scale portraits of local organic farmers produced collaboratively by students from nine area high schools and one elementary school, the result of a community arts project led by UMA adjunct Art Professor Susan Bickford.  Those in attendance will have the opportunity to witness the magic of community-based art in practice as each portrait is assembled on site. The Collaborative Portrait Project: Farmers’ Edition will be on view from January 16 to February 21, 2014.

photo by Allison McKeen
Photo of Taryn Hammer and Ben Marcus of Sheepscot General Store in Whitefield with grid markings. Photo by Allison McKeen.

 Participating Teachers, Schools:

 Mary K. Dyer: Winthrop High School
Meghann Gipson, Gardiner Area High School 
Melissa Hunnibell, Whitefield area home schooler and residents
Katrina Billings, Winslow HIgh School
Linda Phillips, Maranacook Community HIgh School 
Jason Morgan, Cony High School
Kyna Pitula, Lewiston High School 
Shalimar Poulin, Wiscsset High School
Carolyn Brown, Camden Hills Regional HIgh School
Kathy Sparrow, Palermo Consolidated School 
Participating Farms:
Wholesome Holmstead, Winthrop
Dig Deep Farm, Woolwich
Sheepscot General at Uncas Farm, Whitefield 
Winterberry Farm, Belgrade
Treble Ridge Farm, Whitefield
Goranson Farm, Dresden
Fresh Start Farms, Lewiston 
Morning Dew Farm, Newcastle 
Crescent Run Farm, Bremen
Pagett Farm Palermo
The Collaborative Portrait Project was directly inspired by Harlow Gallery’s CSA: Community Supporting Arts project from 2012, which matched 14 Maine artists with 13 area farms (Susan Bickford was one of those artists). The artists visited ‘their’ farms regularly and created art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, landscapes, challenges and ideals throughout the growing season. The project culminated in a series of eight art exhibits that took place in central and coastal Maine between October 2012 and February 2013.  The purpose of the project was to promote local art and local food, and to educate the community about the value of the local farming economy.  The Collaborative Portrait Project builds on and extends the connections, excitement and goodwill generated by CSA: Community Supporting Arts.

This past fall, students in ten art classes throughout central Maine worked on group-created collaborative art portraits depicting some local heroes: local farmers growing healthy organic food for their communities. Each portrait started with a photograph of the subject by Gardiner photographer Allison McKeen, which was enlarged to 4 foot x 4 foot square and then divided into a grid of thirty-six eight inch squares. Each square is given to an individual student to create their own artistic interpretation using various multimedia techniques. “When [the portrait] gets assembled up on the board, a magic happens.  The individual pieces come together to form more than the sum of their parts,” said project leader Susan Bickford, “The project allows students to experience the transformative power of assembly and offers an opportunity to incorporate civic lessons into art techniques and vice versa.

This is only one example of the ways in which UMA art faculty are reaching out to public schools. Our professors have also supported high school art exhibitions at UMA, developed an after school program in Gardiner, and have worked with Winthrop schools to bring students into a working art studio space,” said Gregory Fahy, Dean of UMA’s College of Arts and Sciences. “In an era where public school art budgets are declining, it is critically important for university faculty to help public schools provide valuable arts education for all Maine students. UMA is committed to doing this,” he added.