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Dan Kany: Three Artists Make Case for Here and Now

August 24, 2014, Sunday Portland Press Herald

Art Review: Three artists at Harlow make strong case for the here and now
‘Choosings’ features painters David Estey, Kathleen Florance and Harold Garde.

By Daniel Kany

“Before photography, painting was transportive. The aim – as with language – was to represent things that are not present. Painting was not only mnemonic. It was also transcendent – it was religious.

“We now can look at a still life as a set piece of painting and revel in the composition, the color, the drawing and its artistic qualities. Yet the still life (or “nature morte” – dead nature; let’s keep in mind we’re talking about Western painting and Christian culture) was, for centuries, a metaphor for an abundance for which we were to be divinely thankful.”  Click here to read more.

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Down East Magazine: Fertile Ground

Fertile Ground

“Robust at 51, the Harlow Gallery expands its reach with an exhibit focusing on the human body.”

by Edgar Allen Beem

Read it in the April 2014 issue of Down East Magazine.


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Bob Keyes on jurying Art2013

Bob Keyes: Job well done? Jury still out

 Sunday, May 19, 2013 in the Maine Sunday Telegram

” My position requires that I see a lot of art exhibitions. It’s the part of the job that I enjoy more than any other.

I love meeting artists in their studios and seeing where and how they work. But the point of their existence is to produce work, so viewing finished work in a gallery setting is the object of most of my writing.

Until a few weeks ago, I’d never had the chance to be involved in the process of selecting work for a show. I’ve always just looked.”  Click to read more…

Judith Schuppien Beset in Show 2013

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Bob Keyes: Community Rallies for Art

October 21, 2012 in the Maine Sunday Telegram

Community rallies for art

“When a Hallowell gallery sounded the call for artists for its Community Supporting Arts (and agriculture) show, it turned into a veritable bucket brigade.”


“HALLOWELL – The folks who run the Harlow Gallery like to think big. They do their share of small exhibitions that go up and come down, with little fanfare. But now and again, they do something way beyond expectation.

That’s the case with the gallery’s latest project, “CSA: Community Supporting Arts.”

During this year’s growing season, the gallery paired 14 artists with 13 Maine farms that practice Community Supported Agriculture. The artists visited the farms regularly, often getting elbow-deep dirty and helping with chores.

Based on those experiences, the artists produced a huge body of work, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and videos. Some of that work is on view this month at the downtown Hallowell gallery.” …

Click here to read the full article online at the Portland Press Herald


Photos by Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

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Dan Kany: Landscapes, drawn or fired, a great show

June 24, 2012 in the Maine Sunday Telegram

Art Review: Landscapes, drawn or fired, a great show


Nancy Meader’s pots have an organic feel that revels in their maker’s hands. On her tall vases, her thumbprints run up and down the outer seam. Her “People Pots” are loose and varied. With a head, neck and body, they have that recognizable regularity that makes them human but enough individuality to make them people. A group of them in the corner of the Harlow Gallery, for example, looks like family. …

Click here to read the complete review at the Maine Sunday Telegram.


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Dan Kany: Feminism goes pop in entertaining Hallowell show

November 13, 2011 in the Maine Sunday Telegram

Feminism goes pop in entertaining Hallowell show


Contemporary art is usually understood as Western art since World War II. It might seem an arbitrary line in the sand, but Western culture was shaken to the core by the war. New York became the new Paris. Abstract Expressionism roared to life. And the faith in Eurocentric cultural historicism was shattered and replaced by myths of self-expression and individual achievement. … 

Click here to read full article at the Maine Sunday Telegram online.

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Aislinn Sarnacki: Augusta art professors fortify their friendship in chalk

An article in the Bangor Daily News by Aislinn Sarnacki, BDN Staff

Posted at BDN on Oct. 23, 2011, at 11:04 a.m.
“The click-clack of chalk summons memories of mixed emotions. The nostalgia for childhood is joined by the anxiety of writing on the board in front of a classroom of peers. These powerful memories first enticed two accomplished Maine artists to experiment with the dusty medium in their studios. Years later, their blackboard artwork has culminated in “Chalk,” a collaborative exhibit by Luc Demers and Peter Precourt open through Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St. in Hallowell.”  click here to read more…
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Bob Keyes: Harlow exhibit explores: What is a drawing?

Harlow exhibit explores: What is a drawing?

In the Maine Sunday Telegram, By Bob Keyes Staff Writer — June 5, 2011

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Bob Keyes: It’s not easy being seen

Wonderful write up in the Maine Sunday Telegram Audience section, complete with photographs, including one of Deb Fahy and Nancy Barron – Sunday,  February 27, 2011
It’s not easy being seenIn this economy, how can a place like Hallowell’s Harlow Gallery not just survive but thrive? Planning, programming — and people to make it happen.
By Bob Keyes — Staff Writer

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Aislinn Sarnacki: Art exhibit highlights hunger problem in Kennebec Valley

Bangor Daily News, 11/10/10 By Aislinn Sarnacki

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Artists fight hunger; Proceeds will help feed the needy

The Kennebec Journal, November 6, 2010 by Mechele Cooper

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Nancy McGinnis on Raising Two White Boys in the South

“The Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell is well worth a visit anytime, but I’ve discovered that the… current exhibit, “Raising White Boys in the South”, is striking even after hours. Though I had already been impressed by the multimedia show, the impact was mind boggling when it was just me, drawn to the stark interior through the window as I was walking by last evening. My collar was turned up against the autumn chill, but I still shivered at some of the images and the inner conversation they stirred up, thinking about prejudice and bigotry… and what I can do in my own way to change the karma of the universe. Powerful, and (literally) close to home!”

mini-review as posted on Facebook October 11, 2010

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Dan Kany – Educational, Excellent: monotypes at the Harlow Gallery

Maine Sunday Telegram, Sunday, September 12, 2010:  “Educational, Excellent: monotypes at the Harlow Gallery” by Dan Kany

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Unique blog review of “Small Movements”

Small Movements was reviewed on Micheal Heath’s Christian Civic League blog today:


Here’s our favorite quote: “Although modern art has offered many bizarre subjects in the past, no art gallery has been bold enough to exhibit a simple garbage can.”