Call for Artwork by Homeschool Students for Young at Art

Our popular “Young at Art K-8” exhibit is right around the corner. This will be our 16th year of celebrating talented art students and our second year integrating artwork by homeschooled students!  All Maine homeschool students grade K-8 are invited to participate.  You may submit 1 piece of original student artwork per student. Work will be chosen through a jury process. NOTE: There is no limit to how many students can enter per household but each student may only enter one piece. Hope to hear from you soon and good luck! Email submission deadline: Saturday, February 2, 2019 by 11:59pm.


  1. Send an email to with ”for Young at Art from [artist’s name]” in the subject line.   
  2. Attach your JPEG image to the email. Each artist may submit one work of art. (You may submit more than one image for each 3D work if you feel it will help the jurors understand the work. For 2D work please submit one image only. If accepted, we may use your images for the exhibition postcard,  press release and other marketing to promote the show.
  3. For each entry please include the following information in the body of the email:
    Art Teacher Name (optional)
    Student name


Submission Deadline: Saturday, February 2, 2019 by 11:59pm. 
Exhibit on view: February 23 – March 23, 2019
Where: The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell
Deliver art to The Harlow: Friday, February 8th & Saturday February 9th 12-6pm. Please call 622-3813 to make other arrangements or if you have questions.
Opening reception: Saturday, February 23, 11am-3:30pm.  Due to the high volume of visitors for this show we are asking participating artists (and their guests)  to come at specific times as follows:
11am – 12:30pm – kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade
12:30 -2 pm – 3rd, 4th & 5th grade
2 – 3:30 pm – 6th, 7th & 8th grade


Past Prize Winners

Ian Trask, winner Best in Show Art2018
Complete list of winners from 2018


Harrison Walker, winner Best in Show Art2017
Complete list of winners from 2017


Art2016 Best In Show Ronald Frontin

Ronald Frontin, winner Best in Show Art2016
Complete list of winners from 2016


Art2015 Best in Show Winner Tanya Fletcher

Tanya Fletcher, winner Best in Show Art2015
Complete list of winners from 2015


Amy Peters Wood Best in Show Art2014

Amy Peters Wood, winner Best in Show Art2014 
Complete list of winners from 2014


1 Dan Kany w Judith Schuppien Art2013

Judith Schuppien, winner Best in Show Art2013 (with juror Dan Kany)
Complete list of winners from Art2013

  Megan Daigle, best in show winner Art2012

Megan Daigle, winner Best in Show Art2012
 Complete list of winners from Art2012



Gwen Sylvester, winner Best in Show Art2011
Complete list of winners from Art2011


Debra Arter, Winner of Best in Show Art2010
Complete list of winners from Art2010


Ed McCartan, Winner of Best in Show Art2009
Complete list of winners from Art2009


Robin Brooks, Winner of Best in Show Art2008
Complete list of winners from Art2008


Alesia Norling, Winner of Best in Show Art2007


Matthias Kangas, Winner of Best in Show Art2006


Ken Sahr, Winner of Best in Show Art2005



 Michael Hudak, Best in Show winner Art2004


Slide Show 9379 for between shows

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March 15 Healing with Clay cancelled

Healing with Clay

Sunday, March 15, 1-4pm – cancelled

Clay work can be therapeutic, allowing for healthy expression of thoughts and feelings and the release of stress that is vital to maintaining a healthy, balanced life. Come learn how to work with clay to create your own masterpiece and maybe even feel a little healthier. No experience necessary.

Instructor: Malley Weber of Hallowell Clay Works

Cost: $45/person (includes all art supplies). This class is offered through MaineGeneral Healthy Living Resource Center. To register visit, click on Search All Classes and Events and search for the keyword “clay”.




Members’ Shows

The Harlow Gallery presents shows dedicated to showcasing work by members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association each year. Member’s shows are promoted as “art show and sale”, which means that gallery visitors may purchase work and take it home the same day. Gallery staff will call the artist whose work was sold so that he or she can bring in a replacement. Some members have sold two or three works over the course of one exhibition!  

Click here for upcoming calls for artists, including members’ shows.

Members’ Show Guidelines

1. Framing and Presentation: All work must be ready to hang safely and securely. Clips and sawtooth hangers are unacceptable because they tend to be much less secure than the alternative (we have had work fall off the wall, causing damaging other works on the way down).  The hanging committee volunteers do not have time to wire or repair frames so please do this beforehand.  Works on paper should be framed and under glass or plexiglass for member’s shows.  The KVAA will not accept liability for damage to unframed work under any circumstance.

2. Paperwork: All work must be clearly marked with your name, contact information, title of the work, and price; or, if your work is not for sale, mark it NFS but please include the value for insurance purposes. We make show labels from your entry form, so in order to insure accuracy, entry forms must be legible. Please write neatly!

3. Stick to the Schedule: Late entries put extra demands on our staff; please deliver your work during the appropriate times.  If you do bring your work late we cannot guarantee you a place in the show. No work can be removed from an exhibit unless it is sold during a cash and carry show; please don’t ask to pick it up before the exhibition ends.  

We have very limited storage space, so it is imperative that your work be picked up during the designated times. Work that is not picked up in a timely fashion runs the risk of being damaged. Also, any piece that is not picked up in time is subject to a $5 per day storage fee. If the work is not picked up within two weeks it will be considered abandoned, and will be sold at our next silent auction.  We understand that unforeseen events and emergencies can occur and we will of course not penalize anyone in such a situation. We encourage artists to carpool or make arrangements for a fellow artist to pick up multiple works.

4. New Work please: Each piece of art will be limited to one showing at the Harlow Gallery; gallery visitors look forward to seeing new work.  Please don’t submit work that has already been in a show at the Harlow. All work must have been completed within the last three years.

5. Smaller is Better for Member’s Shows: Member’s shows are very popular –  we currently receive about  100 works, which was quite a challenging number to hang.  So even though we love large format art, member’s shows just aren’t the place for it — we have instituted a size limitation as follows for 2 dimensional work:  No wall hung work may exceed 18″x24″ including the frame (or a total of 432 square inches for non- standard support sizes).  Large work will be accepted, but if there is a space problem oversize work will be the first to be cut. In other words, if you choose to bring in over-sized work we cannot guarantee you a spot in the show.  Exception for sculptural work (which we never seem to get enough of): limitations for free-standing sculpture are that it fit through the door, its footprint should not exceed 4 square feet, weight not to exceed 150 lbs,  maximum height 8′ and that it be stable and safe for public viewing. Sculpture that requires wall space for any reason must conform to the size limitations for 2D work.  If you are planning to submit a large sculpture, you must inform gallery staff in advance and plan to work closely with us to ensure timely placement and de-installation.

6. Bin Work – During members’ shows, current members may submit up to 2 pieces of original 2 dimensional work (no reproductions including giclee prints) or unframed canvases or panels not to exceed 2″ deep. Works on paper should be matted and shrink wrapped or bagged in Mylar bags, and no larger than 18 x 24. Pieces should be labeled on the back with the following information: artist’s name, title, media and price (price includes Harlow 35% commission). Unsold work must be picked up at the same time as the work in the show.

7. Content Disclaimer: While we fully support freedom of expression on behalf of all artists, we also welcome visitors of all ages to the Harlow Gallery. Therefore we reserve the right to decline to exhibit work with an excessively violent, obscene, explicit or pornographic content. In such cases the Exhibition Committee will review the work in question and make a decision on a case by case basis.

Following these simple guidelines will insure that your work is included in member’s shows. Please realize that failure to do so may result in the exclusion of your work. Lastly, please be considerate of and pleasant to our staff, volunteers, and interns; unprofessional and disrespectful behavior can be very distracting and counterproductive for all concerned.

Deborah Fahy, Executive Director

As determined by the Exhibition Committee for Member’s shows at the Harlow Gallery, 2011 version, updated May 2014


Annual Silent Art Auction

On view and open for bids February 12-15, 2014

The Kennebec Valley Art Association’s annual Silent Art Auction returns February 12-15, 2014. Sweet deals on original art donated by local artists and art collectors.  You’ll find paintings, pastels, sculpture, prints, photographs, crafts, artifacts; art by KVAA members and other Maine artists, vintage and antique art — art collectors LOVE this event!

Artists and collectors interested in making a donation of art, please click here!

Wednesday, February 12 – open for bids noon to 6pm

Thursday, February 13 – open for bids noon to 6pm

Friday, February 14 –  open for bids noon to 6 pm –  Valentine’s Day Reception 4-6 pm!

Saturday, February 15 –  open for bids noon to 4 pm – (bidding ends at 4 pm SHARP) – Reception at Easy Street Lounge 4-6pm!  

Bidding for our Annual Silent Art Auction ends Saturday, February 15th at 4pm sharp. While gallery staff and volunteers process auction winners, bidders and everyone else are invited to Easy Street Lounge, at 7 Front Street for an Art Auction Reception from 4-6pm. Light fare will be provided by Easy Street and specialty cocktails will be available at the bar for purchase. At 5pm the Harlow Gallery reopens for winning bidders to collect and pay for their art.

Winning bidders may pay for and take home art from 5-6:30 pm on Saturday or on Monday, February 17 from 10am – 2pm.  Also Thursday and Friday, February 20 & 21 from noon to 5pm.

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Poetry Reading: Judy Feinstein, Jim Donnelly & Ted Bookey

Poets Judy Feinstein, Jim Donnelly & Ted Bookey will read from their poetry

May 24, 2013, 7 pm at the Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street in Hallowell.  Light refreshments served.  Suggested contribution: $3.00. For further information call Ted Bookey at 685-3636.

Here’s a sampler to whet your appetite: 


Passing Storm — Judy Feinstein

Clouds come in—

Building, spreading, darkening,

to fill the sky.


The wind picks up and with one last, slow push, the rain starts:

A few drops at first and then with a rush,

sounds of rain, wind, leaves moving on trees, all together

in one upstoppable, unmistakable show of power—

next the crack of lightening, the roll of thunder.

coming in from the northwest.

The storm stays awhile, loudly, then moves off.


Birds start calling as the rain lets up—insistent. Rapid chirps, not songs—

Everyone all right? I imagine they ask. Are you still there?

As the storm recedes they are quiet again, and then

The clouds lift, sun breaks through and the singing starts.


So it was with losing you —

When the sky cleared I could see

we’d lost each other.         


Untitled —   Jim Donnelly

A country should be a place you could walk

End to end in a day. Luxembourg is one.

Mm Brooklyn. You could hitch, drive or walk

America like Kerouac did but never know

Her or look her in her eyes. I want a plot of ground

To call my country. I want to run an old

Work shirt up a pole and call it a flag. 


Losing It —  Ted Bookey

You win some, lose some—

Lose some winsomeness

Down the drain with

Sum of teeth & hair

That look of young


Your time to use or lose it lost

Lost your way along the way

Thrown for a loss you lost

All sense of what you lost

And found you had


Became a see–er & unseen

You got lost in thought

Lost train & track of

Everything you think

You thought & think:


No time left for you to lose

You’d try to find but knew

How again you’d only gain

One more thing for you

To lose anew


You are completely at a loss for words

If your loss wasn’t screwed on tight

I bet you’d lose that too

You’d be at a total …                                          


People’s Choice Award winners announced

Cynthia Ahlstrin of Winthrop won the People’s Choice Award by popular vote at the conclusion of Art2012, the 17th annual juried art show at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. Visitors to the juried art exhibition during the month of May were invited to vote for their favorite work of art. Ahlstrin won a $100 cash prize, sponsored by the Animal Wellness Center of Augusta, for her sculpture entitled “Every Shoe Tells a Story”.



Judith Schuppien of Pittston won second place for her oil painting entitled “Harbor Market”. Schuppien received a gift membership to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Harlow Gallery.



Art2012 award winning artists

The Kennebec Valley Art Association proudly announces the award-winning artists for Art2012, on view at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell through June 2nd.  The KVAA’s annual juried show (now in its seventeenth year!) draws artists to Hallowell from all over the state of Maine. 55 works of art by 49 artists were juried into the exhibition, out of a total of 296 works of art submitted by 103 artists.  This years’ jurors where Luc Demers and Amy Stacey Curtis.

Special  thanks to Kennebec Savings Bank for sponsoring Art2012, and to this year’s season sponsors, Kennebec Savings Bank, Dead River Company and the Bank of Maine for helping to make Art2012 and much more possible.  This year’s programming at the Harlow Gallery have been made possible by a grant from the Quimby Family Foundation.

Prizes where awarded at the opening celebration on Friday, May 11th as follows:

Best in Show! a cash prize of $500 contributed by the Wolfington Group of Augusta was awarded to Megan Daigle of Farmingdale for her screen print and etching entitled “Luke”.
“Megan Daigle has wonderfully combined the printing techniques of silkscreening and etching in her piece “Luke”. We were both drawn to the piece immediately both for its mundane subject–the random notebook page–and the fact that we were both unsure of what it says above its namesake. It is a piece one could return to day after day for years to see and read something new.” ~  Luc Demers and Amy Stacey Curtis

Second Prize a cash prize of $250 ponsored by DownEast Energy of Hallowell was awarded to Hanji Chang of Lincolnville for her acrylic paintings,  “Chairman Meow” and “General Tso’s Chicken”
“Hanji Chang’s General Tso’s Chicken and Chairman Meow, are two works we felt needed to be recognized for their satire, color, and execution. We also both loved the element of collage with the addition of the sticker. “ ~  Luc Demers and Amy Stacey Curtis


Third Prize $150 sponsored by The Bank of Maine of Hallowell was awarded to Larinda Meade of Portland for her dry point intaglio print entitled “Land”
” Larinda Meade’s Land, is an exquisite and sensitive, Intaglio print, astutely executed and beautifully rendered. “
~ Luc Demers and Amy Stacey Curtis


Juror’s Choice prize of $150 sponsored by Macomber, Farr and Whitten Insurance Services of Augusta: Amy Stacey Curtis chose Lloyd Ferris’s photographic panarama entitled “Baker’s Smelt Camps”.  Ferris lives in Richmond.
“I love sequence in singular works; so I was naturally drawn to Lloyd Ferriss’ Baker’s Smelt Shack. I appreciate the thoughtfulness that went into which photos would be adjacent, the way shack corners and lines meet, the characters, the culture, and the depth.” ~ Amy Stacey Curtis


Juror’s Choice prize of $150 sponsored by Digital ImageWorks of Waterville: Luc Demers awarded his Juror’s Choice prize  to Claudia Brahms of Hallowell for her monotype with pastel entitled “Red Sky”
“Though not the boldest piece in the show I found myself returning again and again to this wonderful little gem. Its bright colors and small-scale demand  intimate attention as abstract forms give way to a landscape. “ ~ Luc Demers


The Shortcake Ferris Award for best depiction of an animal, a $50 cash prize
goes to Patricia King of Waterville for her digital inkjet print entitled “girl with lions and tigers”


Honorable Mention winners were awarded gift certificates donated by these fine area businesses: Brahms Mount of Hallowell, Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, The Framemakers of Waterville, Gosline’s Hardware of Farmingdale, Grand Central Cafe of Waterville, Rail Road Square Cinema of Waterville, Slates Restaurant and Bakery of Hallowell.  Award winners are as follows:

Cynthia Ahlstrin of Winthrop for her sculpture entitled “Every Shoe Tells a Story”

Wendy Burton of Oakland for her ceramic sculpture entitled “Tree Box with Red Stripe”

Ross Grams of Vienna for his oil on panel entitled “Down the Road”

Ed McCartan of Brunswick for his acrylic on paper entitled “Open the Gate”

Bob Richardson of Washington for his mixed media on paper entitled “02.03.12”

Jodi Williams of West Gardiner for her collage entitled “Turning”

During the exhibition gallery visitors are asked to help determine the winner of two additional prizes: the 1st place People’s Choice Award (a $100 cash sponsored by The Animal Wellness Center of Augusta), and 2nd place People’s Choice Award (a one year artist’s membership to the Kennebec Valley Art Association) will be awarded at the end of the exhibition based on popular vote. Visit the gallery and vote for your favorite!

Luc Demers is an artist living in Southern Maine. In the early nineties he studied art at USM, completing the BFA program with a concentration in photography.  In 1994, while continuing to pursue his personal work, he began working as a commercial photographer as well as shooting editorial work for The Casco Bay Weekly and The Maine Times. In 2010 he earned his MFA in Visual Art at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently, Demers is an exhibiting artist as well as an adjunct instructor at the University of Maine at Augusta teaching art.   Visit Luc’s website at

In 1998, Amy Stacey Curtis began an 18-year commitment to art-making, a project which would culminate through 9 solo-biennial exhibits from the year 2000 to the year 2016. In the end, Curtis will have installed 81 large-in-scope, interactive installation and new-media works in the vast mills of 8 or 9 Maine, USA towns. Each solo-biennial exhibit is a 22-month process, each exhibit exploring a different theme while requiring audience to perpetuate its multiple installations. The Maine Arts Commission’s 2005 Individual Artist Fellow for Visual Art, Curtis has committed to this work to convey that we are a part of a whole, that everyone and everything is connected and affects. Curtis’s seventh of nine solo biennials, SPACE, will take place October 6-26, 2012 throughout 30,000+ square feet of one of Maine’s vast abandoned mills or other industrial spaces. Learn more by visiting


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Christopher_Cart_painterCall me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me.


CSA: Community Supporting Arts – artist|farmer partnerships announced


The Kennebec Valley Art Association and the Kennebec Local Foods Initiative are delighted to announce the artist-farmer partners selected to participate in CSA: Community Supporting Arts as follows:

Kate Barnes of Oakland is partnered with Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan.

Susan Bickford of Newcastle and Kelsey Kobik of Portland are partnered with Goranson Farm in Dresden, and Dig Deep Farm (in residence at Goranson Farm).

Aleana Chaplin of Gardiner is partnered with Winterberry Farm in Belgrade.

Kim Christensen of Albion and Jamie Ribisi-Braley of Manchester are partnered with Wholesome Holmstead in Winthrop.

Matt Demers of Gardiner is partnered with SNAFU Acres Farm in Monmouth.

Kerstin Engman of Liberty is partnered with Treble Ridge Farm in Whitefield.

Tyler Gulden of Walpole is partnered with Morning Dew Farm in Newcastle.

Christine Higgins of Readfield is partnered with Annabessacook Farm in Winthrop.

Scott Minzy of Pittston is partnered with Long Meadow Farm in West Gardiner.

Maina Handmaker of Brunswick is partnered with Milkweed Farm in Brunswick.

Petrea Noyes of Lincolnville is partnered with Crescent Run Farm in Bremen.

Emily Trenholm of Portland is partnered with Fresh Start Farms in Lisbon.

The premise of this project is simple; we’ve partnered 14 Maine artists with 13 CSA farmers in central Maine and asked them to get to know each other well over the course of the 2012 growing season. The artists are already creating art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, landscapes, challenges and ideals. Artwork by all the participating artists will be exhibited at the Harlow Gallery in October 2012. Additional exhibitions focusing on select artist/farmer pairs will take place at partner venues in central Maine between November 2012 and February 2013, including Maine Farmland Trust Art Gallery and the art gallery at Sheepscot General at Uncas Farm, with additional venues to be announced soon. The timing of all the exhibitions is meant in part to help spread awareness about local CSA farms as they begin recruiting new members for 2013.

CSA: Community Supporting Arts is a project of the Kennebec Valley Art Association in partnership with the Kennebec Local Food Initiative. The Kennebec Valley Art Association is a 501(c)3 membership based arts organization, which has owned and operated the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell since 1963. The Kennebec Local Food Initiative is an organization based in Gardiner, Maine that strives to strengthen community food security through access, education, information and advocacy. CSA: Community Supporting Arts has been made possible by grant funding from the Maine Community Foundation and from the Davis Family Foundation.

Maine’s artist and farming communities are vibrant, idealistic groups, both key to our state’s unique sense of place, and the Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) believes that artists can use the power of their artistic voices to effect social change. Our partnering farmers are all operating CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in and around central Maine. In joining a CSA, folks make a financial commitment to their farm by investing in a share of the produce at the beginning of the growing season. In return farmers are committed to producing the freshest, most flavorful, high quality food possible for their members (most CSA farms adhere to organic standards as much as possible). Typically each CSA member gets a weekly delivery of produce from early summer through harvest. Community supported agriculture is a grassroots response to the growing social and environmental problems of our modern industrial food system, and this local foods movement is transforming relationships between people, food and farms. According to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association website, Maine’s CSA community includes over 160 farms with more than 6,500 families investing in their local farms through the purchase of shares.


Work in Ceramics by Paul Philbrick on view at “Harlow on the Circle” in Augusta

Please visit the office building at 45 Memorial Circle in Augusta to view work by artist Paul Philbrick of Belgrade, Maine.  Philbrick’s work is on display in the former ATM space viewable from outside the building from 9am to 9pm daily. The exhibition is on view now through March 15, 2012, and is sponsored by the Kennebec Valley Art Association.

In Philbrick’s work, entitled “Examining Future’s Past“, the artist blends imagery from ancient culture and current technology to create a unique series of tiles containing what appear to be mysterious messages from the past, or perhaps archaeological fragments of a larger, long-lost artifact. The artist explains, “I am exploring technology and its impact on our culture through this body of work as it reflects my thoughts regarding technology, society and religion.

Paul Philbrick works at the University of Maine at Augusta (for over 13 years) and he has all but finished his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art at UMA, with a concentration in ceramics. He is a self-proclaimed geek and gets loads of inspiration from popular culture. Philbrick explains, “I have always been fascinated by mythology – the traditions, belief structures, and stories of ancient cultures. I am also intrigued by film and television’s use of ancient culture where it is blurred with modern or super science.” For more information about Paul Philbrick’s work, visit his blog at



Artists to Discuss The Rules of Domesticity on Thursday!

Join the women behind  “The Rules Of Domesticity” for a gallery talk at the Harlow Gallery this Thursday evening at 7pm.

The four Maine artists, Cynthia J. Ahlstrin of Winthrop, Debra Arter of Damariscotta, Jennifer Booker of Readfield and Barbara Nelson Emerson of Fayette, will each briefly discuss the motivation behind their work, its process, refinement, and evolution. Additionally, poetry related to domestic housework will be read and questions and insights from the audience will be welcomed at the end of the talk.

Monthly ArtTalks at the Harlow have been made possible by generous support from The Bank of Maine
The Rules of Domesticity is on view at the gallery through November 26, 2011. Hours are Wednesdays -Saturdays noon to 6pm. The exhibition explores the contrast of the “traditional” and the “modern”, the feminine and the masculine, the proper and subversive. The exhibit affirms the artists’ shared interest in paradox, memory, irony and power relative to domestic life in order to shed light on cliche roles, stereotypes, work and history. The results are varied and exciting as they share their unique approaches and vision of life behind the “Rules” of Domesticity.



ArtTalk on Chalk

Join us on Thursday, October 13, from 7-8:30pm for an ArtTalk with Chalk artists, Peter Precourt and Luc Demers. October’s exhibition at the Harlow, entitled “Chalk”, is a collaborative exhibition of interdisciplinary two dimensional blackboard/chalk based images. The gallery talk will address the exhibition and the relationship between the blackboard and the photograph in relation to nostalgia, and to the past and present. The main focus will be on the collaborative process – which, in the case of Chalk, is extended to the community. At the ArtTalk, Demers and Precourt will engage the audience with a prompt, and then encourage participants to make or change work on at least one blackboard in the exhibition. The artists will document that process and incorporate the resulting photographs into the exhibition the following week. So, if you go to talk, you might get to be part of the show!

Monthly ArtTalks at the Harlow have been made possible by generous support from The Bank of Maine.


Chalk, the exhibition on view at the Harlow Gallery through October 29th, has both interactive and site based elements. The exhibition features new and un-exhibited photographs, paintings, and chalk drawings on a variety of surfaces, all created collaboratively by Demers and Precourt. According to the artists, “The chalkboard is an object loaded with cultural significance and collective memory: it is simultaneously a place authority and anxiety, questions and answers, past and present. If you are over thirty, you can look at the slate and close your eyes, you can still hear the screech of new chalk across a board, the clack of a dropped piece and the feel of clapped eraser dust rising to your nose.

For the past two years, Luc Demers has been salvaging and restoring blackboards, making chalk drawings on them with such divergent references as the night sky, Galileo’s stars, and Abstract Expressionism, and then photographing those drawings. They hover between abstraction and representation and address the vast depth of sky space and the flatness of the blackboard. Find out more at

Peter Precourt has been making tactile oil paintings, encaustic paintings and monotypes with a focus on lessons learned inside and outside the classroom for over a decade. Learn more at


ArtTalk with Robert Lash and Michel Droge – CANCELLED

Will be rescheduling soon! Watch this space.


Join us at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell on Thursday, September 8, from 7-8:30pm for a gallery talk with artists Robert Lash of Gardiner and Michel Droge of Portland.  Sculpture by Lash and drawings by Droge will be on view through the month of September at the gallery, located at 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell.

Monthly ArtTalks at the Harlow have been made possible by generous support from The Bank of Maine.

Suggested donation $3.



August ArtTalk: Ed McCartan on “Fishing for Subject Matter”

“You are ready to paint, brushes in hand, standing in front of your canvas……….but the creative muse will not make the scene. Try as you might, no ideas will come to you. I think we all often have this experience. My subject is how we can “jump start” the creative juices to get going on a painting. Altering our work, changing subject matter, reworking old material….these are some of the the things we can ponder together. We can learn from each other, and overcome our inertia, so that we can get going and create that great work we know is just waiting to come from us.” –Ed McCartan

Join us on Thursday, August 11 at 7pm for an ArtTalk with Ed McCartan.   Ed will be one of seven artists participating inNature’s Keep:  Artists responding to Divine Design on view at the Harlow through the month of August. Monthly ArtTalks at the Harlow have been made possible by generous support from The Bank of Maine.

Ed McCartan lives in Brunswick, where he has a studio in Ft. Andross, and old mill along the Androscoggin River. He retired from teaching studio art and art history, most recently at Emma Willard and Russell Sage College in Troy, NY.  Ed holds an MFA from the State University at Albany, and masters degrees in education and theology, with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He continues to teach seniors at Midcoast Senior College, as well as giving workshops in his studio. His work hangs in the permanent collection of several museums and in corporate and private collections.



July 14 ArtTalk with Malley Weber

Please join ceramic artist Malley Weber, from Hallowell Clay Works for an artist slide presentation and talk at the Harlow Gallery on Thursday, July 14th at 7pm.


Weber is a potter, a teacher, a business person, a poet, and performer. She has been digging local clay for her pottery and sculptural work and is currently building a wood-fired kiln that can be supplemented with recycled vegetable oil. Although her work is increasingly labor intensive it shows her commitment to creating a sustainable practice.

Her imaginary and often whimsical characters tell a darker story of death and grief, loss and of the subconscious bubbling forth. Her sculpture and performance work are both deep and raw with emotion. Malley weaves a narrative from her own childhood loss by sharing her experiences of digging into the earth and tapping into a highly intuitive way of creating. Malley’s work is both elemental and ritualistic from the gathering of materials to the mystery of the firing process.

Join us as Malley explains her artistic practice metaphorically through the elements of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire.

Monthly ArtTalks at the Harlow have been made possible by generous support from The Bank of Maine.

Exhibitions at the Harlow Gallery have been made possible by our season sponsors, The Bank of Maine, Dead River Company, Kennebec Savings Bank, and by a generous grant from the Quimby Family Foundation and from the city of Hallowell.


Solon artist Abby Shahn to present June ArtTalk

Join us on Wednesday, June 15 at 7pm for an ArtTalk with Abby Shahn!

Abby Shahn has lived both in the heart of New York City and now in rural Maine. Her abstract expressionistic work bears witness to political events, while allowing the viewer to interpret freely. She will discuss the life of an artist living, gardening, surviving winter and creating art in this place & in these times. Learn more about Shahn and her work by visiting her website: Monthly ArtTalks at the Harlow have been made possible by generous support from The Bank of Maine. $3 suggested donation


Abby Shahn is one of fourteen artists who will be participating in The Drawing Story, our June 2011 exhbition. What is the drawing story? Fourteen artists including painters, illustrators, a sculptor and a tattoo artist will respond to that simple question. Curated by Monmouth artist Amy Ray, The Drawing Story will be on view at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell June 3-25, 2011. The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception on Friday, June 3rd from 5-8pm.  Participating artists in The Drawing Story include: Patrick Plourde of New Gloucester, John Curtis Jennison of Bath and Brooklyn, NY, Abby Shahn of Solon, Camille Cole of Freeport, Amy Ray of Monmouth, James Frederic Rose of New York City, Jen Bradford of Portland and Beacon, NY, Joe Klofas of Hallowell and also Chris Dingwell, Larry Hayden, Kimberly Convery, Stephen Burt, Deborah Randall and George Lloyd, all of Portland.

Exhibitions at the Harlow Gallery have been made possible by our season sponsor, Kennebec Savings Bank and by the Quimby Family Foundation.


Vienna Artist Winner of People’s Choice Award at the Harlow Gallery

Ross Grams of Vienna won the People’s Choice Award by popular vote at the conclusion of Art2011, the 16th annual juried art show at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. Visitors to the juried art exhibition during the month of May were invited to vote for their favorite work of art. Grams won a $100 cash prize, sponsored by the Animal Wellness Center of Augusta, for his oil painting entitled “Under the Barn”.


Pamela Hetherly of New Vernon won second place for her oil painting entitled “Post Office Café Stir”. Hetherly will receive a gift membership to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Harlow Gallery.


May ArtTalk to Highlight Watercolor Artist’s Experience in France

The public is invited to the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell on Thursday, May 12 at 7pm for an ArtTalk on an artist’s experience painting in France.  Watercolor artist Diane Dubreuil, formerly of Lewiston and summer resident of Monmouth, will present a program on en plein air painting. Ms. Dubreuil’s multi-media presentation will highlight her experiences during a month-long art residency at the Musee de la Grande Vigne in Brittany, France. “I used to think of the creation of art as a solitary experience. The special joy that comes with plein air painting happens nearly every time I go out as a result of sharing time out-of-doors with friends and people I meet. Wherever I go, people are happy to watch what I’m doing, they ask questions and eagerly share their experiences with me.” Visit Ms. Dubreuil’s website at for more information about her work. 

Monthly ArtTalks at the Harlow have been made possible by generous support from Savings Bank of Maine.

A life-long artist whose media of choice is transparent watercolor, Ms. Dubreuil has studied with well-respected watercolorists such as Frank Webb and Carlton Plummer. Over the last 20 years, she has been employed as a digital artist and Art Director, primarily for Children’s Author-Illustrator, Mercer Mayer. She is Chairman of the New Milford (CT) Commission on the Arts, a town funded organization dedicated to providing enriching arts and cultural experiences for the public. She belongs to the New England Watercolor Society, the Plein Air Painters of Maine, NH Plein Air, and the CT Plein Air Painters Society. Most recently, she became a signature member of the International Plein Air Painters. Last year she designed a plein air program for artists bringing attention to and supporting a local land trust. She says, ” It seemed ‘natural,’ pardon the pun. But, artists are always looking for beautiful places to paint and many of the properties being preserved need people to know and care about them.  Artists are among the most respectful people of our natural environment.”